What is royal jelly? What are the health benefits of royal jelly? Are there any side effects to royal jelly?
Royal jelly is an all natural food product produced in the salivary glands of worker bees. The workers create royal jelly in order to feed the hive's larvae. In addition, it's the only food for those larvae which will develop into queens. It benefits human beings, too.
Royal jelly is sold in various forms including soft gels, gel caps, and freeze dried. It's also sometimes included in other alternative health products such as ginseng capsules and bee pollen capsules. It's known that numerous athletes, amateur and professional, believe in the health benefits of royal jelly.
Among the health benefits of royal jelly to human beings is the fact that this all-natural, sugar-free substance contains a mixture of proteins, which make up half of the jelly's dry weight, vitamins, over 12 important minerals, and fatty acids including the important 10-hydroxy-2-decanoic acid or 10-HDA and 3,10-dihydroxy-decanoic acid or 3,10-DDA. Furthermore, royal jelly contains acid glycosides and sterols including stigmasterol. The vitamins that royal jelly supplies include the entire B family as well as vitamins A, C, D, E, and K.
Other royal jelly benefits that may be conferred on humans are from the presence of many other substances. Adenosine diphosphate or ADP, adenosine triphosphate or ATP, and adenosine monophosphate or AMP are some of them. And if that's still not enough for you, the jelly also contains constituents of nucleic acids, DNA and RNA, in addition to 18 amino acids; in other words, most of the amino acids that we need.
Clinical studies in lab mice have concluded that the practical health benefits of royal jelly can include anti-inflammation properties an inflammation in the body's tissues is what leads to cancer, anti-tumor properties, anti-hypertensive activity production, anti-fatigue properties, and the ability to lengthen life span by way of DNA repair. In human beings, clinical studies have shown it can lower levels of the "bad" cholesterol and improve lipoprotein metabolism. However, it should be cautioned that clinical studies in humans have been rather small and not done very often.
The known possible side effects of ingesting royal jelly in human beings are that a small percentage of the population may be allergic to it, leading to food-induced anaphylaxis. Also, since royal jelly can thin the blood, people who are taking the pharmaceutical Coumadin should probably not consume it.
The lack of widespread clinical studies of the possible royal jelly health benefits in human beings also means that there is no confirmed recommended daily dosage. The fact that each individual has a unique biochemistry, lifestyle, and medical history further complicates the matter of figuring out daily dosage.
If you want to explore the possible health benefits of royal jelly for yourself, you may want to first inform your family doctor that you're going to try it out. Then, follow the dosage suggestions on the label of whichever product you try. After a few weeks, begin evaluating what, if any, effect you feel in yourself, and decide if you want to continue taking royal jelly and if you should adjust your dosage.