Superfood Spotlight: Royal Jelly

What you need to know: Royal jelly is a unique substance made by worker bees to nourish the queen bee and developing bee larvae. It is a rare and complete food, providing all the nutrients needed to support growth and development, which is why it is prized by superfood lovers everywhere and used to boost beauty, deeply nourish, and to treat an array of conditions ranging from high cholesterol to tumor development.

Why you should try it: Royal jelly is not only a nutrifying agent, but in preliminary research, it has been shown to stimulate the growth of nerve cells and influences the expression of D.N.A. Studies show royal jelly is likely the determining factor in the development of a larvae into a queen bee, which leads to royal jelly’s use as a reproductive tonic. Alternative practitioners have had great clinical success using royal jelly to promote pregnancy, especially in women with infertility issues. Need we say more?

Let’s get together: A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down, and that is exactly what we are going to do with royal jelly. Due to its less-than-pleasant flavor on its own, we recommend mixing your dose of royal jelly with (what else?) raw honey. Believe us, it’s the way to go. Another thing to remember is that royal jelly is a very delicate substance, easily damaged by heat, and therefore should always be purchased frozen or refrigerated. Quality is everything when looking to ensure results.

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  1. This is so interesting! I will definitely be checking this out. Any recommendations for a good quality brand?

    Kelsey | 11.20.2013 | Reply
    • Hi Kelsey, we love NOW Foods or YS Eco Bee Farms!

      The Chalkboard | 11.20.2013 | Reply
  2. I saw this yesterday & had coincidentally been reading about it so I decided to pick it up at Whole Foods. My suggestion is to follow the directions and BEWARE. I took a drop on the tongue to test, and immediately had a reaction to it and had to go to the Dr. Now, I have been stung by bees with no reaction so I would assume no problem, until a co-worker pointed out that the jelly carries super concentrated amounts of random allergens. Including ragweed and such (which is most common) Some people don’t follow the directions, take it and just go into shock, so please use with caution. I am bummed I won’t benefit from this but please be careful!

    Alina | 11.21.2013 | Reply
  3. Definitely proceed with caution and determine whether you may have an allergic reaction. Royal jelly can cause anaphylaxis, which can on occasion cause death. Any article about it should mention this.

    Katy | 11.22.2013 | Reply

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