Health benefits of Royal Jelly uncovered

October 22, 2012
Royal Jelly is the food fed to bee larvae to allow them to develop into the queen bee. The queen then subsists on Royal Jelly. The Queen is much larger and lives for a much longer time than other bees due to this food and its constituents; it is extremely nourishing. Royal jelly has been reported as a possible immunomodulating agent for balancing immune system activity and for reducing inflammation. It has also been reported to stimulate the growth of glial cells and neural stem cells in the brain. To date, there is preliminary evidence that it may have some cholesterol-lowering, anti-inflammatory, wound-healing, and natural-antibiotic effects. Research also suggests that the 10-hydroxy-2-decenoic acid (10-HDA) found in royal jelly may inhibit the vascularization of tumors. Sixty-one healthy volunteers between the ages of 42 to 83 were supplemented with 300mg of Royal Jelly or inactive placebo daily for six-months. Many parameters of health improved with the use of Royal Jelly. The formation of red blood cells (erythropoiesis) improved as did the total blood cell count (the hematocrit). Fasting blood glucose, glucose tolerance and insulin levels all improved. Mental health also improved. The study is published on September 21, 2012 in Nutrition Journal.