The unique properties of fresh Royal Jelly are now widely appreciated. But did you know that Royal Jelly was popularised in the West by our very own Irene Stein 30 years ago.
In fact, Royal Jelly has been used to promote health and vitality for centuries by the Chinese who found this remarkable substance to be so effective that they actually have hospitals that only use Bee Products for treating patients.
But what is Royal Jelly?
Royal Jelly is the miraculous foodstuff responsible for the mutation of an ordinary bee egg into a Queen. Royal Jelly is a substance that has the approximate consistency, colour and appearance of condensed milk with a cheesy smell. Royal Jelly is actually the milk of worker bees – a glandular secretion like the milk of mammals.
Worker bees develop from fertilized eggs laid in small cells; the egg that will develop into a queen is indistinguishable from a worker egg at the time it is laid, the only difference is in the shape of the cell – which is larger. By the time of birth however, the queen is larger and different anatomically.
The only reason for this difference is Royal Jelly.
Worker bee larvae and queen bee larvae are both fed on a diet of Royal Jelly at the start of their lives. After 3 days, the workers are changed to a mixture of royal jelly, honey and pollen whilst in contrast the future queen continues to receive a rich diet of pure Royal Jelly. The result of the queen’s mono diet is her metamorphosis from a mere worker bee into true Royalty.
Because of her Royal Jelly diet, the Queen grows to THREE TIMES the size of a normal worker bee. The life span of the Queen can be up to 6 years compared to only 5 or 6 weeks for a worker bee. Not only that, the queen lays between 2 and 3 thousand eggs per day – the equivalent of the average hen laying 60 to 70 in a 24 hour period.
And all this results from the Royal Jelly diet fed to the Queen bee.
Experiments done in the early part of last century looked at the effect of a Royal Jelly diet on other insects. They showed remarkable results. The life span of the insects that were fed on Royal Jelly increased by 30 to 50% and in some cases as much as 200%! The Royal Jelly insects also manifested extra-ordinary reproductive activity.
What is the effect of Royal Jelly on humans?
Royal Jelly is known as “Nature’s Richest Health Food” or “Natures Pharmacy” and sometimes as “Natures Fountain of Youth” – all of which give you an idea of the different properties of this amazing substance.
Royal Jelly has an extremely high nutritional value, containing 22 amino acids, including the eight essential amino acids and is high in both minerals and vitamins containing all the B group vitamins, vitamin A, C, D and K.
Scientific research suggests that Royal Jelly is an effective treatment for arthritis – in China it is often given as an injection directly into the joint.
There is also evidence that Royal Jelly lowers serum cholesterol and restores the correct balance of “good” and “bad” cholesterol.
But it is important to remember that Irene Unique Royal Jelly formulation differs from fresh royal jelly in isolation. Irene Stein’s pioneering spirit motivated her to work constantly to improve on its properties by combining the royal jelly with other ingredients (Ginseng, Echinacea D6 and the herbs Damiana, Capsicum, and Saw Palmetto) to enhance its efficacy by tenfold.
COMPONENTS OF ROYAL JELLY
Royal Jelly is one of those natural products that have been overlooked time and time again. Our jackrabbit lifestyles generally leave little time to nourish ourselves the way we should and most of us are lacking many of the nutrients that this natural pharmacy allows us to reclaim.
Royal Jelly is a substance this is produced by nurse bees and fed to the Queen bee. All bee larvae are fed this substance for the first three days of their lives. The Queen bee is fed this substance all the days of her life.
Royal Jelly is often called, “nature’s fountain of youth”. This substance has yet to be synthesized and baffles scientists with its complex make-up. Some compounds of Royal Jelly have not even been identified by science!
Royal Jelly contains 22 amino acids, eight of which are the essential amino acids our bodies need but cannot produce on their own. If your body does not have enough of an amino acid, then some bodily function is likely to be thrown off balance. Below is a list of the amino acids and their functions:
Essential Amino Acids
· Tryptophan – Considered a natural relaxant, it helps to relieve insomnia, is used to treat migraines, reduces heart and arterial spasms and works with lysine to reduce cholesterol.
· Lysine – Aids in the absorption of calcium, assists in the formation of collagen for bones, cartilage and connective tissues. Lysine also helps to produce antibodies, hormones and enzymes and has been known to alleviate the symptoms of people afflicted with herpes.
· Methionine – Provides a primary source of sulfur resulting in healthy skin, hair and nails. Also assists with lowering cholesterol levels, reduces liver fat and protects the kidney.
· Phenylaline – Reduces hunger pains, arthritis symptoms, menstrual cramps, migraine headaches, acts as an antidepressant and improves memory. Phenylaline is also instrumental in the production of norepinephrine, which is responsible for transmitting signals between nerve cells and the brain.
Theronine – Makes up a substantial portion of collagen, elastin and enamel proteins. Prevents buildup in the liver, aids in digestive and intestinal tract function and acts as a trigger for metabolism.
· Valine – Promotes mental energy, helps muscle coordination and serves as a natural tranquilizer.
· Leucine – Promotes mental alertness and works with isoleucine to provide the manufacture of essential biochemical processes in the body for energy.
Non-Essential Amino Acids
· Glycine – Increases the effectiveness of the immune system, assists in the manufacture of hormones and facilitates the release of oxygen for cell making processes.
· Serine – Synthesizes a fatty acid sheath around nerve fibers and provides antibodies for the immune system.
· Glutamic Acid – Also known as nature’s “brain food”, Glutamic Acid is thought to increase mental prowess and energy and to speed the healing of tumors.
· Arginine – Aids in liver detoxification, healthy skin, strengthening of the immune system and promotes the production of several hormones including; glucagons, insulin and growth hormones.
· Creatine – Assists in building muscles and is not produced in large quantities by the body. The natural supply of Creatine is depleted after about 10 seconds of vigorous exercise.
· Carnitine – Assists in the burning of fat, especially in the liver and heart.
· Glutamine – Aids in the treatment of ulcers, intestinal ailments, arthritis, tissue damage, connective tissue diseases and aids in learning by increasing mental alertness and memory.
· Histadine – A compound released by the immune system during allergic reactions.
· N-Acetyl-Cysteine (NAC) – Helps the body synthesize glutathione (an antioxidant). It has been shown that low levels of glutathione can leave the body vulnerable to further immune compromise in HIV-infected individuals.
Not only are all of the above amino acids resident in Royal Jelly, it also has many vitamins, as listed below:
§ Vitamin A – For vision, bone growth, reproduction, cell division and cell differentiation. An antioxidant, vitamin A also helps maintain the integrity of mucous membranes and skin and strengthens the immune system.
§ Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) – Enhances circulation, helps with blood formation and is required for a healthy nervous system. Great for the brain, thiamine can improve memory and learning and is required in children for growth. Thiamine is also believed to help with arthritis, cataracts and infertility.
§ Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) – Improves metabolism (needed to synthesize proteins, carbohydrates and fats), helps activate vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine) and Folic Acid, another B vitamin. Important for growth and red blood cell production.
§ Vitamin B3 (Niacin) – Balances the metabolism, reduces “bad” cholesterol (LDL cholesterol) and increases “good” cholesterol (HDL).
§ Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid) – Used to break down carbohydrates, proteins and fats and is beneficial to the maintenance of healthy skin, nerves and muscles.
§ Vitamin B6 – Assists with the formation and health of red blood cells and blood vessels, nerve function, gums and teeth. Aids the metabolism of amino acids found in protein, depression and PMS.
§ Vitamin B12 – Necessary for the rapid synthesis of DNA in cell division (this is important in the creation of bone marrow), the formation of red blood cells, a healthy nervous system and aids in the prevention of anemia.
§ Acetylcholine – Used as a neurotransmitter and is important to the stimulation of muscle tissue.
§ Ecanoic Acid – Aids the immune system by supporting the production of antibodies.
§ Gamma Globulin – Boosts the immune system and helps the immune system create antibodies. Sometimes Gamma Globulin is injected directly into patients who have been exposed to certain diseases for a quick immune system boost.
§ Vitamin C – A powerful antioxidant, known to be beneficial to nearly every organ in the human body, is critical to the immune system and is said to be toxic to some malignant cancer cells.
§ Vitamin D – Contributes to a healthy skeleton by strengthening bones.
§ Vitamin E – Another powerful antioxidant known for its ability to assist the body in ridding itself of free-radicals.
§ Vitamin K – Critical to proper control of blood clotting. Supports proper bone formation and repair, also may help prevent or minimize osteoporosis.
It is really no wonder that some people refer to Royal Jelly as nature’s pharmacy. Royal Jelly contains compounds that our bodies both need and in some cases, cannot produce on their own.