Would you be surprised to learn a worker honey bee and the Queen honey bee can both come from the same identical egg?
The only difference in whether a fertilized egg develops into a worker bee versus a Queen is the food it is fed during development.
If the hive requires a new Queen, a fertilized egg will be placed into a larger queen cell either by the current queen or by the worker bees. Then, the special feeding begins!
An egg which is required to develop into a Queen is fed a diet of Royal Jelly, nothing else. This causes that egg to develop faster, and bigger - with the full reproductive capabilities that only the Queen honey bee has.
The Queen bee will remain on her strict Royal Jelly diet for the rest of her life - living 30-40 times longer than any other honey bee in the hive and capable of laying upwards of 2,000 eggs per day. Clearly, there's something magical about Royal Jelly!
What exactly is Royal Jelly?
Royal Jelly is produced from glands in the heads of young worker bees, and closely resembles plain yogurt or custard.
As it is produced, the worker bees will either feed it to developing eggs (all eggs get a small amount of Royal Jelly in the early development stages) or directly offer it to their Queen as food.
Royal Jelly contains about 18% protein, 15% carbohydrate, 5% lipids, 2% mineral salts, and vitamins together with a large number of bioactive substances as: 10-hydroxy-2-denoic acid (10-HDA), protein, and peptides.
How & why can I take it to supplement my health?
According to medical studies, Royal Jelly can significantly lower Cholesterol. Health Canada recommends up to 4 capsules 3 times a day to help lower cholesterol.
Studies have also shown Royal Jelly to aid in cell regeneration, including stimulating collagen production in our skin which can diminish the signs of ageing. Royal Jelly may also be an aid for stress & depression and balancing estrogen levels in women.
At Planet Bee, we offer a great selection of high-potency Royal Jelly products such as fresh frozen, freeze dried powder, capsules, lotions, and honey with Royal Jelly. Click here for a complete catalogue of our products containing Royal Jelly.