Royal jelly: description, properties, benefits

Royal jelly: description, properties, benefits

Royal jelly is a gelatinous substance produced by bees to feed the queen bee.

It has been used for years in traditional medicine to relieve or counter some symptoms and ailments. Let's find out better.

What is royal jelly

Royal jelly is a gelatinous substance produced by the hypopharyngeal and maxillary glands of worker bees to feed the larvae up to 3 days of life and the queen bee, for which it represents the only food.

It has been used in traditional medicine for several years, especially as a natural tonic, being rich in nutrients and properties.


Composition of royal jelly

Pure royal jelly contains:

  • Miele;
  • pollen;
  • saliva.

From a nutritional point of view, it's composed by:

  • Acqua;
  • carbohydrates;
  • grassi;
  • protein;
  • different mineral salts and vitamins, including B vitamins.


Benefits of royal jelly

There are several properties of royal jelly, with numerous benefits in adults, the elderly and children. Let's see some of them:

  • Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory.
  • antibacterial.
  • It stimulates the production of collagen, useful in wound healing.
  • Improve cholesterol.
  • Improve your blood sugar.
  • Improve blood pressure.
  • Promotes the health of the nervous system.
  • Counteracts aging.
  • Strengthens the immune system.
  • Improve mood and memory.


What is royal jelly for

As we have seen, the effects of royal jelly are manifold, but, being rich in vitamins, it can be useful mainly as revitalizing and restorative, in case of:

  • Exhaustion;
  • fatigue;
  • difficulty concentrating and memory.

Furthermore, it can be used to strengthen the immune system, counter symptoms of menopause e relieve pain related to inflammation.


Contraindications of royal jelly

Consuming royal jelly tends to be safe, however, it is good pay attention in case of allergy to bee stings or pollen.

Rarely adverse effects such as asthma and dermatitis.



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Therapeutic Properties of Bioactive Compounds from Different Honeybee Products, Frontiers in pharmacology

Improvement of neurological disorders in postmenopausal model rats by administration of royal jelly, Climacteric

Royal jelly enhances antigen‐specific mucosal IgA response, Food science & nutrition

Honey, Propolis, and Royal Jelly: A Comprehensive Review of Their Biological Actions and Health Benefits, Oxidative medicine and cellular longevity

Royal jelly decreases corticosterone levels and improves the brain antioxidant system in restraint and cold stressed rats, Neuroscience Letters

Functional and Proteomic Investigations Reveal Major Royal Jelly Protein 1 Associated with Anti-hypertension Activity in Mouse Vascular Smooth Muscle Cells, Scientific reports

Royal Jelly: An ancient remedy with remarkable antibacterial properties, Microbiological Research

Identification of a Novel Hypocholesterolemic Protein, Major Royal Jelly Protein 1, Derived from Royal Jelly, PLoSE One

Antioxidant Potential of Propolis, Bee Pollen, and Royal Jelly: Possible Medical Application, Oxidative medicine and cellular longevity

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