What’s So Special about Royal Jelly?
Royal jelly is food fit for a queen. One of the most transformative substances found in nature, royal jelly is a honey bee secretion. It comes from glands in the hypopharynx of worker nurse bees and is fed to all the larvae in a hive, regardless of their sex or caste. However, due to its high levels of nutrition, it is injected in copious amounts in custom made queen cells. By embedding this seemingly magic solution into the cells, the specially-chosen larvae morph into queens instead of regular worker bees, growing even the ovaries they need to lay eggs and continue the honey bee life cycle. In this way, this bee food not only feeds the rest of the honey bee colony but has the miraculous potential to transform ordinary larvae into royalty!
What is royal jelly exactly? As described, royal jelly is produced in the heads of the nurse workers from collected pollen. The workers transform the protein found in the pollen into this milky substance, which is then secreted from glands in their heads and fed to larvae to help them grow. To break it down, royal jelly is 67% water, 12.5% protein, 11% simple sugars (monosaccharides), 5% fatty acids and 2-3% 10-hydroxy-2-decenoic acid (10-HDA). It also contains trace minerals, antibacterial and antibiotic components, pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), pyridoxine (vitamin B6) and trace amounts of vitamin C, but none of the fat-soluble vitamins, A, D, E or K. The royal jelly protein is known specifically as Royalactin.
So, what makes it so special? Royal jelly has not only been used to build up the health of honey bees, is also marketed as a dietary supplement for humans. Falling under the category of Apitherapy – a branch of alternative medicine that uses honey bee products, including honey, pollen, propolis, royal jelly and bee venom – the use of royal jelly has recent roots in the Western world, with a long-standing history in the East. The substance is used in many ways and has been made into various consumable products such as supplement tablets and face creams. Manufacturers and apitherapists claim that the substance can boost the immune system, counter allergic reactions, prevent Alzheimer’s, contain probiotics, assist menopausal and postmenopausal symptoms, improve collagen levels in skin, heal wounds, treat osteoporosis, improve male fertility, treat diabetes and decrease mucositis.
Royal Jelly is a naturally occurring source of all the B Vitamins, Vitamins A, C, D and E, plus 18 amino acids and a range of minerals. The health benefits of of these nutrients is far reaching and includes support for the cardiovascular and immune systems and ongoing general wellbeing.
Health Benefits of Royal Jelly
- Royal Jelly is rich is B Complex Vitamins, known for boosting energy levels and stamina.
- B Complex vitamins are associated with improving mood and reducing stress levels.
- Royal Jelly contains high levels of vitamins A, C & E, all of which are often associated with skin health, elasticity and anti-ageing.
- Vitamins A, C and E are also excellent sources of antioxidants
- With Vitamin D, Royal Jelly may also assist in maintaining strong teeth and bones.
Australian Made Natural Life™ Royal Jelly is 100% pure, selected from only the purest beehives – free from chemical or antibiotic sprays. The soft gelatin capsules are BSE free and are made according to the Australian Code of Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP), so you get the highest quality of product every time.
This product is listed with the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods no: AUSTL 122592
Chloramphenicol Free – GMO Free – BSE Free Gelatin Softgel Capsules – No artificial colours and preservatives
WARNING: Royal Jelly has been reported to cause severe allergic reactions, especially in asthma and allergy sufferers. Not to be taken by asthma or allergy sufferers.