Royal Jelly (Vitamin B Complex)
NOTE: do not use this active if you are allergic to bees.
Royal jelly is a thick and milky secretion from the hypopharyngeal and mandibular glands of young worker bees (apis mellifera L.) and is used to feed the larvae. The queen honey bee is fed royal jelly throughout the larval period, while nurse honeybees are fed royal jelly for only 3 days.
Royal jelly contains a variety of proteins, amino acids, organic acids, steroids, esters, phenols, sugars, minerals, and vitamins. Vitamins of the group B (pantothenic acid and pyridoxine) plus proteins, trace minerals and other goodies may have made a difference when vitamins were not readily available and may be the reason why royal jelly has so many traditional uses. A fatty acid present in royal jelly, 10-hydroxy-2-decenoic acid (10-HDA), increases hydration, replenishes the skin and reduces redness and irritation.