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Royal Jelly Health Benefits: Improves Collagen Levels And More

If you have no idea what royal jelly is, then it might sound like something either prestigious or expensive, sitting atop shelves out of reach of children. After all, it does say ‘royal’ in the name. But if you’re already familiar with what it does, then that opinion might not change at all since unsurprisingly so, royal jelly does deserve its name.

Why? Simple, because it’s been reported to have anti-diabetic, antioxidant, antibacterial and wound healing properties. And much like honey, it can be eaten too, with the benefit including asthma natural remedy, age-defying treatment, healthy bone development and to boost our immune system, and that’s not even all of it.

Here’s what you need to know about this amazing natural substance.

Royal Jelly

Similar to honey, royal jelly (RJ) is also produced by bees, although this nutritious substance is only produced by young nurse ones from the hive. As a substance, RJ contains a large amount of amino acids, which we can use for both reproduction and healthy cell growth. Bees usually use it for the nutrition of adult queen bees and her larvae. It's the sole food that queen and nurse bees eat all their lives, as well as what larvae eat for three days after hatching. In total, it’s the main food of bees, while honey is used to provide them energy.

And while RJ hasn’t been studied as extensively as normal honey, we still know a lot of its health benefits. This includes cognitive support, healing  wounds, fertility support, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects, kidney and liver disease support, healthy skin, energy and vitality, digestive support, bone support, diabetic support and protection against neurodegenerative diseases.

Touted as “the fountain of youth and beauty,” RJ contains proteins, free amino acids, vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates and fats. It’s also a great source of inositol, biotin, Vitamin B5 and other B vitamins, folate, nucleic acids, gamma globulin and 17 different amino acids. These include eight essential amino acids that our body cannot produce on its own.

Additionally, it also contains magnesium, calcium, potassium, copper, sulfur, zinc, manganese and some iron.

Honey Chinese ethnic Lisu honey hunters cut fresh beehives after gathering wild cliff honey in a gorge on May 31, 2019 near Mangshi, in Dehong prefecture, Yunnan province China. Kevin Frayer/Getty Images