Royal jelly is a thick, milky substance produced by worker bees to feed the queen bee. The worker bees mix honey and bee pollen with enzymes in the glands of their throats to produce royal jelly.
What it does
Royal jelly contains nectar, sugar, proteins and various vitamins. It is thought to be anti-bacterial in action and may support the immune system and wound healing.
It has a reputation as a general tonic and is believed to be beneficial for anyone suffering from stress or depression, helping increase mental awareness, sufferers of poor digestion, promoting healthy skin and tissue and can help problems with skin disorders such as psoriasis, eczema and acne. Royal Jelly is also thought to help relieve PMT, water retention and problems caused by the menopause.
If you are allergic to bee products it is best not to take royal jelly.
At the time of writing there were no well known negative drug interactions with royal jelly.
Generally, there are no side effects or contra-indications from using royal jelly.