Anti-Aging Benefits of Royal Jelly February 16 2015, 0 Comments
Royal Jelly Benefits Discovered in the 1800’s
Royal jelly is a creamy white substance that is produced by honey bees. Its benefits were discovered in the 1800’s and since then its application for humans has evolved into health benefits by producing it in supplements and skin care and cosmetic products.
While it may sound romantic, the way it is produced and its purpose are not so much. Basically the little worker bee secretes royal jelly from its throat glands to feed bee larvae during the first few days of their life but then reserves it for the larvae that will become Queen bees. Queen bees that feed on this substance are known to live up to seven years while the worker bee lives for only seven weeks. This is what lead researchers to believe that royal jelly may have health benefits for humans also.
So what make this substance so special for queen bees? One of the key ingredients is a protein called royalactin. The protein content in royal jelly is 13% with key vitamins like Vitamin A, E, C and B. It is also packed with hormones, enzymes, fatty acids, sterols, DNA, RNA, gelatin and immune proteins to protect them against infection.
Royal Jelly Crowns the Queen
So with all these great ingredients it was very natural for researchers to wonder about the health benefits to human who use royal jelly. It has been discovered by the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center that royal jelly has anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties that may also help to lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels. It is also attributed to a number of other health benefits that have not been proven. The estrogen-like properties have been said to improve infertility, relieve menopause and prevent osteoporosis but there are no studies to prove so. It is also know to have health benefits for asthma sufferers, hay fever, liver disease, pancreatitis, insomnia, pre-menstrual symptoms, stomach ulcers and kidney diseases.
Royal Jelly Makes a Comeback to Skin Care
With these benefits in mind, royal jelly has been found in high end skin care products since the 1950’s as an anti-aging ingredient. Because of its cost US skin care producers moved away from using it but recently royal jelly has been coming back to those who produce natural and organic skin care products. It is more widely used in Europe and Asia.
Its thick white paste makes it easy to add to skin care products because its lack of color does not alter the finished product and desired appearance. It’s most favored use is in face creams, eye creams, body creams, lip products, foundations and hair care.
Although all the ingredients found in royal jelly support anti-aging and anti-inflammatory benefits, there is no substantial research to support this belief. It may protect against sun damage, it may reduce fine line and wrinkles and improve skin texture and firmness. It also may moisturize and condition the skin.