Royal Jelly - Health Benefits, Uses And Side Effects
Royal jelly, also known as gelee royale and RJ, is the milky-white gelatinous substance secreted from the cephalic glands of nurse worker bees (Apis mellifera) for apparently the sole purpose of stimulating the growth and development of the queen bee. Royal jelly contains a mix of vitamins, minerals, proteins and fatty acids. Some people believe royal jelly slows the human aging process, based on the observation that queen bees are twice the size of worker bees, live 5 to 8 years longer and, unlike worker bees, are fertile. Other claims for royal jelly center on its purported value in treating male pattern baldness, easing menopause symptoms, and enhancing sexual performance.
About 11% of royal jelly is made up of sugars, such as fructose and glucose, similar to those found in honey. Lipids comprise about 5% of the substance and consist mainly of medium-chain hydroxy fatty acids, such as trans-10-hydroxy-2-decenoic acid, which is also thought to possess antimicrobial properties.
Common doses of Royal Jelly
Royal jelly comes as:
Uses of Royal Jelly
Royal jelly may have hypolipidemic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antiproliferative activities. Specifically, royal jelly may help to :-
Side effects of Royal Jelly
Call your health care practitioner if you experience any of these possible side effects of royal jelly:
Combining royal jelly with certain drugs may alter their action or produce unwanted side effects. Tell your health care practitioner about any prescription or nonprescription drugs you're taking, especially drugs that lower blood sugar.
Important points to remember
What the research shows
Despite claims that royal jelly reduces the effects of aging, rejuvenates the skin, treats baldness, and improves sexual performance, the substance lacks hormonal components that promote fertility, growth, or longevity. Studies haven't completely substantiated its effectiveness in reducing wrinkles and blemishes.
Other names for Royal Jelly
Another name for royal jelly is queen bee jelly.
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