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Royal Jelly general information
What is Royal Jelly used for?
Goodhealth Royal Jelly capsules are a dietary supplement rich in vitamins, mineral and other nutrients that is used to support immune system function, low energy, vitality, skin health and cardiovascular health. Royal Jelly is naturally produced by the honey bee (Apis mellifera) secreted from the hypopharingeal and mandibular glands of the mouthparts of the worker bee. In nature it is used to feed bee larva for their first few days and then as nutrition for the new developing queen bee in the hive boosting her growth rate and extending her life span. Royal Jelly has been used as a traditional medicine for thousands of years and plays a key role in traditional Chinese medicine. The use of Royal Jelly as a nutritional supplement is based on its dramatic effects on the queen bee. There is now some interest in understanding more about the active ingredients in Royal Jelly and their biological activities and how Royal Jelly may be used to improve health and wellbeing and in particular their role in supporting the immune system and the cardiovascular system.
How does Royal Jelly work?
Goodhealth Royal Jelly capsules, also call Bee vibrant, is rich in a range of nutrients that are important for health and wellbeing. The composition of Royal Jelly includes proteins (12-15%), sugars (10-12%), lipids (3-7%), minerals (mainly calcium and iron), vitamins (particularly the B vitamins B5 and B6) and is approximately 67% water1, 2.
The B vitamins comprise a series of eight vitamins that play an important role in cell metabolism by conversion of organic materials, like carbohydrates, into energy. They are also involved synthesis and repair of proteins, which contributes to maintaining healthy skin and muscle tone, a healthy immune and nervous system, and producing red blood cells. The B vitamin component of Royal Jelly may contribute to supporting immune system function and skin health and improving energy and vitality.
There is evidence suggesting that health-protecting properties of Royal Jelly may be due to actions of the lipids component3. The principal lipid component in Royal Jelly is 10-Hydroxy-trans-2-decenoic acid (10H2DA), which is an unsaturated fatty acid and comprises more than 50% of free fatty acids in Royal Jelly. It has been found to play an immunomodulatory role and may be important in boosting the immune system4. 10H2DA has also been found to have antiinflammatory properties5, and antibacterial properties6.
The protein component of Royal Jelly is known as the Major Royal Jelly Proteins (MRJP) and nine such proteins have been identified with diverse possible pharmacological actions2, 7. Peptides isolated from Royal Jelly have been found to have strong antioxidant activities8, 9 and antibacterial properties6.
Royal Jelly may have a protective role in cardiovascular health. A study with normal healthy volunteers demonstrated that royal jelly supplementation influenced lipid metabolism levels by decreasing total cholesterol and LDL (bad cholesterol)10. In a study of patients with mild hypercholesterolemia, Royal Jelly was also found to reduce total cholesterol and LDL levels7. It is thought that the protein component in Royal Jelly may influence blood levels of cholesterol; also the high concentration of 10H2DA in Royal Jelly may regulate lipid metabolism7, 10. Goodhealth Royal Jelly capsules are rich in important nutrients with known pharmacological actions that help support health and wellbeing.
What does Royal Jelly contain?
Each capsule of Goodhealth Royal Jelly contains 600mg fresh royal jelly. The major active ingredient is 10-Hydroxy-trans-2-decenoic acid (10H2DA). Goodhealth Royal Jelly capsules containg no gluten, egg, dairy, wheat, artificial flavours, artificial sweeteners or artificial colours.
Royal Jelly for health and wellbeing
Goodhealth Royal Jelly capsules are a nutrient rich functional food that in nature supports the growth, development and extended life span of the queen bee. Royal Jelly has been used in traditional medicine for thousands of years and plays a key role in traditional Chinese medicine. A range of pharmacological and biological actions have been associated with taking Royal Jelly, including antiiflammatory, antibacterial, immunomodulating and cardioprotective, by influencing lipid metabolism and lowering blood cholesterol. These properties are thought to support the immune system, improve low energy, boost vitality, and promote healthy skin and cardiovascular health. Royal Jelly is rich in B vitamins that play an important role in cell metabolism by conversion of organic materials, like carbohydrates, into energy. They are also involved synthesis and repair of proteins, which contributes to maintaining healthy skin and muscle tone, a healthy immune and nervous system, and producing red blood cells. There are also several bioactive components of Royal Jelly that are thought to contribute to it health promoting properties. These include 10-Hydroxy-trans-2-decenoic acid (10H2DA), an unsaturated fatty acid with known pharmacological properties and also several major proteins identified in Royal Jelly. Clinical studies support the possible benefits of Royal Jelly supplementation for certain health benefits, including cardiovascular health and immune function.
What are the side effects of Royal Jelly?
The most commonly reported side effects when taking Royal Jelly capsules are allergic reaction relating to allergy to bees. Royal Jelly may cause severe allergic reactions in some people, especially those with asthma and allergy.
When should Royal Jelly not be used?
You should not use Royal Jelly if you:
- are allergic to bees or any bee products or any ingredients in Royal Jelly
- are pregnant or are breastfeeding
- have asthma, this may be exacerbated by a reaction to bee products
- are taking medicines that interact with Royal Jelly, including warfarin as Royal Jelly may increase bleeding; also insulin, which may have increased activity due to Royal Jelly
How should Royal Jelly be taken?
You should take one capsule of your Goodhealth Royal Jelly daily as recommended by your health professional. You should continue to take your Royal Jelly capsules for as long as recommended by your health professional provided you do not have any allergies or adverse reactions.
How long should you take Royal Jelly?
You should continue to take your Royal Jelly capsules for as long as recommended by your health professional provided you do not have any allergies or adverse reactions.
Missed dose of Royal Jelly
If you miss a dose of Goodhealth Royal Jelly take it as soon as you remember, unless it is time to take the next dose, then skip the missed dose. Do not take a double dose.
How should Royal Jelly be stored?
You should store your Goodhealth Royal Jelly below 25°C in a cool dry place.
- Ji T, Liu Z, Shen J, Shen F, Liang Q, Wu L, Chen G, Corona M. Proteomics analysis reveals protein expression differences for hypopharyngeal gland activity in the honeybee, Apis mellifera carnica Pollmann. BMC Genomics 2014 Aug 8;15:665
- Viuda-Martos M, Ruiz-Navajas Y, Fernández-López J, Pérez-Alvarez JA. Functional properties of honey, propolis, and royal jelly. J Food Sci 2008 Nov;73(9):R117-24.
- Li X, Huang C, Xue Y. Contribution of lipids in honeybee (Apis mellifera) royal jelly to health. J Med Food 2013 Feb;16(2):96-102
- Sugiyama T, Takahashi K, Mori H. Royal jelly acid, 10-hydroxy-trans-2-decenoic acid, as a modulator of the innate immune responses. Endocr Metab Immune Disord Drug Targets 2012 Dec;12(4):368-76.
- Chen YF, Wang K, Zhang YZ, Zheng YF, Hu FL. In Vitro Anti-Inflammatory Effects of Three Fatty Acids from Royal Jelly. Mediators Inflamm 2016;2016:3583684.
- Fratini F, Cilia G, Mancini S, Felicioli A. Royal Jelly: An ancient remedy with remarkable antibacterial properties. Microbiol Res 2016 Nov;192:130-41.
- Chiu HF, Chen BK, Lu YY, Han YC, Shen YC, et al Hypocholesterolemic efficacy of royal jelly in healthy mild hypercholesterolemic adults. Pharm Biol 2017 Dec;55(1):497-502.
- Guo H, Kouzuma Y, Yunekura M (2009). Structures and properties of antioxidative peptides derived from royal jelly protein. Food Chemistr, 113: 234-45
- Rafat N, Monfared AS, Shahidi M, Pourfallah TA. The modulating effect of royal jelly consumption against radiation-induced apoptosis in human peripheral blood leukocytes. J Med Phys 2016 Jan-Mar;41(1):52-7.
- Guo H, Saiga A, Sato M, Miyazawa I, Shibata M, Takahata Y, Morimatsu F. Royal jelly supplementation improves lipoprotein metabolism in humans. J Nutr Sci Vitaminol (Tokyo) 2007 Aug;53(4):345-8.