Royal Jelly is the food of queen honeybees, hence the name. It’s a gelatinous milky‐white substance secreted by the glands of young nurse worker bees, which is used to feed and nurture their reigning queen so that she can be bigger, more fertile and live longer than all the other bees. Because of this, Royal Jelly has been used as a food and medicine for thousands of years and has a remarkable nutritional profile allowing it to be used as a tonic for general health and wellbeing.
Here are some benefits of Royal Jelly you might not know:
- Royal Jelly is a source of macronutrients – Royal Jelly contains around 60‐70% water, 10‐16% carbohydrates, 3‐6% lipids and 12‐15% protein,1 which are all used by the body for growth, maintenance and energy.
- Royal Jelly vitamins and minerals – Royal Jelly typically contains 2‐3% vitamins,2 including Bcomplex vitamins and vitamin A, C, D and E plus minerals such as calcium, copper, iron, phosphorus, potassium, silica and sulphur,1 which are used for various body functions and for the maintenance of good health.
- Royal Jelly has antioxidant potential – Royal Jelly contains phenolic compounds known as flavonoids that have antioxidant activity. Antioxidants are important for keeping us healthy by fighting free radical damage in the body that can contribute to various health conditions.
- Royal Jelly has antibacterial properties – In vitro (test tube) studies have found that royalisin, a protein in Royal Jelly, has antibacterial activity against various strains of bacteria.1
Due to the high risk of allergic potential, royal jelly products should be avoided in allergy or asthma sufferers as it has been reported to cause severe allergic reactions and in very rare cases fatalities.