What is Royal Jelly?

Royal jelly is a source of dense nutrition reserved by the bees only for their queens. The entire hive is dependent upon the queen; she lays up to 2,000 eggs daily, a monumental task for such a tiny creature. Thus, she must receive intensive nutritional support: amino acids, fatty acids, steroids, hormones, vitamins, and minerals, all of which are provided by royal jelly. The queen lives up to six years, while a worker bee lives six weeks.  This means that the queen lives over 35 times longer than her workers. Both the queen and the workers, which are also females, begin as identical bee eggs. Royal jelly is the only thing which makes the difference. It induces a metamorphosis. What's more, it is exclusively royal jelly that is responsible for the queen's unique physiology, long life, physical power, and immense fertility.

It seems incredible that this nutritionally rich substance can actually convert a simple worker bee into a queen. Obviously, it is a magic elixir. No other substance is capable of such a phenomenal biological transformation.

For humans, taking royal jelly is a positive experience. If you take it regularly, expect to be transformed.

Only royal jelly can transform a worker into a queen. Numerous attempts have been made to synthesize it. The synthetic product, when fed to the bees, produces no results; the bees usually die. Only bees can correctly compose it. Humans will never be able to duplicate it.

Royal jelly is synthesized by bees and, like honey, is completely edible. In fact, all of the productions of bees are edible: propolis, royal jelly, bee pollen, and honey. Even the wax is partially digestible. Bee products have been used as food, as well as medicine, for thousands of years. They can be consumed in large quantities safely and with numerous benefits. Modern humanity has yet to utilize these products to their optimal potential. Royal jelly is perhaps the least utilized of all of these products.          .

Some authors have described royal jelly as "mysterious" or as a "gift fit for royalty" or the "elite".  The fact is it is one of the most nutrient dense substances known. It is completely pure and nutritious- and this is what largely accounts for its medicinal powers. Royal jell contains virtually everything the body needs for optimal health as well as for combating disease. Rather than induce some sort of unexplainable miracle, royal jelly aggressively nourishes cells, helping them to rebuild themselves. Few if any other foods meet this description.

The apparently mysterious actions of royal jelly are readily explained by its ingredients. For instance, it is one of the few hormone-rich foods. The hormones it contains are completely safe to ingest. Hormones are known to exert profound actions on human cells. It is listed as the richest source of certain vitamins, notably pantothenic acid, riboflavin, and biotin. It is an excellent source of amino acids, far superior to milk or eggs. Royal jelly is the only significant source of acetylcholine, an important neurotransmitter. Acetylcholine is needed for the transmission of nerve impulses throughout the brain and spinal cord. It contains other rare substances, like immunoglobulins, which are found in no other foods. A rare type of structural protein, a collagen-like substance, is also found in it. The latter is thought to account for its beautifying powers. The fact is no other substance matches its density of cellular and body­building components. This is why it can prove valuable for virtually everyone, because there is no such thing as perfect health. A universal tonic, like royal jelly, is likely to produce universal results, that is health improvement in virtually anyone who tries it. Royal Jelly FAQs

Dr. Cass Ingram


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