Royal Jelly is the maternal milk and one of the most enigmatic of the bees´ products. It was named by a man from Switzerland named François Huber, in the XVIII century.
It is remarkable to know that thanks to a diet of Royal Jelly the larvae increase their weight 1,500 times until its complete evolution as a Queen (and this process takes only 16 days).
The bees use around 250-300 grams of Royal Jelly to feed a Queen Bee; thanks to this the Mother bee is fertile, lives more than 6 years and weighs 240 mg (while the workers are sterile, live only 30-90 days and weigh 125 mg). The Queen Bee is born with already developed sexual organs, is larger than the rest of the bees and will procreate intensely throughout her lifetime (more than 2 000-3 000 eggs per day).
What is Royal Jelly?
Royal Jelly is the product of the secretions from the hypopharynx and jaw glands of the worker bees, between 5 to 14 days old.
How Royal Jelly is obtained:
When the number of bees in a hive is excessive, they build cells for the Queen Bees; a custom that man uses to obtain Royal Jelly. In order to do this artificial plastic or wax cells are placed next to the real ones. The bees clean them and place larvae inside them; 48 to 72 hours later the valuable Royal Jelly is extracted from them.
For a more commercial production, the beekeepers simulate an organization within the bee hive to stimulate and obligate the bees to produce more Royal Jelly than they need. They make them believe that they are orphans -- without a Queen – so that they produce more Royal Jelly. They are provided with some receptors for the Royal Jelly, which are a type of small plastic tube about the size of a peanut where the worker bees deposit the Royal Jelly for the larvae destined to be queens.
After 2 or 3 days the production is gathered and the jelly is placed in glass Ambar colored jars. In order to maintain its properties, the Royal Jelly should be kept refrigerated at 8 to 10 degrees below zero. The Royal Jelly is conserved pure, mixed with honey or it is freeze-dried (concentrated by evaporation in a vacuum and is kept frozen).
The Royal Jelly acquired world fame since it was given to Pope Paul VI during an illness he had and when he recovered Royal Jelly was talked about all around the world as a product that regenerates and stimulates with effects on the suprarenal glands.
Royal Jelly has been studied by scientists in many parts of the world and these are some of its many known properties. The next are:
- It stimulates the circulation of our blood.
- It contains sexual hormones: estradiol, testosterone and progesterone.
- It produces specific immune tolerance.
- It balances our blood pressure.
- It stimulates the metabolism of the cells and the epithelium and it is an excellent tissue regenerator.
- It delays the aging process of the skin and improves its hydration and elasticity.
- It provokes the affluence of strength, increases vitality, longevity and resistance to cold and fatigue.
- It elevates the content of hemoglobin in the blood, as well as, leucocytes, glucose and red blood cells.
- It decreases moodiness.
- It gives a sensation of euphoria together with the recuperation of strength and the appetite.
- It has effects that have been identified on the suprarenal glands.
- It causes an increase of body weight and the growth index. It improves growth in cases where small children are undernourished.
- It improves the mental development of retarded children and for those who have learning problems.
- It is particularly active in cases of urinary incontinence.
- It considerably shortens the process of a cold.
- In cases of Diabetes mellitus, it eliminates the resistance to insulin.
- It cures ulcers and inflammation of the duodenum.
- It cures anorexia in small children and children who are lactating.
- It cures alterations in breast feeding mothers.
- It cures facial seborrhea.
- It slows the aging of the body.
- It helps in cases of neuritis of the auditory nerve.
How should I take Royal Jelly?
A lengthy administration of Royal Jelly in excess amounts is not recommended since it may cause headaches, an increase of the blood pressure, of the cardiac rhythm and nausea.
It should be used with caution and it should be taken in measured doses.
The ideal dosage is administered preferably with a wooden tooth pick in the jar. Take the whole amount that adheres to the toothpick, twice a day, in the morning and in the afternoon. We do not suggest taking it at night, since it can be a stimulant that might cause insomnia.
It should be taken for two months then rest for two months and start again. This way it does not do any harm and it stimulate the body in general.
In summary, Royal Jelly is an extraordinary revitalizer for the body, it is well esteemed especially in geriatrics. Its daily consumption provides us with an extraordinary quality of life.