Firstly, what is Royal Jelly?
Royal Jelly is the secretion produced by the worker bees and is fed to the larvae of the colony as well as the Queen Bee.
When a new Queen Bee is needed, selected larvae will be chosen and fed massive amounts of Royal Jelly.
The large amount of Royal Jelly allows the development of a Queen to morph including the ovaries needed to lay further eggs. Queen Bees continue to consume only Royal Jelly throughout the rest of her life.
So, what is it about Royal Jelly that is so amazing?
It is packed full of amazing nutrients such as amino acids, antioxidants, trace amounts of minerals such as calcium, magnesium, zinc, potassium and selenium.
It also includes acetylcholine which may be beneficial for brain function and the central nervous system as it plays an important role in neurotransmitter function.
Royal Jelly is one of the only known natural food sources of acetylcholine. But the nutrient content does not end there, the list is way too long to type up!
The key is that there are not exceptionally high amounts of these nutrients but trace amounts of the natural substances. This means the human body can recognise them must faster and utilise them more effectively.
Here's why Royal Jelly is yet another Bee Product Super Food!
Although there is not a whole lot of research available on Royal Jelly what is available shows the promising benefits that Royal Jelly could have for human health. These include:
As a potent antioxidant it may be cardio protective, but also shows some positive results for bringing down cholesterol due to its lecithin content. Royal Jelly may also help with blood pressure and this may be due to the potassium content.
The amino acid content as well as its antioxidant effect may be beneficial for the skin. Some research has even shown how using Royal Jelly can help to speed up wound healing time.
The fact that Royal Jelly also includes important skin nutrients such as silica, zinc and trace amounts of B-Vitamins that are all essential for skin may be the reason why so many people use Royal Jelly for skin care.
It is also an anti-inflammatory modular meaning it helps to control inflammation in the skin.
As mentioned, one of the key nutrients of Royal Jelly is Acethlcholine.
Some research shows that Royal Jelly may be beneficial for brain fog, low mood and general cognition.
A six-month study where the subjects were aged 42-83 who were given 3000mg of Royal Jelly daily showed improvements in overall mental and cognitive health compared to the beginning baseline survey.
Early research indicates that, due to its anti-inflammatory effect, it may be beneficial for those who have auto-immune conditions where inflammation is deregulated.
Royal Jelly targets different immune cells with the ability to either dampen down the unwanted effects or increase the positive effects.
Royal Jelly has been used in studies for auto-immune conditions such as Grave's Disease, Lupus and Rheumatoid Arthritis.
This is probably the most popular reason people try Royal Jelly.
Again, this due to its nutrient profile specific to skin care such as the amino acids, B-Vitamins, Zinc, Selenium etc.
Its antioxidant power also helps to fight free radical damage that promotes premature ageing. Royal Jelly may also help to promote collagen production, helping the skin to appear more youthful.
Royal Jelly may also help to reduce hyper pigmentation by slowly melanin production down by inhibiting specific enzyme involved in melanin production.