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Royal Jelly: A 'superfood' you might want to try!

Monday, February 27, 2012

Amid browsing the tents at the local farmerís market on Thursday morning, I came across something Iíve 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 Ďjellyí 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 donít 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 natureís 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, címon, youíve got to have respect for that! (And youíve 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 youíre 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 donít know why anyone would, itís great to add into yogurt (you canít 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!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
TOUTEDESUITE1 2/28/2012 10:52AM

    I used to use royal jelly but after researching and learning about the decline of the honey bee I decided it's best to not steal their nourishment to help keep them from dying off. So, now I don't use royal jelly or honey. You can get the same benefits from other foods.

Comment edited on: 2/28/2012 11:05:21 AM

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ZANDERSMOM2011 2/28/2012 10:51AM

    I took royal jelly daily while trying to conceive my son, it is amazing for fertility. I have not taken any since I got pregnant since I considered it a fertility aid but after reading this I think I will hit up the Akins later and get some. :)

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WOLFSPIRITMOM 2/28/2012 4:35AM

    I have it in my cupboard, I put in my tea!

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SHAESHISHA 2/28/2012 12:03AM

    I've never tried actual bee pollen yet, they have them at our local farmer's market too. I think over time I should be able to get a taste for royal jelly, it took me a couple of months to get used to eating raw cacao beans (they were so bitter at first!) But no I agree, the best flavors are definitely the ones you can find in nature! Unprocessed, untouched!

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JADOMB 2/27/2012 7:44PM

    I've read quite a bit about this stuff but never tried it. I have eaten honeycombs right from the hive and it's great. Thanks for bringing this up, I'll have to check it out.

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MEXGAL1 2/27/2012 7:15PM

    thanks so much for sharing. I am going to look into getting some down here in Mexico.

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IRP1114 2/27/2012 6:52PM

    Royal jelly is a great superfood. Eat it almost every day!

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ORGANIC811LFRV 2/27/2012 6:42PM

    I just got some bee pollen from an organic bee keeper. There are only a few in the USA. And, it is collected humanely - that is utmost important to me. Propolis is another bee product with amazing properties.

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KNEYRUS 2/27/2012 6:15PM

    love royal jelly and bee pollen are amazing sources of highly observable b-12 and very yummy. I find it funny that people find those 2 things disgusting, but then go out and eat products that contain dead meat from slaughtered animals and dairy products from tortured animals, yet natures perfect foods are disgusting to them .. something is wrong with that picture... Not pointing at anyone, with lots of respect for everyone's journey.. just my opinion ..

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RRP546 2/27/2012 6:11PM

  great and i do respect the queen

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SHAESHISHA 2/27/2012 6:07PM

    LoL I can see why anyone would want to pass up on the offer (just look at that picture with the bee carrying royal jelly! ewww!) But then again, honey itself is regurgitated nectar from the honeybee's stomach that's partially digested! emoticon Take your pick against the lesser of two evils on that one LoL

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HAILEYSMEMAW 2/27/2012 6:02PM

    How about I letting you have my share of ROYAL JELLY as well. I do beleive I'll FLY on this offer

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