What is it?
Royal Jelly is a substance produced by honey bees to feed their larvae that will become queen bees. as well as feeding adult queen bees. When it is fed to larvae, they are given copious amounts and the continuous feeding of royal jelly is what causes these larvae to mature into adult queen bees. The royal jelly is secreted into specially constructed queen cells. The royal jelly is harvested, by bee keepers, from these individual queen cells where there is excess of the royal jelly, more than what the bee needs or can consume.
Royal Jelly is also known by these other names: Apis mellifera, Bee Saliva, Bee Spit, Gelée Royale,
Honey Bee Milk, Honey Bee’s Milk, Jalea Real, Lait des Abeilles and Royal Bee Jelly.
What is in Royal Jelly?
Royal jelly contains protein, including many different amino acids; simple sugars known as monosaccharides; and fatty acids. The rest of royal jelly is composed of trace minerals, some natural enzymes, antimicrobial substances, vitamin B5, vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) and also vitamin C.
Fatty acids such as DHA are omega-3 fatty acids which are good for heart, brain and bone health. The main fatty acid in royal jelly is 10-DHA (10-decenoic-hydroxy-2 acid).
What are the benefits of Royal Jelly?
- Royal jelly is known to protect the heart from damage from toxins or heart attack1.
- Royal jelly prevents damage to the immune system, protecting against infections and cancers2.
- It has been proven to help relieve symptoms such as difficulty passing urine or urgency to urinate3.
- It helps with sugar control in type 2 diabetes4.
- Royal jelly can improve fertility by improving sperm vitality5.
- It has been shown to protect from brain damage associated with Alzheimer’s disease by increasing levels of certain brain proteins6.
- Royal jelly is anti-inflammatory helps to clear the body of waste by-products which can be damaging7.
- It has been proven to be beneficial for breathing problems, especially asthma8.
- Royal jelly helps to make new bones and repair damaged or broken bones9. It may be beneficial for those who have conditions resulting in thinning of the bones, like osteoporosis.
- Royal jelly has antibacterial effects, even against multi-drug resistant bacteria like methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Psuedomonas aeruginosa, Klebsiella pneumoniae and vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE)10,11.
- Royal jelly can be used in limiting some of the damaging side effects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy in cancer patients12.
- It can reduce symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) in women13.
- Other conditions that can benefit from royal jelly treatment include:
- hay fever
- liver disease
- sleep troubles (insomnia)
- stomach ulcers
- kidney disease
- bone fractures
- menopausal symptoms
- skin disorders
- balding and
- high cholesterol.
- It is also used as a general health tonic, for fighting the effects of aging.
How to use
Regular daily intake of royal jelly is beneficial to maintain good health. Prevention is always better than cure.
Here are some examples of how you can use royal jelly for some of the conditions mentioned. This list is not exhaustive.
Menopausal symptoms – Taking royal jelly (1 tablespoon) and bee pollen by mouth for 12 weeks can reduce menopausal symptoms and improve feelings of well-being.
Seasonal allergies (hayfever) – Taking a teaspoon of royal jelly by mouth for 3-6 months before and during pollen season to improve nasal congestion, sneezing, or eye discomfort in adults and children with hayfever.
Diabetic foot ulcers – Apply royal jelly and panthenol (Pediphar) for up to 6 months after cleansing and removal of dead tissue improves the healing of diabetic foot ulcers.
High cholesterol – Taking 1 teaspoon of royal jelly under the tongue or by mouth for 2-11 weeks, can help lower cholesterol levels in people with high cholesterol.
Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) – Taking 1 tablespoon of royal jelly and bee pollen by mouth for 2 menstrual cycles seems to decrease certain symptoms of PMS including irritability, weight increases, and swelling.
We at Arabian Luxuries sells raw organic Royal Jelly mixed with Dohani white honey. The taste of this mixture is as good as its health benefits! You can get these honey and royal jelly mix here.
WARNING: Do not take royal jelly if you have severe allergy to bees or bee products.
1. Malekinejad H et al. Cardioprotective effect of royal jelly on paclitaxel-induced cardiotoxicity
in rats. Iran J Basic Med Sci. Feb 2016. 19 (2): 221 – 227.
2. Rafat N et al. The modulating effect of royal jelly consumption against radiation-induced
apoptosis in human peripheral blood leukocytes. J Med Phys. Jan 2016. 41 (1): 52 – 57.
3. Pajovic B et al. The therapeutic potential of royal jelly in benign prostatic hyperplasia.
Comparison with contemporary literature. The Aging Male. April 2016. 79 (undefined): 1 – 5.
4. Khoshpey B et al. Effect of Royal Jelly Intake on Serum Glucose, Apolipoprotein A-I (ApoA-I),
Apolipoprotein B (ApoB) and ApoB/ApoA-I Ratios in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes: A
Randomized, Double-Blind Clinical Trial Study. Can J Diabetes. Mar 2016. 79 (undefined).
5. Shahzad Q et al. Royal jelly supplementation in semen extender enhances post-thaw quality
and fertility of Nili-Ravi buffalo bull sperm. Anim Reprod Sci. April 2016. 167 (undefined): 83
6. Shahzad Q et al. Nutrition and dopamine: An intake of tyrosine in royal jelly can affect the
brain levels of dopamine in male honeybees. J Insect Physiol. April 2016. 87 (undefined): 45
7. Aslan Z, Aksoy L. Anti-inflammatory effects of royal jelly on ethylene glycol induced renal
inflammation in rats. Int Braz J Urol. Sept-Oct 2015. 41 (5): 1008 – 1013.
8. El-Aidy WK et al. Evaluation of propolis, honey and royal jelly in amelioration of peripheral
blood leukocytes and lung inflammation in mouse conalbumin-induced asthma model. Saudi
J Biol Sci. Nov 2015. 22 (6): 780 – 788.
9. Ozan F et al. Effect of Royal Jelly on new bone formation in rapid maxillary expansion in rats.
Med Oral Patol Oral Cir Bucal. Nov 2015. 20 (6): e651 – 656.
10. Brudzynski K, Sjaarda C, Lannigan R. MRJP1-containing glycoproteins isolated from honey, a
novel antibacterial drug candidate with broad spectrum activity against multi-drug resistant
clinical isolates. Front Microbiol undefined 2015. 6 (undefined): 711.
11. Brudzynski K, Sjaarda C. Honey glycoproteins containing antimicrobial peptides, Jelleins of
the Major Royal Jelly Protein 1, are responsible for the cell wall lytic and bactericidal
activities of honey. Plos One 2015 10(4): e0120238.
12. Yamauchi K et al. The effect of topical application of royal jelly on chemoradiotherapyinduced
mucositis in head and neck cancer: a preliminary study. Int J Otolaryngol. 2014
13. Taavoni S et al. Effect of Royal Jelly on premenstrual syndrome among Iranian medical
sciences students: a randomized, triple-blind, placebo-controlled study. Complement Ther
Med. Aug 2014. 22(4): 601 – 606.