The queen bee consumes royal jelly throughout her life, unlike workers who only receive this special food in the first 3 days of their larval age. The many special nutrients and hormones in royal jelly allow the queen bee to be fertile, to grow 3-4 times larger than workers, and, unlike workers few-month lifetime, to live for years.
Based on this, royal jelly was already regularly consumed by ancient Egyptian pharaohs and Roman emperors in the hope of a long and healthy, fertile life, and its popularity is unbroken to this day.
Since the queen bee consumes only royal jelly, it contains all the necessary nutrients. It has 12-13% protein content, most of which are special protein, which is found only in royal jelly. It contains many lipids, fatty acids, amino acids, trace elements and vitamins, which are also essential for the human body, especially B vitamins, not to mention steroid hormones. Antioxidant content is also high, due to the flavonoids and the ferulic acid.
What you should pay attention to
However, there are a few things to keep in mind when using formulations containing royal jelly, be it a dietary supplement or a cosmetic that can be applied to the skin. Whoever is sensitive or allergic to any bee-derived product, e.g. to honey, royal jelly can cause an allergic reaction, which can even be severe.
Another aspect is quality: the quality of royal jelly formulations is highly dependent on collection and manufacturing technology. As it contains many degradable but valuable active ingredients, it should be stored in a refrigerated room or freezer as soon as possible after collection until further processing. Related to this, in the case of soft capsule products, royal jelly is in liquid form, so the active ingredients can be damaged more quickly.
Soft capsules often contain a preservative, so it is worth checking before you buy. In contrast to soft capsules, dried or even better freeze-dried (lyophilized) royal jelly is able to retain its quality and active ingredients for longer. It is typically sold in the form of tablets or capsules.
Another aspect is the royal jelly volume of the products. In its natural form, royal jelly contains 2/3 of water, so dried royal jelly is more concentrated, so many products labeled with how much royal jelly originally corresponds to the given weight.