This precious hive substance secreted by worker bees is a real anti-fatigue weapon.
From her larval state until her death, the queen is fed exclusively on royal jelly. This food allows it to be more imposing (on average 1.5 cm) and above all to live up to 4 or 5 years (instead of 45 days on average for other bees)! It is also royal jelly that is decisive when it comes to producing workers or future queens.
A royal composition!
Royal jelly contains all the nutrients needed by the queen : water, all the essential amino acids, a special protein called royalisin, carbohydrates with the classic sugars (glucose, fructose, sucrose), lipids with mainly the “good fatty acids” (omega, 3, 6 and 9 ) and a particular lipid (10-HDA) found only in royal jelly and which is believed to be partly responsible for the beneficial and characteristic effects of royal jelly, in particular its anti-cancer and neuroprotective activities. It also contains trace elements and vitamins, especially group B, essential for the proper functioning of the body.
An ally for fall and winter
The positive action of royal jelly on the immune system has been scientifically demonstrated: depending on the needs, it stimulates or slows down the reactions of the immune system. This property is due to several components: the lipid 10-DHA which has an antibacterial activity, selenium which is an antioxidant and stimulating trace element, and one of the main proteins of royal jelly.
So it is advisable to take it in prevention during the fall or when you are sick in winter.
A memory aid
Royal jelly is good for the brain. It participates in the maintenance of cognitive functions. Taking a cure before an exam is therefore a very good reflex. It also prevents or limits cognitive decline in the elderly. It gets this beneficial property from its particular unsaturated fatty acid (10-HDA). Clearly, it develops neurons and plays a central role in maintaining their capacities, in particular on long-term memory. Royal jelly seems to have an interest in the treatment of diseases of the Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s type, even if in vivo studies in animals are not yet available.
A good skin protector
Once again, the particular unsaturated fatty acid (10-HDA) plays a beneficial role: it protects the skin against the aggressions of UV-A and UV-B and therefore against ageing. It stimulates the synthesis of collagen by fibroplasts, proteins that contribute to the structure and firmness of the skin.. Thanks to this activity on collagen, royal jelly is, like honey, very interesting for the healing of wounds.
Other promising assets
Studies have shown that royal jelly may slow the progression of osteoporosis and also lower “bad cholesterol” (LDL – cholesterol) and total cholesterol. However, these results need to be confirmed by other scientific studies. To be continued !
Choose it well
Preferably, buy royal jelly in fresh, raw form. It appears as a white substance with a gelatinous consistency, similar to that of honey, and should be stored in the refrigerator.
Its cost is rather high due to the low yield of its production (1 kg on average per hive and per year), i.e. around 23 € for 10 g.
To know more : The great book of apitherapy, by Jean Nicolaÿ, Éditions Leduc.s, €18.