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  • Royal Jelly Description
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    Royal jelly, sometimes known as "nursing food" or "queen food", is a thick, milky substance that is secreted from the pharyngeal glands of a special group of young nurse bees between their sixth and twelfth days of life. When honey and pollen are combined and refined within the young nurse bee, royal jelly is naturally created. It is potent nutrient concentrate that is fed to all bee larvae in their first 3 days of life; their weight increases by a factor of 1,000 during this time! After the first 3 days, only the queen continues to be fed royal jelly. In addition to a highly effective combination of fat, protein and carbohydrates, royal jelly contains vitamins, minerals, amino acids and antibacterial substances.


    Royal jelly contains 70 percent water as well as protein (with essential amino acids), fat and carbohydrates. This substance contains all of the B-complex vitamins, including a high concentration of pantothenic acid (vitamin B-5) and vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine), and is the only natural source of pure acetylcholine. Royal jelly also contains minerals, enzymes, hormone-like substances, 18 amino acids, antibacterial and antibiotic components, and vitamins A, C, D, and E.

    Larva Queen Bee in Royal Jelly



    Natural medicine uses this secretion as a potent strengthening agent and as a nutritional supplement. Because of the protein, fat and carbohydrates contained in royal jelly, it is especially nourishing and strengthening. Its very potent healing power comes from its vitamins and minerals and from certain substances that are similar to hormones. For this reason, royal jelly is also used as a nutritional supplement for patients suffering from colds or general weakness. It is effective for those with weak hearts and circulation.

    For those who have difficulty concentrating or have a faulty memory, it is thought to give a boost to the immune system. It is useful for bronchial asthma, liver disease, pancreatitis, insomnia, stomach ulcers, kidney disease, bone fractures, and skin disorders, and it strengthens the immune system. Royal jelly also stimulates the appetite in children and the elderly.


    For treating loss of appetite, vitamin and mineral deficiencies, weakened immunity, muscular weakness, skin damage, helpful during any convalescence.
      Symptoms of Menopause: Royal jelly is often recommended for patients who are feeling a general malaise of going through menopause. It compensates for vitamin and mineral deficiencies, increases energy and helps fight hot flashes.

      Skin Damage Due To Vitamin-B Deficiency: Cracks in the corners of the mouth, dry, scaly skin on the face and eczema on the hands are the results of a lack of vitamin B in the diet. In these instances, regular use of royal jelly is recommended for a period of 4 to 6 weeks.

      During Convalescence: Many injuries and illnesses weaken muscles and decrease joint flexibility. Fortunately, royal jelly can help promote the intake of oxygen by the muscles as well as supply necessary vitamins and minerals.

      Resistance-Building Royal Jelly: This treatment regimen strengthens immunity, maximizes the supply of vitamins and improves general health. Take about 1 teaspoon (the product comes with a measuring spoon) of natural royal jelly each day and continue for a period of 6 weeks. Or, take a 200 mg capsule of royal jelly daily.

    strengthening drink


    1 Small Banana
    1 Teaspoon Royal Jelly
    1 Tablespoon Honey
    3/4 Cup Cold Whole Milk

    Peel and chop the banana and place it in a blender. Add the royal jelly, honey and half the milk. Puree. Quickly mix in the rest of the milk. Pour it into a glass for a drink rich in glucose and many vitamins and minerals.


    2 ounces Whole-Grain Rolled Oats
    2 Apricots (completely ripe)
    1 teaspoon Walnuts, Coarsely Chopped
    1 to 2 teaspoons Honey
    600 mg Natural Royal Jelly
    1/2 cup Cold Whole Milk

    This vitamin-rich cereal is similar to granola. To make it, place the rolled oats in a small bowl. Wash the apricots thoroughly, halve them, remove the pits and finely chop. Mix the apricots and the walnut pieces into the oats. Then stir the honey and the royal jelly into the milk. Pour this mixture over the cereal.


    Natural royal jelly tastes somewhat sour and slightly bitter. It should be allowed to melt on the tongue or can be mixed with honey and added to cereal. It is recommended for children who suffer from loss of appetite or for seniors to strengthen their immune systems.


    This product must be combined with honey to preserve its potency. Royal jelly spoils easily. Keep it refrigerated and make sure it is tightly sealed when purchased.

    commercial preparations

    Natural royal jelly is carefully removed from the queen cell using a spoon. It is then either bottled directly or processed into capsules, which involves freeze-drying the natural product. Careful drying and conservation maintain the effectiveness of the fragile ingredients contained in royal jelly. In this very potent form, royal jelly does not need to be refrigerated.


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    Royal Jelly is most commonly found in one of three forms: Capsule or Tablet, Powder, or Fresh Frozen natural state. Most people use Royal Jelly in the fresh frozen form as the least amount of processing has occurred in this form. The royal jelly has not been dried when packaged as fresh frozen so more of the valuable enzymes and nutrients remain alive and active. There have been a study done on the effectiveness of fresh royal jelly versus powdered and the fresh royal jelly showed more activity in the body in that particular study.


    Caution should be used when starting out with any new supplement, especially products coming from the hives. Start with very small dosages to determine personal tolerance and to avoid unwanted side effects. Although allergic reactions are rare with Royal Jelly, it is better to be safe than to have a serious allergic reaction that could quickly become life threatening. Any type of bad reaction is no fun so start slowly.

    Capsules: Start with one capsule per day for the first week. Take two capsules per day for the second week and then three capsules per day for the third week if doses need to be increased. For general health, take one 1000 mg capsule per day with food. Royal Jelly is very potent and if you weigh less than 150 pounds, then stop at two capsules per day. Royal Jelly capsules are the most common form available. It is essentially the dried powder encapsulated and are very convenient for most people to take. They are preferred by those who travel or who do not regularly consume smoothies. Another nice thing about capsules is that one does not have to worry about the strong taste associated with fresh Royal Jelly or Powder.

    Powder: Start dosage with 1/16 to 1/8 of a teaspoon for the first week. Work up to 1/4 teaspoon or as recommended by your health care practitioner. For general health, take 1/4 teaspoon per day with food. Powdered Royal Jelly can be added to protein shakes and smoothies. Powdered Royal Jelly does not taste quite as strong as fresh Royal Jelly, but it still may not be considered pleasant tasting. It can be mixed in honey or jam to disquise the taste. Keep powdered Royal Jelly in the refrigerator in a cool, dry place.

    Fresh Frozen: Start dosage with 1/16 to 1/8 of a teaspoon for the first week. Gradually increase dosage. For general health take 1/2 teaspoon per day with food. Fresh Royal Jelly is quite bitter and has a strong taste so you should consider mixing it with some honey, jam, or take in a smoothie. If you take it straight and it does not have a bitter taste, it is not real Royal Jelly. Fresh Frozen is often less convenient to use and should remain frozen between dosages.

    For treating specific health conditions, much higher doses can be taken than those recommended above based on the condition and the severity of it. You should consider working with a Naturopathic health practitioner or someone experienced with Royal Jelly wnen treating serious health conditions with bee-related products. Again, you should start with small beginner doses and work up to the general health dose. Once you have established good tolerance, gradually raise your dose to the desired therapeutic dose needed for your health condition. For example, if you are using capsules, add one capsule per week until you reach your desired dose or result. Increase a powder or fresh Royal Jelly by 1/8 teaspoon per week until you reach your desired dose or result.



    For most people, taking Royal Jelly supplements are fine with no problems. However, for sensitive individuals, the side effects, while rare, can be severe. Potential side effects can be avoided if taken properly and with some degree of caution and common sense.

    As stated above under dosing recommendations, start of dosing with very small amounts and work up gradually to desired doses. Do not take more than the recommended dosage. If you do have side effects, usually caused by taking too much, you may experience eczema, skin rashes, coughs and scratchy throat, lightheadedness, increased heart rate, stomach distress, nausea, gastrointestinal issues. Most of the side effets involve nausea and vomiting. These generally are seen initially but go away once the dosage is cut back and you are given a chance to desensitize to the Royal Jelly. If you have never used it before, always consider you amy have a sensitivity to it until you have used it a while, thus starting at very small dosages (1/8 of desired dosage is usual starting point) and working upwards to find your tolerance and desired dosage.

    Royal Jelly works to normalized bodily functions and can sometimes promote a 'healing crisis' type of reaction as the body begins to detoxify and work toward a healthier state. This can include, but is not limited to, headaches, a general achy feeling, skin rashes, and loose bowels or diarrhea. There are very few reported side effects or related health problems associated with this supplement. However, if you have allergies to any bees or bee products, you should avoid taking Royal Jelly supplements or any bee-related supplement. If you do have strong sensitivities and reactions consult with your health care practitioner right away for allergic reaction treatment.

    There are no known contraindications. Royal Jelly is suitable for use in children at half the adult dosage and is generally considered safe during pregnancy and lactation. However, the effects of Royal Jelly during pregnancy and breastfeeding have not been sufficiently evaluated and so should not be used unless direced by a health care provider.


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    Royal Jelly (made by the queen bee) helps nausea, possibly because of its high vitamin content. Royal Jelly is a highly complex compound, Royal Jelly contains a mixture of protein, lipids and carbohydrates in addition to several vitamins and an impressive array of amino acids. Royal Jelly may help slow the aging process, restore vitality & sexual potency, natural antidepressant, weight control, and cholesterol reduction. It may also be used for menopause, infertility, chronic fatigue, weak immune systems, viral & bacterial infections, endocrine system disorders, hormonal imbalances, bladder infections, anemia, cancer, arthritis, diabetes, athletic endurance, malnutrition and mental exhaustion.


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    HerbsPro: Royal Jelly, Fresh In Honey, Now Foods, 30,000 mg, 10 oz. (68685)


    Kalyx: Royal Jelly Powder, Kalyx, 1 kg (2.2 lbs): EB
    Kalyx: Royal Jelly (Apis mellifera) Freeze Dry Powder, Kalyx, 1 kg (2.2 lbs): RF
    Kalyx: Royal Jelly (Apis mellifera) Freeze Dry Powder Extract 4:1, Kalyx, 1 kg (2.2 lbs): RF
    Kalyx: Royal Jelly 4:1 Powdered Extract, Kalyx, 1 kg (2.2 lbs): EB
    Kalyx: Royal Jelly, Montana Big Sky, 30000 In Honey, 11 oz: HF
    Take one to two teaspoons daily as a dietary supplement. Store at room temperature. Serving size is one teaspoon, containing 673 grams fresh and pure Jelly. Montana Big Sky royal jelly is tested to ensure the presence of 10-HDA, which is a measure of its quality and potency. Montana Big Sky is dedicated to making the finest quality bee products in the world.
    Kalyx: Royal Jelly, Imperial Elixir, 500 mg, 50 Caps: C
    Kalyx: Royal Jelly 2000, Imperial Elixir, 2000 mg, 30 Caps: HF
    Kalyx: Royal Jelly, Thompson Nutritional, 2000 mg, 60 Caps: K
    Kalyx: Peking Royal Jelly, Superior Trading Co., 10cc Vials 10/box: C


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