What does a queen eat? One would assume high quality, specially prepared foods spread out in several courses served up with care on fine silver platters with attendants clearing away unwanted fare only to bring the next delicious item. In the case of bees, however, the queen eats a white amazingly nutritious substance known as Royal Jelly which lengthens her life span exponentially compared to regular ‘worker bees.’ You too can eat like the queen bee and live longer.
Perhaps the least known and understood superfood on the planet is the queen bee’s royal jelly. The origin of the queen bee is fascinating, as she is absolutely identical until ingesting the magical jelly. She then eats the royal food for the first three days after hatching, forever changing her. Only the bee chosen to be the queen feeds on royal jelly and eats it for the duration her life. The rest of the bees eat honey and pollen. A queen bee lives anywhere from 3-5 years where regular worker bees live only about 3 months.
The amazing properties of royal jelly ought to receive more attention due to the scope and variety of ailments it is able to assist. Royal jelly has been used as a natural anti-depressant, alleviator of arthritis, body regenerator, cancer corrective and more. Known to many as the ‘fountain of youth and beauty’, royal jelly is thought to inhibit the aging process and maintain elasticity in the skin, improving skin tone.
Considered a superfood in all ways – royal jelly contains about 50% protein, 20% carbohydrates and 14% fat. The list of nutrients is extensive including the second best source of Vitamin B5, plus other B vitamins, calcium, magnesium, potassium, zinc, iron, and manganese. The powerful, energizing effect of consuming royal jelly has been compared by many to the effects of drinking caffeinated coffee minus the side effects.
Hormonal and glandular imbalances have been effectively treated with royal jelly. Issues with both sight and memory loss, heart disease and nervous disorders have likewise responded beneficially. “Royal jelly is the only significant source of acetylcholine, an important neurotransmitter. Acetylcholine is needed for the transmission of nerve impulses through-out the brain and spinal cord. It contains other rare substances, like immunoglobulins, which are found in no other foods. A rare type of structural protein, a collagen-like substance, is also found in it. The latter is thought to account for its beautifying powers. The fact is no other substances matches its density of cellular and body-building components.”
A study published in the American Association for Cancer Research clear back in 1960 found “whole royal jelly, when pre-mixed with tumor cells before inoculation, has been shown to inhibit completely the development of transplantable AKR leukemia and of three lines of mouse ascitic tumors.“
For children and pregnant mamas, royal jelly is essential to know about as it greatly improves brain development and assists with the growth of all body processes. During pregnancy, royal jelly not only assists with the growing child, but helps keep the hormones of the mother balanced, energy high and vitamin and mineral nutrients up. For those who have lost their appetite and are thus losing weight or for those who have suffered from anorexia, royal jelly can help to restore proper hunger and nutrients to the body, thereby reinstating good health.
Eat like a queen, no matter who you are and live longer with the amazing benefits of one of nature’s best kept secrets, royal jelly. Effects are noticeable almost immediately. Make sure to keep it stored in the refrigerator, and if the strong taste puts you off, mix with a spoonful of raw honey and delight in the dessert of mother nature as royalty.
Written by: Stasia Bliss