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What is royal jelly used for? In addition to previous research linking royal jelly and fertility, a new study in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology ties royal jelly consumption to improved spatial memory and concentration.

Royal jelly is not only a short story by Roald Dahl, but also a secretion honeybees produce from glands in their heads. Considered a superfood that is extremely rich in nutrients, it contains proteins (12%), sugar (11%), and a high quantity of vitamins B3, B5, B6, PP, and H. It is also one of the best natural sources of vitamin B5, as well as amino acids, minerals (calcium, iron, copper, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, silicon, sulphur, and more. It’s fed to larvae, soon-to-be queens, and adult queens.

Let’s put it this way, royal jelly packs enough energy and magic to transform a worker bee into a longer more elongated queen.

When worker bees decide to make a new queen, because the old one is either weakening or dead, they choose several small larvae and feed them with copious amounts of royal jelly in specially constructed queen cells. This type of feeding triggers the development of queen morphology, including the fully developed ovaries needed to lay eggs. Queens differ from worker bees, which are asexual and have underdeveloped ovaries.

Royal jelly has been used since ancient times to promote longevity, restore vitality, and protect the immune system.
What is royal jelly used for? Royal jelly and fertility!

Royal Jelly May Be Used For Preserving Memory Lane 

The Medical University of Warsaw study focused specifically on how Greek royal jelly affected the memory and concentration of brain neurotransmitters in older Wistar rats. Over a two-month period, researchers fed two groups of 18-month-old male rats 50 milligrams and 100 milligrams, respectively, of powdered royal jelly; a third, control group received no royal jelly.

Scientists then assessed the rats’ performance in a Morris water maze and found the rats fed 50 milligrams of royal jelly displayed a statistically significant improvement over other groups in their ability to locate the maze’s hidden platform.

A Morris water maze is a standard behavioral-neuroscience test in which rodent subjects are placed in a pool of water where they must find a submerged platform using spatial memory alone.
What is royal jelly used for? Royal jelly and fertility!
Based on the results of their research, the study’s co-authors suggested royal jelly could be a viable, “non-toxic, natural” treatment for human memory disorders like Alzheimer’s disease.

“Our results contribute toward validation of the traditional use of (royal jelly) in promoting a better quality of life in old age,” the researchers wrote, referring to the longstanding use of royal jelly in European and Asian folk medicine as a memory curative for the elderly.

Visit ScienceDirect.com to read the entire royal jelly study.

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