If you are someone that uses the honey that comes in squeezy bear-shaped bottles, you might be interested and happy to learn that the bees that make that brown liquid also make something called royal jelly that offers incredible health benefits. This jelly is fed to worker bees when they are first born. However, after the first 3 or 4 days of life, they are no longer allowed to eat royal jelly as most of it is saved for the queen bee. They don’t call her queen for nothing!
Royal jelly is absolutely packed with nutrients and because of these powerful nutrients, the queen bee is able to grow 10X as big as regular worker bees and live 20X as long or longer! These benefits in size and lifespan are attributed to a single protein called royalactin (hence the name).
Beyond this protein, royal jelly also boasts an impressive nutritional profile, containing a rich variety of nutrients including minerals like calcium, copper, iron, phosphorous, silicon, sulfur, and potassium, as well as many of the B-family vitamins, biotin, inositol, folate, nucleic acids, gamma globulin, and 17 different amino acids, including the 8 essential amino acids that your body needs but cannot produce itself.
6 Health Benefits of Royal Jelly
You know the queen bee is better off for eating royal jelly, but what can it do for you? Here are 6 impressive health benefits.
- Regulates Blood Pressure
Research on royal jelly has revealed that some of the proteins in it have a beneficial effect on blood pressure in humans. These proteins, combined with the potassium also found in royal jelly, which helps keep your blood vessels open, is a great way to manage your blood pressure and prevent heart disease.
- Balances Cholesterol Levels
Research has also found that adding royal jelly to your diet can help you reduce your “bad” LDL cholesterol level and raise your “good” HDL levels, thereby preventing your chance of experiencing heart attacks and strokes.
- May Prevent Certain Types of Cancers
A 2007 Japanese study found that the antioxidants found in royal jelly have an ability to inhibit bisphenol A, also known as BPA. BPA is an environmental estrogen, which has been linked to increased levels of breast cancer. Adding royal jelly to your diet may help to prevent breast cancer.
- Reduces Inflammation
It was revealed some time ago that inflammation is the real cause behind most diseases, including heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, Alzheimer’s and even cancer. So it should go without saying that you should take whatever action necessary to reduce the inflammation in your body.
The impressive list of vitamins and active enzymes in royal jelly make it a potential anti-inflammatory agent. And not only can you eat it and reduce inflammation, but it can also be used topically to relieve pain and inflammation.
- Prevents Premature Aging
I told you at the beginning of this article that royal jelly helps the queen bee live 20X longer than other worker bees. So it should come as no surprise that royal jelly can also offer humans anti-aging benefits.
Thanks to the powerful antioxidants in the jelly that fight free radicals, those who consume royal jelly on a regular basis can expect to see a reduction of fine lines, hair loss, and macular degeneration.
- Treats Infertility Issues and Erectile Dysfunction
It’s not yet clear exactly how royal jelly helps with these issues. What’s clear is that it somehow does. Some researchers suspect the benefits are connected to the protein royalactin, which affects the queen’s morphology and helps her become sexually viable. Whatever the exact mechanism, royal jelly has been shown to increase fertility and sperm motility in men, as well as helping men achieve long-lasting erections.
If you are suffering with any affliction that may be helped by royal jelly, we’ve got some great news. Our Golden Royal Honey contains royal jelly, along with other powerful nutrients that have also been found to benefit numerous health conditions. Getting healthier never tasted so sweet.