Royal Jelly is a "thick milky" substance that worker bees produce to feed the larva of workers bees for the first 3 days. Worker bees are fed a mixture of pollen and honey after the 3 days of Royal Jelly. However, the larva which the workers have selected to develop into Queens are continued to be fed Royal Jelly by worker bees for 10 days. The abundance of Royal Jelly is what makes the larva become a Queen. Queen bees are made from the same kind of egg that makes a worker, but the egg fed more Royal Jelly produces a Queen. It is the Royal Jelly that makes a Queen a Queen.
The Queen Bee is about 45% longer and 60% heavier than the normal worker bee. She can lay up to 2,000 eggs a day in the peak of the season, which all together weigh approximately 2 ½ times her own body weight. The Queen only leaves her hive to mate in the air or to leave with a swarm. The Queen can live up to 6 years but in most cases, she becomes nonproductive by the 4th year and the workers then replace her by producing a new queen. Most beekeepers, however, replace the queen by the 3rd year or sooner to keep the hive strong.
Royal Jelly users claim it offers many benefits and acts as an Anti-Aging Agent, Hormonal Stimulant, Energy Enhancer, Natural Anti-Depressant, and Cholesterol Controller. Nature has provided many nutritious substances to help nourish our bodies and Royal Jelly is one of them! It contains trace amounts of many nutritious compounds.
Freeze-dried Royal Jelly
Durham’s Bee Farm offers Royal Jelly in a freeze-dried form. This powder extract is by far the most popular form of Royal Jelly and is what our capsules contain. Freeze drying the Royal Jelly removes all the moisture content, however, no nutritional value is lost in this process. Whether you purchase this product from Durham's Bee Farm or another source, we strongly recommend buying freeze-dried Royal Jelly.
A cheaper method of producing the Royal Jelly is to use a spray-dry method instead of freeze-drying. This method involves diluting down the Royal Jelly and spraying it to achieve a dried product. This method requires that a food preservative be added, and for this reason freeze-dried is superior.
There are Royal Jelly providers (non-beekeepers) that promote their product because honey is added to it. Although bacteria cannot grow in honey, it does not serve as a food preservative. Even if the spray-dried Royal Jelly contains honey, it should still contain a food preservative.
Freeze-Dried Royal Jelly is fresh Royal jelly with the water removed. Freeze-dried Royal Jelly contains 100% of the original nutrients, maintaining its full strength and providing you a wonderful product that is very stable. Freeze-Dried Royal Jelly has a long shelf life, giving you the flexibility to take it with you on a trip or leave at the office without refrigeration.