Did you know that honeybees live in all parts of the world except in the extreme polar regions? Did you also know that, while these bees are known for producing delicious honey (hence the name), they also produce something called royal jelly?
Both honey and royal jelly are used in food, medicinal and cosmetic products. But from here they have some differences and these differences can be very important when it comes to your health.
Let’s take a look at honey first.
After bees have flown around from flower to flower, collecting pollen, they carry this back to the hive and store it in the honeycomb for later use. This raw honey contains water, glucose, fructose and sucrose, plus a variety of vitamins and minerals.
Raw honey has been used for thousands of years in different cultures as a folk remedy to treat everything from wounds to colds to fatigue.
It must be mentioned, though, that any health benefits are specific to raw honey, not the pasteurized variety found in grocery stores. Raw honey is creamy in color and texture. At room temperature it can even be solid. The stuff you buy in the store is usually an amber color and more of a sticky liquid. This honey has been heated or pasteurized, a process which, unfortunately, destroys most of the nutrients offered.
If you want raw honey, you can generally find that at specialty stores or farmer’s markets. Raw honey benefits include:
Antibacterial and Antifungal Properties
That’s right, raw honey has the ability to kill unwanted bacteria and fungus because it naturally contains hydrogen peroxide. This is why honey has traditionally been used to treat wounds. Manuka honey has specifically been shown to boost wound healing times and reduce infections.
Helps Digestive Issues
Raw honey is often used to treat digestive issues such as diarrhea. It has also been proven to be an effective treatment for Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) bacteria, a common cause of stomach ulcers. And finally, it’s also a prebiotic, meaning it feeds the beneficial bacteria in your gut, which helps your overall gut health.
Soothes a Sore Throat
You may have had a grandmother who would give you honey to sooth your throat when you had a cold. Put into a little hot tea with lemon and you have a nice natural remedy when the virus hits you.
Within the bee colony are special bees called nurse bees. These bees produce what is known as royal jelly, a protein-rich creamy substance that is fed to new larvae for their first three days of life. Royal jelly is also fed to the queen bee for life, and it is for this reason she grows 10x larger and lives 10x longer than all the other bees.
Royal jelly is nutrient-rich and contains unique proteins and fatty acids. These include nine glycoproteins collectively known as major royal jelly proteins (MRJPs) and two fatty acids, trans-10-Hydroxy-2-decenoic acid and 10-Hydroxydecanoic acid. These compounds are believed to support the immune system, which may explain the queen bee’s very long life.
Royal jelly also contains vitamins and minerals such as:
- Thiamine (B1)
- Riboflavin (B2)
- Pantothenic acid (B5)
- Pyridoxine (B6)
- Niacin (B3)
- Folic acid (B9)
- Inositol (B8)
- Biotin (B7)
These nutrients may provide some of royal jelly’s potential health benefits, which include the following:
Antioxidant and Anti-inflammatory Effects
Royal jelly has been shown to reduce inflammation and oxidative stress.
Decreases Bad Cholesterol Levels
Both animal and human studies demonstrate that royal jelly may positively impact cholesterol levels and thereby reduce heart disease risk.
May Heal Skin Wounds
Royal jelly has been used orally and topically to help support wound healing and other inflammatory skin conditions. And, like raw honey, it is known to offer an antibacterial effect.
May Lower Blood Pressure
Several studies show that the unique proteins found in royal jelly may relax smooth muscle cells in your veins and arteries, thereby lowering your blood pressure.
Supports Brain Function
Royal jelly may support healthy brain function thanks to its powerful antioxidant properties.
A Boosted Immune System
Royal jelly is loaded with important antioxidants, vitamins and minerals to help support your immune system.
Treat Erectile Dysfunction and Low Libido
Studies have found royal jelly helps men and women get their libido back. Also, royal jelly has been shown to help men achieve and maintain an erection.
These are just SOME of the health benefit royal jelly offers.
As you can see, both royal jelly and raw honey provide health benefits, but royal jelly really steals the show!
If you’d like to experience the amazing health benefits of royal jelly for yourself, we invite you to try our delicious Golden Royal Honey, loaded with royal jelly and other natural ingredients that have been scientifically proven to boost your overall health and treat sexual dysfunction.