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Royal jelly is a gelatinous “goo” like substance and one of the many compounds produced by bees and may serve as a nutritionally dense dietary superfood with a wealth of health benefits.
What is Royal Jelly?
As mentioned earlier, Royal Jelly is a goo-like substance produced by bees and is actually fed to larvae worker bees to provide nutrients and promote growth.
Royal jelly is actually secreted by the glands of worker bees, and most larvae that are fed this nutrient-rich substance across a period of time may actually grow up to be Queen bees.
Royal Jelly Benefits
Royal jelly is dense in nutrients, compromising a range of carbs, proteins, fats, and several B Vitamins and trace minerals.
Although the full chemical makeup is still relatively unknown, its health benefits are thought to derive from a range of unique proteins and fatty acids (Cornara et al., 2017).
One major fatty acid that often governs the quality and efficaciousness of all Royal Jelly products is 10-Hydroxydecanoic Acid (10-HDA).
Anyway, let’s dive into some of the health benefits.
May Promote Good Skin Health
The unique 2-HDA compound found in Royal Jelly is thought to stimulate fibroblast production, which can help the body naturally produce collagen, something important for skin health (Sugiyama et al., 2012).
Royal jelly is also extremely moisturising, helping the skin maintain better elasticity and improve overall skin appearance.
Lastly, Royal Jelly’s anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties may be beneficial in treating conditions such as dermatitis or reducing visible skin inflammation and redness (Kurek-Górecka et al., 2020).
May Support Immune Function
Royal Jelly contains strong antimicrobial properties that may boost the body’s natural immune response to foreign bacteria and other external pathogens.
Certain MRJPs may also help modulate a healthy immune response, which governs how our body responds to certain allergic, cancerous or inflammatory compounds (Labro, 2012).
Energy and Physical Fatigue
Royal Jelly may assist in some situations to improve fatigue-like symptoms.
This may be due to various anti-oxidant, immune-modulating, anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory benefits that may be working collectively, which results in a fatigue reduction.
May Lower Cholesterol Levels
Studies have shown Royal Jelly to positively impact cholesterol levels, which may improve cardiovascular health.
In addition to this, it’s also thought that Royal Jelly may possess antiatherogenic properties, which may also improve vascular function, further supporting the cardiovascular system (Fujisue et al., 2021).
May Support Brain Health
Long-term oral administration of Royal Jelly in animal models has shown to promote beneficial effects on cognitive function, including neuroprotective and working spatial memory (Guardia de Souza e Silva et al., 2020).
These effects are thought to be due to small peptides found in MRJPs that are thought to exert strong anti-oxidant activities (Guo et al., 2009).
5-HDA is also thought to participate in the production of various endogenous compounds required for brain function and the formation of new neurons.
Royal Jelly Supplementation
There are many brands on the market for Royal Jelly, so the biggest question is, which product do I buy to get the best benefits?
One thing you must look for is the disclosure of active 10-Hydroxydecanoic Acid (10-HDA), which will be printed on the label.
10-HDA is the measure of quality, efficacious Royal Jelly, and without it, it’s really unknown how many therapeutic health benefits you will get from it.
If you’re looking for something delicious and also equally beneficial for your health, I recommend CATALO Ultra Clear Propolis Extract as well!
Royal Jelly has an extensive range of health benefits, including its ability to support skin, immune, cognition and overall health.
This article is just the tip of the iceberg of what Royal Jelly can do, and I encourage you to do your own research or even try it out to see how it makes you feel.
Clarity is here to help, so please use the resources we offer, and if you have any questions, do reach out.
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