Royal Jelly is a unique biological substance. It is a white or almost yellowish liquid secreted from the hypopharangeal glands in the heads of the nurse bees. Produced by bees Royal Jelly is used to sustain the Queen bee throughout her life.
Worker bees are fed a diet of royal jelly the first 3 days of their lives. Hatching in 21 days, they live only one to three months. The egg from which the queen hatches was originally identical to all the others. Fed a specific royal jelly diet the queen will hatch in 16 days. During a season she might easily produce up to 2,000 eggs a day. A queen bee might rule her hive for as long as eight years. The secret of her longevity and remarkable vitality is completely nutritional. One of the most valuable gifts of the hive, royal jelly has been shown to beneficially affect metabolism, growth, and cellular renewal within the human body.
A treasure chest of nutrients and energy, ninety-seven percent of the components in royal jelly have been identified. It is 13% protein, 14% carbohydrates, 5-6% beneficial lipids, and a full spectrum of vitamins, including pantothenic and folic acids. The minerals royal jelly supplies include calcium, copper, iron, phosphorous, potassium, silicon, and sulfur. It also contains at least 18 amino acids as well as cholinesterase; phosphatase; choline; acetylocholine, needed to allow nerve cells to function properly; adenosine; adenine derivatives; glucose, fructose, saccharose, ribose; and gamma-globulin, which helps your immune system fight off infections. Royal jelly is the only known source of 10-hydroxy-2dekenoic acid (10-HDA, a possible anti-cancer component), which is largely responsible for the antimicrobial properties.
Clinical research has shown the benefits of royal jelly in the treatment of depression, insomnia, cardiovascular diseases, constipation, sexual problems, hemorrhoids, dermal diseases, diabetes, high blood pressure, overwork, stomach disorders, arthritis, rheumatism, arteriosclerosis, delayed development, anorexia and stress. It acts as a physical regulator by balancing the body’s functions and increasing its physical resistance against external influences that ordinarily attack the immune system. Royal jelly has proven beneficial in the treatment of premature infants by stimulating growth. It is antibacterial, antibiotic and antiviral.
Three percent of royal jelly’s composition, the unknown elements, are believed to contain biocatalytes such as the important nucleic acids RNA and DNA, which cannot be synthetically reproduced. Duplicating what is thought to be the chemistry of royal jelly produced a substance with inactive effects on the human body. Synthetic chemistry could not replicate the formula nature provided the honeybee. Royal jelly continues to baffle modern science. This valuable substance is regarded as the crown jewel of the beehive.
Elkins, Rita, “Healing From The Hive-Bee Pollen, Royal Jelly, Propolis, and Honey”