Learn the secrets of royal jelly and how it may benefit your health.
During these unprecedented days and as we are getting closer to winter, it’s really important to know how we can make our immune system stronger.
This article will present the benefits of using royal jelly to strengthen your immune system.
Since ancient times, royal jelly has been used as a nutritional supplement for human health and personal care, and to this day, it’s still intrinsic to both traditional and folk medicine, particularly in China and other Asiatic countries.
The benefits of royal jelly became wildly popular in the mid-1950s, when Pope Pius XII began using it as a natural therapy to treat his asthmatic problems and other health conditions due to old age. In fact, the Pope declared that “royal jelly is a food given by God to preserve youthfulness forever.” As a result, many Catholics and Christians began seeking it out, causing it to become scarce and expensive.
Royal jelly is a gelatinous substance produced by honey bees to feed the queen bees and their young. It is a milky secretion produced by worker honeybees. It typically contains about 60% to 70% water, 12% to 15% proteins, 10% to 16% sugar, 3% to 6% fats, and 2% to 3% vitamins, salts, and amino acids. Its composition varies depending on geography and climate.
According to research published in 2013, royal jelly may enhance your body’s natural immune response to foreign bacteria and viruses. MRJPs and fatty acids in royal jelly are known to promote antibacterial activity, which can reduce incidence of infection and support immune function.
Many of the purported health benefits of royal jelly are based on royalactin’s effect on developing bee larvae. When a queen bee dies, the worker bees will feed high quantities of royal jelly to a selected female larva, the consumption of which alters the insect’s DNA and turns it into a queen. Claims that eating royal jelly can help improve fertility stem from this fact. Also, there have been claims that royal jelly can be used as an anti-aging supplement due to the fact that worker bees live only for 30-40 days, when queen bees have much more longevity. It is said that queen bees live longer (3-5 years) because they consume exclusively royal jelly.
The bee-derived proteins, along with several antioxidants and antibacterial compounds, are believed to afford other health benefits to humans. In addition to all the above, royal jelly is said to have the following:
- Antibiotic effects
- Antibacterial effects
- Antioxidant properties
- Anti-tumor effects
- Bone support
- Diabetic support
- Digestive support
- Energy and vitality
- Fertility booster
- Healing wounds
- Healthy skin
- Hormone support & balance
- Immune system support
- Supports kidney, pancreatic and liver function
Also, Did You Know…
According to this article, honey is the only food that never spoils. In fact, archaeologists discovered 5,000-year-old Egyptian tombs that contained honey in them – and it was still good!
Although further research is needed to support the above effects, royal jelly undoubtedly could be a very useful natural supplement that could benefit your immune system and your overall health.