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A food given by young nurse bees to bee larvae to cause them to become queen bees - they are then able to lay eggs and reproduce. It's produced by them from pollen and honey.
Royal jelly contains the B vitamins, and is particularly rich in pantothenic acid, the B vitamin that relieves stress and promotes fertility and healthy reproduction.
Royal jelly also contains vitamins A, C, D and E, together with minerals, hormones ands a vast number of amino acids.
It's known to strengthen the immune system and help conditions such as kidney and liver disease and low sex drive.
Royal jelly spoils easily, so is generally blended with honey, or sold in capsules. It's best kept refrigerated and taken on an empty stomach. See'Amino acids'; 'Alternative Medicine';