I came across royal jelly about a week ago while researching some possible solutions for some health concerns in our family members. As soon as I started reading about it, I was fascinated. Just the name has you wondering what it could possibly be… Basically it is a special food that is fed to the larvae of worker bees, as well as to the queen bee. Apparently the average lifespan of a worker bee is between a few weeks and a few months. However, the queen bee lives between 3-4 years.
Royal jelly is a secretion from the hypopharynx of worker bees and is fed to all larvae. However, when a colony has an aging queen, or is killed, the worker bees start to feed a few larvae with copious amounts of royal jelly in order to make a new queen. So, a queen bee is not born a queen bee, but rather made to become a queen.
So, just what is in royal jelly? Some people consider it a super food, with its complex source of nutrients. Pure Royal Jelly lists some of the benefits:
It is a very rich source of proteins and contains eight essential amino acids, important fatty acids, sugars, sterols and phosphorous compounds as well as acetylcholine. Acetylcholine is needed to transmit nerve messages from cell to cell. Too little of this compound makes individuals prone to Alzheimer’s disease. It contains gamma globulin, known to stimulate the immune system and fight off infections. “Royal jelly is an excellent source of nutrients and is gentle to the system,” says Steve Schechter, M.D. Royal jelly contains vitamins A, B-complex, C, D and E. It is particularly useful for its B-complex contents, including B1, B2, B6, B12, biotin, folic acid, and inositol. Royal jelly is high in the B vitamin pantothenic acid, recognized for its ability to reduce stress levels. It also supplies the minerals, calcium, copper, iron, phosphorous, potassium, silicon and sulfur. (www.pureroyaljelly.com)
Some of the uses for royal jelly include asthma, hay fever, liver disease, pancreatitis, insomnia, premenstrual syndrome, stomach ulcers, kidney disease, bone fractures, menopausal symptoms, skin disorders, and high cholesterol. In our family, we are trying it for asthma and allergy issues. However, it is also claimed that taking royal jelly prior to exercising gives you a burst of long-lasting energy, which is what I am going to be using it for. If a queen bee can produce 2 ½ times her body weight in eggs each day, then maybe royal jelly will help me run a little faster…
I have ordered my royal jelly from Durham’s Bee Farm (http://www.durhamsbeefarm.com/). Apparently, there are a lot of different companies who sell royal jelly at far greater prices, and the reviews on Amazon for Durham’s Bee Farm are all glowing with respect to their customer service, their pricing and their products. I have not received my order of “Queen’s Delight” yet – I ordered some with a friend to save on shipping and need to go pick it up from her. But I am hopeful that at least some of our health concerns will be alleviated.
Has anyone else used this product? What were your results? Please share in the comments section.