Royal jelly – the elixir of queens
Like donkey milk for Cleopatra, there is also a royal miracle cure in the hive: royal jelly. Rich in vitamins, minerals and trace elements, it ensures the transformation of bee larvae into queen bees. But it also benefits people. How and why – we explain.
What is meant by royal jelly?
Royal jelly is also known as royal jelly or queen bee juice. This is a mixture of secretions from the sap and maxillary glands of workers. Bee larvae only receive royal jelly during the first three larval stages. Only future queen bees among the larvae are allowed to continue drinking this special juice. Its rich ingredients give these larvae an enormous growth spurt. And the queen bee also feeds mainly on royal jelly throughout her life - a true miracle cure: the queen bee reaches an age of three to four years, while worker bees only live just over a month.
What is contained in royal jelly?
No wonder only queens get royal jelly juice as their food. After all, it is rich in valuable nutrients. These include vitamins A, E, C and B, but also minerals such as calcium and magnesium. In addition to essential amino acids, royal jelly also contains proteins, sugar compounds and water. However, the exact composition of royal jelly is still a mystery even to researchers. To date, more than 185 ingredients have been discovered. In addition, royal jelly can also have regional and seasonal differences in its composition.
Fight against the signs of the times with royal jelly
Due to the numerous health-promoting ingredients, royal jelly is also considered to be extremely health-promoting for humans. Many people take royal jelly in capsule or ampoule form. But its effect on the skin should not be underestimated either. For example, the miracle cure has been proven to have a skin-rejuvenating effect.
Last but not least, in a study, scientists were even able to notice an improvement in the skin of test subjects with UV-damaged skin. Royal jelly reduced inflammation and significantly increased the moisture content of the skin.
The same applies to royal jelly: quality instead of quantity
The internal and external use of royal jelly promises numerous benefits, provided you use royal jelly of the best quality. Nowadays the royal juice is very often imported from China and Southeast Asia and has considerable differences in quality. With high-quality royal jelly, the bee colonies only receive natural food, while with low-quality royal jelly, bees receive additional food solutions. Often queen bee juice can also contain veterinary drug residues. The best way to avoid such problems is to rely on local manufacturers and ask them.
Ultimately, be it royal jelly, beeswax, propolis or honey – bee products are among nature's most effective natural products and benefit people just as much as they benefit bees.
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