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Introduction of the best natural food supplement - Royal Jelly

Updated on November 1, 2015
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Tsu Yuan Nieh (Richard) is a electrical engineer, PhD. I care about having a healthy life very much and would love to share my insights.

People’s first impression on food supplements is often about the synthetically made vitamins. The general public knows about vitamins because they are mass produced, lower in price and easy to find from local pharmacies or supermarkets, but consumers often overlook the naturally produced food supplements. Royal jelly is one of the best examples that are unknown to many people, especially to younger family members who normally ignore balanced nutrition intake from their daily diet due to their busy schedules with work and daily errands. Nevertheless, royal jelly is one of the best natural food supplements you can find, and this article will describe what it is, how it is produced and harvested, and what its benefits are. In addition, I will introduce the new technology that can extract water out of royal jelly to make it easier to store and intake on a daily basis.

Interesting facts about royal jelly


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Royal Jelly Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 100g
Calories 329
Calories from Fat0
% Daily Value *
Fat 0 g
Saturated fat 0 g
Unsaturated fat 0 g
Carbohydrates 78 g26%
Sugar 0 g
Fiber 0 g
Protein 1 g2%
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 1 mg
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

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Nutrition and Effects

Royal jelly is often viewed as a food supplement having refreshing effect on the skin and boosting immune systems to energize people and make them look younger, but it offers so much more. Royal jelly contains amino acids, which are biologically important organic compounds. Humans require 22 amino acids to synthesize protein to generate energy, and nine of those 22 amino acids are most essential to the body and can only be absorbed from food. Royal Jelly provides those essential amino acids which are the primary reason for energizing people. Additionally, there are ten kinds of decanoic acid substances which only exist in bee by-products, and these acid substances are crucial for increasing cell regeneration. Royal Jelly has a particularly higher amount than other bee products.

The nutrition of Royal Jelly is highly concentrated and can be easily absorbed by human body. Therefore, even a small amount of daily consumption can be greatly beneficial to human body. It is recommended to take 1~2 grams per day to be most effective, but it also depends on the consumer need. People who wish to boost their immune systems can take more than 2 grams. I personally take 1.3 grams per day. The Nutrition facts table is based on 100 grams, hence the high calories value.

How does a bee produce royal jelly?

Some people mistake Royal Jelly as a similar product to honey, but they are actually very different. Honey is food made by worker bees and material to make honeycombs. Royal Jelly is specifically fed to bee larvae and helps the larvae grow into queen bees. It is also fed to the adult queen bees.

After worker bees digest and absorb their food i.e. honey or pollen, the nutrition is transferred from their intestines, passing through from their spine to the pharyngeal glands in their heads and then become royal jelly. The worker bees will then secrete it from their mouth and feed to bee larvae. Royal jelly looks like milky and hence is also called the milk of queen bee in Chinese (even though it’s not produced by the queen bee but rather for the queen bee).

Taiwanese beekeepers harvesting honey and royal jelly.
Taiwanese beekeepers harvesting honey and royal jelly. | Source
Beehive box located in Taiwan Easter Region.
Beehive box located in Taiwan Easter Region. | Source

Harvesting

Each beehive box has exactly one queen bee and an average of sixty thousand worker bees. The worker bees produce royal jelly and then feed it to bee larvae. The sex of the larvae is not determined when they are first born; it is decided by how much royal jelly is applied on them. There can only be one queen in the bee society, so determining the sex of the bee is a very special and important process. I personally believe that the whole purpose of this process is to make the queen bee and any other types of bees simply by-products (a lot of them).

When harvesting, a hole with the size of the tip of the index finger would be drilled on the bee hive. The beekeepers will plant the prepared bee larvae on a tube as baits, so the worker bees would apply the Royal Jelly on them and then the beekeepers can take the tube out and collect the royal jelly. This method gives beekeepers control for harvesting, but it is still a difficult task; one kilogram can take up to four hours to extract, a very delicate work.

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Bee hive.BeeBeebox and visitor.Taiwan Easter Region: clean, no pollution and rich in agricultural products. Honeycomb.Taiwan eastern region beekeeping team.Beekeepers harvests royal jelly. Beekeepers harvests royal jelly.
Bee hive.
Bee hive. | Source
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Bee | Source
Beebox and visitor.
Beebox and visitor. | Source
Taiwan Easter Region: clean, no pollution and rich in agricultural products.
Taiwan Easter Region: clean, no pollution and rich in agricultural products. | Source
Honeycomb.
Honeycomb. | Source
Taiwan eastern region beekeeping team.
Taiwan eastern region beekeeping team. | Source
Beekeepers harvests royal jelly.
Beekeepers harvests royal jelly. | Source
Beekeepers harvests royal jelly.
Beekeepers harvests royal jelly. | Source

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The Benefits of Royal Jelly

Royal Jelly has many healthy benefits. It is a strong agent which prevents cancer, increases your energy level, maintains organ health and boosts immune systems. What’s more:

  • Lower blood cholesterol: There are research results demonstrate that patients with hardening arteries conditions improves by taking royal jelly 50-100 mg per day.
  • Fight cancer: Royal Jelly contains Gonadotropin hormone has positive effect on cancer related diseases.
  • Boost immune system: Royal Jelly can progress the immune cell production and raise the amount of antibody.
  • Boost energy level: The amino acids groups and they can synthesize protein and provide energy for human growth hence it has capability to boost metabolism and immune system and give people younger looking.
  • Antibacterial: It contains the queen bee acid (10-HDA) which can slow down bacteria growth.
  • Beauty maintenance: It improves skin due to its effect on cell generation, hence it is a great beauty agent.
  • Improve pregnancy chances: The Gonadotropin hormone can also maintain female egg production and the health of uterus hence improve the chance of pregnancy.
  • Blood regeneration: It can increase blood iron transport and increase red blood cell and platelets which means it helps blood production.
  • And finally it has painkilling, improving digestion and other effects.

Dry Royal Jelly Powder

The taste of fresh royal jelly is quite strong and may not be acceptable to everyone, therefore manufacturers tend to put them inside capsules. The fresh royal jelly are usually stored in the fridge, and they are difficult to carry around even if they are deposited inside the capsules. In addition, the capsules used to contain the fresh Royal Jelly are genuinely thicker and hence heavier, so you are actually paying for the weight of shell rather than the product itself when you buy 1500 mg of capsules. Fresh Royal Jelly are not only beneficial for human bodies but contain a high percentage of water which contributes to the weight of their liquid forms.

In order to ensure longer freshness and easy swallowing, the concentrated frozen drying process can be used to extract water from Royal Jelly, crystallize and transform it into a powder form and then be deposited in a capsule. This technology is often used to extract water for cosmic agents. Japan is the leading Asian country in such technology.


Dry Royal Jelly vs Fresh Royal Jelly

Royal Jelly Comparison
Form
Nutrition impacts
Capsule size
Dry
Powder form. 70% of water is extracted.
No impact.
Light and small.
Fresh
In a liquid form.
No impact.
Slightly larger but heavy.

Frozen Dried Royal Jelly capsule products can save your time and effort for easy consumption, and they are also easier to store because the concentrated drying process technology removes 70% of the moisture. 400 mg capsules are equivalent to 1333 mg of fresh Royal Jelly which is more than enough for daily usage.

Even with this new technology, it does not drive the price of Royal Jelly up considering that the only difference between dry and fresh Royal Jelly is just water; the beneficial effects of royal jelly stay the same. When purchasing dry royal jelly, you should consider it as a genuinely lighter product, so multiply the weight by three and you will get the estimated equivalent weight of the fresh one.

Market Price

Prices for fresh royal jelly capsules can vary; the large 1500 mg fresh royal jelly capsules can cost around £10 for 30 intakes. The dry capsules are rare and much lighter; the price I saw on UK Amazon is £14.95 for 180 capsules, 166 mg per capsule. Please read the instructions carefully, as it will say that there are 500 mg per capsule but show that they are equivalent to the actual weight of 166 mg. I am not a fan of small capsules because they are usually not enough if you only take one capsule per day. The largest capsule on the market is 2000 mg, which is just 570 mg per capsule, and the description will explain that the weight should be multiplied by 3.5 (slightly higher than what I would use for calculation). The pictures shown below is 400 mg capsule, which is perfect for continuous daily consumptions.

Royal jelly powder

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The Royal Jelly powder encapsulated.400 mg (1333 mg) capsule size.
The Royal Jelly powder encapsulated.
The Royal Jelly powder encapsulated.
400 mg (1333 mg) capsule size.
400 mg (1333 mg) capsule size.

Great Natural Food Supplement

Royal Jelly is one of the best natural food supplements you can find. There are many myths about how Royal Jelly can help people with weight control or even increase breast size, but those myths are unproven. The benefits listed here are proven by various scientific researches. I learned about Royal Jelly from my dear friend who has been a beekeeper for 30 years. He is now the leader of Taiwanese Eastern Region beekeeping team and has earned various awards for his bee products.

Reference

Madar, J., Maly, E., Neubauer, E., and Moscovic, F. [Effect of bee royal jelly (gelee royale) on the cholesterol level, total lipids in the serum and on the fibrinolytic activity of plasma of elderly arteriosclerotic patients]. Z.Alternsforsch. 1965;18(2):103-108.

Nakaya, M., Onda, H., Sasaki, K., Yukiyoshi, A., Tachibana, H., and Yamada, K. Effect of royal jelly on bisphenol A-induced proliferation of human breast cancer cells. Biosci.Biotechnol.Biochem. 2007;71(1):253-255.

Okamoto, I., Taniguchi, Y., Kunikata, T., Kohno, K., Iwaki, K., Ikeda, M., and Kurimoto, M. Major royal jelly protein 3 modulates immune responses in vitro and in vivo. Life Sci. 9-5-2003;73(16):2029-2045.

Chun SY, Feng TY Fu SY Kwong CC Jing GC. Royal jelly inhibited N-acetylation and metabolism of 2-aminofluorene in human liver tumor cells (J5). Toxicological & Environmental Chemistry. 2005;87:83-90.

Feng TJ, Sun YB. Determination of 10-HDA in royal jelly preparations using TLC-UV spectrometry. Journal of China Pharmacy (China). 1993;4:13-15.

Toman, A. and Kreze, M. [Influence of royal jelly on the excretion of gonadotropins in healthy males]. Bratisl.Lek.Listy 1972;57(3):349-352.

Kaczor, M. Koltek A. and Matuszewski J. The effect of Royal Jelly on blood lipids in atheromatic subjects. Polski Tygod.tek. 1962;17:140-144.

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      Tsu Yuan Nieh 2 years ago from Newcastle, UK

      Thank you for reading and commenting GmaGoldie. I have written another piece for bee pollen of Rhus Javanica; I personally found the story fascinating when my mother told me about it. I translated her, my beekeeping friends' story plus some researches I did on my own. I believe that article is even better than this one because royal jelly is more general but Rhus Javanica flower is hard to find in US or Europe.

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 2 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      Richard,

      I found you in the forums and am I glad that I did!

      This is a great article. I learned allot and your quiz proved it! I will have to give this a try. Thank you very much!

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      Tsu Yuan Nieh 2 years ago from Newcastle, UK

      Thank you for the comment, Shyron. Royal jelly is one of the supplement that I rarely heard anyone have problem with. It is basically a vitamin but not synthetically made. However, just like people may have allergic reaction to honey, some people may be allergic to royal jelly as well. In addition, I found that storing and eating fresh royal jelly is quite annoying. Probably I am a bit lazy and prefer something more convenient. There are more capsule manufacturers nowadays than fresh royal jelly ones anyway. Price has gone down a lot as well.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Richard, this is a very good article.

      I have not tried this supplement. I did try Salba and sorry that I purchased it, it is a natural food that could have a bad affect on people like my husband, who have only one kidney.

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      Tsu Yuan Nieh 2 years ago from Newcastle, UK

      Thank you but it seems I cannot pass the QAP and the article cannot be featured so it may be getting automatically unpublished soon. However, I am very glad you liked the information I posted. It is a great food supplement that people missed so often. The price is getting lower from year to year and it is actually quite easy to get from ebay or amazon for very affordable price. I recommend to take them on daily basis.

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      Silva Hayes 2 years ago from Spicewood, Texas

      What a fascinating article. I learned a lot from it. Thanks so much.