Royal Jelly is a thick milky substance created when honey and pollen are combined and refined within the body of the young nurse bees.
It contains all of the B complex vitamins including a high concentration of pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), and vitamin B6 (pyridoxince), and is the only natural source of pure acetylcholine (involved in transmitting nerve impulses). Royal Jelly also contains minerals, enzymes, hormones, 18 amino acids, antibacterial and antibiotic components plus vitamins A, C, D, and E.
Royal Jelly is said to have a rejuvenating effect. It has been found helpful for menopausal problems, fatigue and depression, bronchial asthma, liver disease, pancreatitis, insomnia, stomach ulcers, kidney disease, bone fractures and skin disorders and strengthens the immune system.
It should be combined with honey to preserve its potency for it spoils easily.
Pollen is a highly complex substance and originates from the male element of the flower as a fine powder. It appears on the stamens and is carried by the bees in cross-pollination so that flowers can produce fruit and seed. Honey-gathering bees collect pollen to give to their larvae and in a year a hive will gather between 30 and 40 kg. A beekeeper can take around 10% of this without disturbing the hive.
Pollen contains up to 21 different amino acids (building blocks of protein) and all known vitamins (except B12) plus carbohydrates and lecithin. It also contains the minerals sodium, magnesium, calcium, iron, copper, zinc, mangenese, silica, phosphorus, sulphur and rutin which helps to strengthen the capillaries (fine blood vessels). It is antibiotic, and has a benefical effect on intestinal flora.
It is believed that the combination of these very small amounts of helpful substances working together which produces its well-known benefical effects on health. There are many reports of its tonic effect on nerves and muscles, and sportsmen take it to improve stamina. It has also been found to be helpful to women suffering from menstrual and menopausal problems, the anaemic, weak and sickly children and elderly people who are lacking in energy and in a confused state.