Royal jelly is a very valuable special nutrient that is produced by the young worker bees to feed their babies. We hear a lot about the royal jelly like propolis, bee pollen, bee bread, and raw honey. So, what is royal jelly? How much we know about it? What is royal jelly made of? How and where to buy it? Are there any side effects? What is the royal jelly dosage?
What is Royal Jelly?
It is a highly nutritious milky-creamy white substance produced by honey bees to feed queen bees and young larvae. Since propolis is obtained by collecting plants; royal jelly is secreted by bees’ own bodies. The bees secrete royal jelly with glands above the pharynx and are used to feed their young. Therefore, it can be said that royal jelly is as valuable as breast milk.
Royal jelly is also known as Bee Saliva, Bee Spit, Honey Bee Milk and Apis Mellifera.
Royal Jelly is produced at the beehives like propolis, raw honey, and bee pollen. But bees produce royal jelly for different purposes. That’s the reason the royal jelly effect is also different from other bee products’ effects.
Raw honey is the bees’ energy and vitamin source. Propolis defends the beehive from microorganisms, bacterias, and viruses. And the royal jelly is bee babies’ first and the most important food.
There are no big differences between bees. All bees are born with the same genetic material. Royal jelly is effective for bees’ physiological and biological developments. All larvas are fed with royal jelly for the three days after they are born. Only one bee consumes royal jelly for its lifetime and becomes the queen bee.
Queen bee, who is fed with royal jelly for its whole life, grows two times bigger than the worker bees and has a much longer lifetime. An ordinary worker bee has a lifetime of 4-7 weeks. The queen bee who consumes royal jelly can live up to 6-7 healthy years.
Royal jelly also supports fertility by helping the development of the reproductive system. Queen bees are one of the most productive animals with two thousand egg production a day.
For centuries, the benefits of royal jelly have been one of the most interesting issues. From ancient times, people who seek a natural resource that helps physical development and staying younger are interested in royal jelly.
How and Why Do Bees Make Royal Jelly
To explain the relationship between royal jelly and the queen bee, we can have a quick look at the lives of the bees.
Bees use royal jelly, bee pollen and honey to feed their babies. While most of the larvas start eating bee pollen and raw honey mix, only some of them continue eating royal jelly. This nutrition difference is very effective for the larvas’ physical and biological development.
The bees who are fed with the raw honey & bee pollen mixture are grown as a worker and the male bees. Worker bees are females and they are infertile. They don’t have ovulation organs and needles.
The bees who continue feeding on royal jelly become queen bees. They have both ovulation organs and needles. They are responsible for the sustainability of the beehive.
Queen bees are two times bigger than the other bees. Also, male bees are bigger than worker bees.
What is the Secret of Royal Jelly
Royal jelly contains 9% - 18% of protein components ( free amino acids, prolin, lizin), 7% - 18% of carbohydrates (fructose, glucose, sucrose), 3% - 8% of lipits (free fatty acids, notrot lipits, stereols, 10-HDA), vitamins (especially B vitamins) and some minerals.
The ratio of the components defers to the geographical and climate characteristics of the production area.
“Nature” is one of the most reputable science publishers in the world. In an article that was published at Nature in 2011, the secret of royal jelly was explained. Japanese scientist Dr. Nakamura and his friends discovered that the “magical matter” royalactin is behind the process which makes the queen bee from an ordinary bee.
During the detailed analysis, it was discovered that a protein, which weights 57 kg dalton molecule, transforms a regular bee to a queen bee. This protein is called royalactin.
There was another interesting discovery in the same research. The royalactin substance was also tested for fruit flies. It was observed that the fruit flies which took royalactin grew faster with longer lifetimes.
Within the same research royal jelly’s anti-aging and growth supportive effects were observed too. Scientists research the possibility of seeing the same results as human.
Physical Characteristics of Royal Jelly
Royal jelly has a jelly form with the color between white and yellow. It can be darker due to its storage conditions and time. Royal jelly gets darker with a heavier smell if it is kept in improper conditions for a long time.
Composition of Royal Jelly
Royal Jelly is similar to dense milk when it is fresh in terms of physical properties. Over time, it may become jelly and its color may change from bone color to brown. It has a characteristic and distinctive smell and a sour taste. And it quickly melts and foams when it is mixed with water.
While the calorie content of propolis is zero, Royal Jelly contains protein, various fats, fibers, sodium, B group vitamins and minerals. The main part of the Royal Jelly composition consists of protein.
Royal Jelly is a complex substance packed full of bioactive compounds and generally composed of 50-60% water, 12-15% protein, 15% carbs, 3-6% lipids, 2-3% vitamins and 1,5% mineral salts and aminoacids. There are also small amount of vitamins and trace minerals in Royal Jelly, these vitamins are several types of Vitamin B (B1, B2, B3, B5, B6). Mineral substances of Royal Jelly consists of calcium, manganese, potassium, sodium, cooper, zinc and iron). Since it is a plant based product, it also contains some polyphenols which are rich antioxidants. The potential benefits of Royal Jelly are derived from the protein, vitamin and fatty acid contents.
On the other hand, Royal Jelly contains a fatty acid called 10-HDA which is not found in any other food. 10-HDA can be considered as a parameter determining the quality of Royal Jelly. In the colonies having high quality pollen and nectar, 10-HDA value increases. And when nectar and pollen flow is lower, 10-HDA value also decreases accordingly. Therefore, 10-HDA is externally added to some of Chinese Royal Jelly products in order to increase this essential value regarding to have a higher results.
The chemical composition of Royal Jelly varies depending on geography and climate conditions.
What are Suitable Storage Conditions?
With the methods we offer, you can keep the royal jelly for a long time in your house conditions. With dark glass storages, you can keep the royal jelly away from air and moisture. Be sure that you closed the cover tightly.
To protect the valuable components, royal jelly should be kept and transferred with a cold chain. But you can keep the royal jelly, raw honey and propolis mixtures in your fridges.
How to Take Royal Jelly
The royal jelly products are produced by Bee & You's expert teams in natural ways and without losing their nutritional value. They are suitable for daily regular consumption and can be easily applied.
Let's make some suggestions about applying royal jelly products. Add our royal jelly propolis raw honey mixes to your breakfast menu. You can either use it on a slice of bread or consume it directly.
A healthy, natural and delicious snack. if you like, add royal jelly in a bowl of yogurt or muslin and mix.
Also, don't forget to try our peanut, pistachio and cocoa mixes.
What is the Daily Dosage of Royal Jelly
Royal jelly is a natural product with high nutritional value with no specific dose limitation. Nevertheless, it is recommended not to consume large amounts. The recommended daily use dosage is generally between 250-500 milligrams.
It is also recommended to consume different dosages in adults and children. You can get detailed information about daily dosage by examining our royal jelly products page.
What Should be Considered When Buying Royal Jelly?
Pure royal jelly is a very rare product. Its production is also very laborious and limited.
It must be purchased from reliable and recognized manufacturers.
Who Can Use Royal Jelly?
Not recommended for people who are allergic to bee venom or bee products. It is useful to get a doctor's advice before starting to use those who have a chronic illness and pregnant women.
Bee & You Royal Jelly Products
The rich flora of Turkey increases the quality of Anatolian bee products. Let's take a closer look at the Bee & You royal jelly products made by bees that feed on the rich vegetation of Anatolia.
Royal Jelly, Propolis, Raw Honey Mix for Kids
Specially designed for children. A product that combines all the benefits of Honey and Royal Jelly is the Royal Jelly Propolis mix for children with 97.5% Raw Honey, 1.5% Royal Jelly and 1% Propolis.
You can eat it either directly, with bread or a mixture of milk or yogurt.
Royal Jelly, Propolis, Raw Honey Mixture
Royal Jelly Propolis mixture is the adult formula. In contrast to the Royal Jelly, Propolis, Raw Hone Mix for Kids, the royal jelly proportion is increased. It contains 95.5% raw honey, 3% royal jelly and 1.5% propolis.
You can eat it either directly, with bread or a mixture of milk or yogurt.
Royal Jelly, Pollen, Propolis Tablet
It is a tablet form obtained from the mixture of royal jelly, bee pollen, and propolis. The Royal Jelly, Pollen, Propolis Tablet contains 36% Propolis, 25% Bee Pollen, 24% Royal Jelly and 15% Carob.
2 tablets per day can be taken by adults as well as children from the age of 10 years.
Royal Jelly, Pollen, Propolis Tablet (Chewable)
Nutritional properties of propolis, royal jelly, and pollen meet in the chewable Royal Jelly, Pollen, Propolis Chewable Tablet. It contains 30% carob, 30% bee pollen, 18% propolis, 12% royal jelly and 10% cocoa.
Benefits of Royal Jelly
Royal Jelly is naturally produced by worker honey bees between the sixth and twelfth days of their life and is an essential food for growing and development of queen honey bees and feeding their young larvae. When bee larvae are first born, they are fed with Royal Jelly in order to get a healthy, nutritious boost to survive their first few days. After 3-4 days, larvae no longer consume Royal Jelly. But females chosen to become possible queen bees are constantly fed an abundant amount of Royal Jelly and this is how they develop themselves. Due to their specialized nutrition, queen bees differ from worker honey bees in several days.
Royal Jelly is also the only source in which queen bee, which is only one in the hive, is fed throughout its life. Behind the reign of the queen be is Royal Jelly. The queen bee, which is exclusively fed with Royal Jelly, has an extended lifespan when compared with short-lived and infertile worker honey bees.While the bee’s life spans 45 days, the queen bee can survive for 5 to 7 years.
Queen bees are approximately twice the size of worker honey bees, live 40 times longer and lay around 2000 eggs in a day. Female bees that eat large quantities of Royal Jelly develop active ovaries to become effective queen bees.
Royal Jelly is a supplemental food for queen bees for nutrition, infertility and anti-aging.
Royal Jelly is highly nutritious and has antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties since it is the gunk developing bees float in until they metamorphose.
Royal Jelly’s nutritional content is a potential benefit as a substance providing a wide range of essential nutrients.
Feed Like a Queen
Royal jelly has an important part in humans’ life too. The royal jelly experience of mankind dates back to ancient times and beyond. To better understand the importance of royal jelly for human beings, let us give some examples from the usage areas of history.
Royal jelly was used during the period of Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, and the Roman Empire. During this period, societies used royal jelly to live a healthy and long life.
Food for the Emperors
Ancient societies had discovered the benefits and effects of royal jelly. Just as in the beehive, the highest class of society has benefited from royal jelly. According to historical sources, in traditional Chinese medicine, royal jelly is referred to as the food of emperors. Besides that, it is believed that royal jelly is the secret of a long life, source of energy and defender against illnesses.
In Ancient Egypt, royal jelly had an important part in Pharaohs’ nutrition. The Pharaohs who desire for a long and healthy life fed with royal jelly. It was also told that Princess Diana took royal jelly regularly during her pregnancies.
Effects of Royal Jelly
Scientific researches about how realistic predictions about the effects of royal jelly is increased day by day. Serious researches about the possible antioxidant, antimicrobial, dermatological, anti-inflammatory, immune system regulator, antiallergic, antitumor, cardiovascular system, central nervous system and blood sugar-lowering effects of royal jelly are continuing.
Royal Jelly and the Beauty Industry / Royal Jelly for Skin
Royal Jelly is one of the natural products that the beauty industry uses the most. It is especially used for skincare products. Most of the popular cosmetics brands produce royal jelly creams and peelings.
Royal Jelly contains vitamins A, B, C, D, and E and with its rich content, it is used in skincare products. Also with its zinc, magnesium, phosphorus and selenium substance royal jelly is used for anti-aging creams.
Is it possible to make a skincare cream and a skin mask with royal jelly? How to make a royal jelly skin mask? This little recipe can help.
Face Mask Recipe with Royal Jelly
Making a royal jelly face mask is quite simple. You can easily make a skin mask with royal jelly at home.
Mix one spoon of sugar with one spoon of the royal jelly than apply it to your skin. This mixture will help purify your face from dead skin with its peeling effect.