Amid browsing the tents at the local farmer’s market on Thursday morning, I came across something I’ve never heard before in my life: Royal Jelly. At first I thought it was like the name of it, Royal JELLY; a jelly you could spread on a slice of sprouted rye, and was instantly excited. However, Royal Jelly is nothing compared to jellies spread on a bread slice like strawberry jelly, marmalade, or even Nutella. Royal Jelly is actually the secreted, creamy, extremely nutritious liquid from the nurse bees that feed it to the queen bees of the colony. Royal Jelly is what the queen bees are nourished by their entire lives, and live off this ‘jelly’ for the sake of how extremely nutritious it is. For us humans, Royal Jelly can actually be a very integral part of obtaining nutrients.
I don’t like thinking about the image of a creepy little bumblebee with its creepy looking eyes and antennae secreting this nutritious stuff from the base of their creepy little foreheads. BUT, I do have a newfound respect for nature’s pollen harvesters, because a queen bee is capable of laying over THREE THOUSAND EGGS a DAY for an entire season for the hive! For any species on Earth to do such a thing, c’mon, you’ve got to have respect for that! (And you’ve got to be having a nutritious source to do that too!)
Royal Jelly is rich in proteins, with eight essential amino acids, and contains Vitamin A, B-complex (which is pretty much B1, B2, B6, and B12), C, D, and E. It has elements to which enhances your immune system, slows the signs of aging, preventive toward arthritis and multiple sclerosis, lower cholesterol, and heal the cardiovascular system amongst many more benefits.
I have to admit though, Royal Jelly tastes like you’re eating a wax candle. You would think it would be just as good as natural honey is, but Royal Jelly is definitely something you need to get an acquired taste toward if you ever want to eat it straight up as is. While I don’t know why anyone would, it’s great to add into yogurt (you can’t taste it at all over the taste of your yogurt, and if you add things like nuts/fruit into it) or add it into a smoothie (once again the rest of it will overpower the taste). Royal Jelly might not be for everyone (ESPECIALLY for those who are allergic to bees in the first place, this is definitely something you do NOT want to try!), but I look at it as more of another tool in my healthy lifestyle to put into my diet!