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What are the benefits of royal honey jelly?

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As of 2015, there is little scientific evidence to support the benefits of royal jelly, notes WebMD. However, royal jelly is used in supplement form to enhance immunity and boost hair and nail growth, explains Drugs.com. Proponents such as Angela Van Alten for BeePollenBuzz.com claim royal jelly has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and is used in wound healing. Although royal jelly is a bee secretion, it is not honey.

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Produced by worker bees to nourish larvae as well as adult queen bees, royal jelly is a milky secretion used in a variety of healthy supplements, according to WebMD. Royal jelly is used for everything from asthma, hay fever, liver disease, pancreatitis, insomnia and premenstrual syndrome to stomach ulcers and skin disorders. It is also used as an antibiotic and anti-tumor agent.

Studies in the pharmacological department of Nihon University in Japan have determined royal jelly aids wound healing and is therefore beneficial to skin health, reports Alten. The same source notes that scientists at Hayashibara Biomedical Laboratories in Japan found royal jelly suppresses inflammatory compounds in the body, concluding that royal jelly supplements fight inflammation.

Liver health is also a benefit of royal jelly, explains Alten. In studies with mice, scientists at the University of Erciyes in Turkey found royal jelly functions as a liver protective agent. Again in Japan, scientists at Gifu Pharmaceutical University concluded that royal jelly enhances brain functioning. In tests in which rats were fed toxic compounds to kill off brain cells, and then royal jelly, the rats displayed remarkable recovery.

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