I’ve heard over the years about the benefits of royal jelly and have wondered about trying it. One of my girlfriends recently started using it and says that it has helped her sleep better and lessen some of her menopausal symptoms. I figured I’d give it a try. Heck, I’ll be 50 in a few months, might as well do what I can to look and feel like I’m still on this side of 50.
A jar of pure royal jelly from Whole Foods.
What is Royal Jelly?
Royal Jelly is the powerful, milky substance that turns an ordinary bee into a Queen Bee. It is made of digested pollen and honey or nectar mixed with a chemical secreted from a gland ina nursing bee’s head. Sounds gross. An average bee lives just seven weeks, but a Queen Bee, fed only royal jelly her entire life, lives seven years. Now that is some kind of anti-aging and longevity plan. Royal jelly is used by some as a dietary supplement and fertility stimulant. It is loaded with all of the B vitamins plus some trace minerals and vitamin C, enzymes and antibacterial components. Contrary to what you might think, it isn’t sweet like honey. In fact, it has a tart, interesting flavor. You can certainly get used to it, or drizzle a little local honey on it for good measure.
Royal jelly is collected and sold as a dietary supplement either as the pure jelly, which must be refrigerated, or as capsules, claiming various health benefits such as stimulating stem cells in the brain, anti-inflammatory and antibiotic effects, cholesterol-lowering, inhibiting the vascularization of tumors, increasing energy, boosting metabolism and increasing sexual performance…to name just a few. It is also used as a component in some skin care and natural beauty products, helping to keep skin smooth, toned and elastic. The jar that I have recommends ¼ teaspoon per day.
Is Royal Jelly a New Phenomenon?
Royal jelly’s powerful properties have fascinated people for thousands of years, going back to the time of the ancient Egyptians who used it to keep their skin glowing. It was even used to help preserve the mummies.
I’m not going to get into anything too personal here, so this is what I’m willing to share. I’ve been on it for about six weeks now and I do fall asleep much faster and sleep sounder. (I’m still not sleeping through the night but that is a rescue cat and hubby snoring issue.) Here’s the weird thing…my eyelashes are longer and fuller. Seriously. Consider the fact that as a pale-skinned redhead, my eyelashes are virtually invisible. I had a makeup artist ask me once if I even had eyelashes. (I could’ve asked her if she even had manners, but I didn’t.) So I’m loving that. And I do feel I have more energy although that could be a combination of things – exercise, diet, yoga, sleep, etc.
Regardless, I’m feeling good on it. I try to avoid putting chemicals and drugs in my body, so this is a win so far in my book. I purchase it in the refrigerated section at Whole Foods, and until I start a beekeeping operation, will continue to do so. FYI – Whole Foods has a page on how to help increase our bee population and why that’s an important thing to do.
What Do You Think?
I’d love to hear if any of you have had experience with royal jelly. Comment below. Thanks! Chef Ro