Royal Jelly: properties, benefits and uses

Royal jelly is a creamy, white to pale yellow substance that has a gelatinous appearance and a sweet, if slightly bitter taste. It is used to feed all the larvae in the first days of their development and is the exclusive food of the queens, hence its name. It is important to know that royal jelly is an exceptional food, which allows the queen to evolve differently and to develop a perfectly functional female reproductive system. Thanks to this, she will be able to live 4-5 years and lay 2,000 eggs... per day! In contrast, worker bees and males (drones) do not receive any more after their fourth day of life, and they are fed only with pollen or honey, so their growth and life span are much shorter (a worker bee lives only 4-5 weeks in summer). Moreover, thanks to the royal jelly, the queen has a greater resistance to diseases and a greater robustness. Thus, as the perenniality of the hive depends on the queen, whose survival is linked to royal jelly, it appears clearly that this product is an essential with multiple properties, which will delight both bees and humans!

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What is royal jelly used for?

Main properties

Stimulating properties:
From its rich composition, royal jelly produces energy and stimulates the metabolism. It allows for example to promote weight gain in infants, to better recover in case of convalescence related to overwork, to improve the performance of athletes, or to limit sexual deficiencies in both men and women. Excellent intellectual stimulant, the royal jelly increases the psychic mood and the memory by improving the metabolism of the neurons. Moreover, thanks to its nervous components, it helps to fight against stress and to limit emotionality or irritability. Thus, a royal jelly cure is revitalizing and stimulating, and is an excellent remedy to preserve the nervous system and guarantee its efficiency.

Anti-infectious properties:
Like other products of the hive, royal jelly increases the immune defenses to better resist infections during winter or in case of fatigue. As effective as some antibiotics against viruses and certain bacteria, royal jelly is the ideal ally to prevent or treat this type of infection.

Pain-relieving properties:
Thanks to phenylalanine, royal jelly stimulates the secretion of endorphins, which are our pain-relieving molecules.

Antioxidant properties:
Thanks to its richness in vitamin B5, a precursor of coenzyme A, a molecule essential to metabolism, royal jelly has antioxidant and anti-aging properties. In addition, with other components, they fight together against free radicals that damage cells and accelerate aging.

Digestive properties:
Royal jelly is eupeptic and stomachic, meaning it will stimulate the stomach and promote digestion. It is also beneficial for the intestine, and helps fight against gastric or duodenal ulcer and on colitis.

Cardiovascular properties:
The vitamins B9 and B12 it contains contribute to the increase of hemoglobin levels in the blood and the activity of the heart muscle.

Anticancer properties:
Like propolis, royal jelly would have favorable properties to treat cancer, highlighted in animals and currently under study in humans. Warning nevertheless in case of hormone-dependent cancer.


Royal jelly is a product with multiple virtues, which strengthens immune defenses, delays cellular aging, promotesphysical and mental well-being, and much more!

Royal jelly is to be consumed in order to reduce fatigue and stimulate your immune defenses. It will be useful in order to prevent infections, tone your body and balance your nervous system. It is classically used in cure of 4 to 6 weeks, either pure or mixed with honey, or freeze-dried in capsules, caps or tablets, or in ampoules. The ideal intake corresponds to a dose of 0.5 to 0.6 g per day to be taken on an empty stomach, 15 minutes before breakfast, and up to 1 g per intake in case of overwork or convalescence. For children, doses should be divided by two or more, depending on age and weight.

The royal jelly cure is ideal at the change of seasons, at all stages of life, and it can be used more particularly for :

  • Physical, psychological, sexual fatigue, convalescence, overworked state...
  • Anxiety, stress, "unhappiness."
  • Disorders of the memory.
  • Loss of appetite with weight loss.
  • State of fragility related to insufficient intake of essential elements (poor quality diet, following illness...)

Precautions for use

Royal jelly is contraindicated for people allergic to honey, bee venom, or any other product of the hive. Caution is also advised for people with asthma, eczema or hormone-dependent pathology.

Pure royal jelly in a jar is to store in the refrigerator between +2 and +5°C.

What is royal jelly made of?

After harvesting, the royal jelly is stored in jars between 2 and 5°C, and kept away from light, before being packaged. It should then be kept in the refrigerator. Moreover, a hive provides on average only 150 to 300 g of royal jelly per year! It is therefore an extremely precious product, which explains its final cost, which may seem a bit high.

It is important to know that the composition of royal jelly varies slightly depending on the race of the bee and its natural diet (pollen and nectar), but on average, there are :

  • 62 to 68.5% water.
  • 7 to 18% of carbohydrates, with mostly glucose (2 to 9%) and fructose (2 to 9%)
  • 11 to 18%protein, including many essential amino acids
  • 2-8% fat
  • 1.4% minimum of 10-hydroxy-2-decenoic acid (10-HDA)
  • 1% of miscellaneous assets.

And it is in this last very minority part that all the power of royal jelly lies! Indeed, these last constituents are active at very low concentrations, and the quantities present in royal jelly are sufficient for an important action: royal jelly provides vitamin B5 (it is the natural product that is the richest in it), vitamins B1, B2, B3, B7, B8, B9 and B12, and also minerals and trace elements (calcium, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, iron, copper and silicon). Since all these elements are essential to our body's metabolism and immune defenses, it is clear here how "royal" this jelly is. In addition, the 10-HDA acid, whose minimum content is regulated, is particularly interesting, and studies attribute to it an immunostimulant effect. But its properties do not stop there! Indeed, it contains acetylcholine, a major neuromediator for the balance of the nervous system, as well as substances similar to steroid hormones, and may play a role against certain diseases. Finally, note that among the 15% of proteins, royal jelly contains all the essential amino acids (eight in number) that allow the synthesis of the others and are therefore essential to our proper development!

How is royal jelly made?

Royal jelly is secreted between the fifth and fourteenth day of their existence by the pharyngeal and cephalic mandibular glands of young nurse bees. Although it is naturally present in the hive, it is present in insufficient quantities and in a form unsuitable for exploitation. Moreover, the quantity present is that which is required for its use within the hive, as food for the young larvae and the queen, and it is therefore impossible to take it in this way by depriving the colony. Therefore, beekeepers have developed special techniques to produce royal jelly in a responsible way, without endangering the survival of the bees.

The beekeeper is very important here: first of all, he will have selected certain breeds of bees known to produce more royal jelly. In addition, the beekeeper artificially causes a rearing of queens: to do this, the technique may seem barbaric, but beekeepers think above all of the good health of their hives and they do this with respect for the bees. First, the beekeeper removes the queen from the hive. Thus, the colony of bees, orphaned, made up of many workers and nurses, finds itself deprived... But bees are very intelligent insects, whose survival instinct is engraved in the hive! These "social" insects do not really exist as individuals, because it is the whole colony that forms the individual. So, very soon after this tragic event, the bees react and the nursery workers raise new royal larvae in specialized cells. But, this time, the beekeeper is as cunning as a fox, and he will place decoys in the queen cells, replacing the larvae. He then inserts into the hive a frame carrying about fifty plastic cups in which young larvae are deposited, thus creating a queen rearing. This stratagem then deceives the nannies, who continue to fill these cells with royal jelly that the beekeeper is happy to retrieve 3 days later (having taken care to delicately remove the queen larva). This technique requires extreme delicacy on the part of the passionate producer, and is called grafting. Indeed, given the small size of the larvae (1/4 of a mm) and therefore the small size of the plastic cups used as lures, it is necessary to be very meticulous when harvesting, which is done by aspiration.

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