Royal jelly is collected and sold as a dietary supplement for humans, claiming various health benefits because of components such as B-complex vitamins such as pantothenic acid (vitamin B5) and vitamin B6 (pyridoxine). The overall composition of royal jelly is 67% water, 12.5% crude protein, including small amounts of many different amino acids, and 11% simple sugars (monosaccharides), also including a relatively high amount (5%) of fatty acids. It also contains many trace minerals, some enzymes, antibacterial and antibiotic components, and trace amounts of vitamin C, but none of the fat-solub.
Uses of royal jelly:
Royal jelly has been reported as a possible immunomodulatory agent in Graves’ disease.It has also been reported to stimulate the growth of glial cells and neural stem cells in the brain. To date, there is preliminary evidence that it may have some cholesterol-lowering, anti-inflammatory, wound-healing, and antibiotic effects, though the last three of these effects are unlikely to be realized if ingested (due to the destruction of the substances involved through digestion, or neutralization via changes in pH). Research also suggests that the 10-Hydroxy-2-decenoic acid (10-HDA) found in royal jelly may inhibit the vascularization of tumors. Royal jelly has also been hypothesized to correct cholesterol level imbalances due to nicotine consumption.
Graves Disease Royal jelly is believed to be potentially beneficial to patients with Graves’ disease.
Brain Health One study found that royal jelly has the ability to stimulate the growth of neural stem cells and glial cells in the brain, which may mean that it can help prevent diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.
Cholesterol Studies have found that royal jelly has the ability to lower total serum cholesterol levels in people with moderately elevated cholesterol levels.
Anti-Aging It is believed to have anti-aging properties, improving collagen production in skin and overall youthfulness.
Anti-Inflammatory It has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties when ingested and when applied topically.
Wound Healing Research has found that royal jelly has wound healing properties when applied topically to the skin.
Antibiotic Royal jelly contains an antibiotic called 10-Hydroxy-Dgr2-decenoic acid that is effective against many bacteria.
Cancer Research in Japan suggests that royal jelly has strong anti-cancer properties. Croatian researchers found that royal jelly injected into mice at the same time that they were injected with cancer cells significantly reduced the spread of cancer.
Fertility Royal jelly is believed to aid in fertility by improving the quality of a woman’s eggs and promoting overall youthfulness of her reproductive organs and body.
PMS Many women find that royal jelly relieves many of the symptoms of PMS.
Before you decide to take royal jelly, be aware that people with allergies to bees or honey may have serious allergic reactions to it.