Although we are used to the format and composition that can sell us in pharmacies or supermarkets, the real royal jelly has little to do with it.
We could say that what is widely marketed is a kind of substitute for the real one.
To get the real fresh and natural royal jelly, you will have to go either to trusted shops of natural products or to stores with exclusive sale of products related to bees.
The royal jelly is whitish, with a pomade texture and a rather unpleasant and characteristic flavor.
They should sell it refrigerated and you should keep it refrigerated since it is an easily perishable product.
They sell it in jars that usually oscillate between 30 gr. and 50 gr. although I have seen them up to 1 kg.
Its price also fluctuates but approximately a little jar like the one in the photo can be over €20.
Keep in mind that of the entire work of a beehive for 4 months, only 400 gr. and 600 gr. of this product is obtained.
The dose you should take daily should be about 160 mg/day, which is equivalent to a very small teaspoon.
And now it comes when perhaps someone will be a little apprehensive to know that royal jelly comes from glands located inside the head of worker bees.
Said secretion, in pure state, is the food of the larvae during its first 3 days of life (after this brief period of time they begin to feed them with a concentrate of honey, pollen and water) and that of the queen bee throughout its entire life.
It contains 10 times more protein than cow’s milk and its multiple properties and beneficial effects are more than contrasted.
In fact, worker bees (which curiously possess this substance but never test it again after its larval state) live between 30 and 45 days on average, while the queen bee, that only feeds on royal jelly, comes to live a average of 5 years.
Its composition, in general terms, is as follows: water in 60%, carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, vitamins, minerals, natural antibiotics, hormones and other biologically active substances.
Among the amino acids to be highlighted are leucine, isoleucine, cysteine, arginine, histidine, lysine, valine….
In it we can find all the vitamins from B1 to B12 as well as A, C, D and E.
We also trace elements such as iron, manganese, zinc and cobalt.
Its main use is given as supplementation in the form of restorative.
However, and increasingly, it is used in beauty treatments and big brands already include it in their creams of global marketing.
Some of its other applications are: nutrition disorders, stimulant, antioxidant, regenerative, anti stress, defensive stimulant and cholesterol and sugar reducer.
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