Royal Jelly…Hmm, Hmm, Good!
How is it that the Queen Bee in a hive is an average of 42% larger in size and weighs a whopping 60% more than the Worker Bees? And how is it that she, this “giant” bee, lives 40 times longer than her Worker Bee daughters—SEVEN YEARS, as compared to SEVEN WEEKS?
The answer: Royal Jelly, my friends!
Queen bees are made, not born, and their feeding with Royal Jelly is the key to that process. Royal Jelly is a thick, creamy white, supremely nutritious liquid secreted by the hypo-pharryngeal glands of the “nurse bees”. Without this special food, Queens would fail to develop properly, stifling their ability to create and sustain a healthy brood. Oh, and by the way, in the wild, this big girl will produce 2,000 eggs per day with each day’s brood equal to 2 ½ times her own body weight!
You go, girl!
Now, let’s talk about WHAT’S IN Royal Jelly. For starters, Royal Jelly contains an excellent source of nutrients. Biochemically speaking, it is very complex. It is a very rich source of protein and contains eight essential amino acids, vital fatty acids, sugars, sterols and phosphorous compounds, as well as acetylcholine, which is crucial in transmitting messages from cell to cell. It contains gamma globulin, known to stimulate the immune system and fight off infections.
Moving along, it’s no surprise that the vitamin content in Royal Jelly is abundant. Let’s just see what we’ve got here: vitamins A, B-complex (B1, B2, B6, B12, biotin, folic acid, and inositol), C, D, and E..oh, and lest we forget, the B vitamin pantothenic acid, recognized for its ability to reduce stress levels—let’s face it, one can only imagine the stress Queeny endures in order to produce 2,000 eggs per day!
A little side note: I love irony. Do you think the fact that Royal Jelly contains all the essential “B(ee)” vitamins is a coincidence? I think not!
Now for the icing on the Royal Jelly cake: this milky white, creamy goodness also supplies the minerals calcium, copper, iron, phosphorous, potassium, silicon and sulfur!
Nature is perfect. Bees are perfect. Let’s keep them around. Namaste!