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Spotlight On: Royal Jelly

Posted Jul 26 2008 10:07am

One of the newest ingredients to hit the mainstream market is royal jelly. A honeybee secretion produced by young worker bees, royal jelly has recently gained popularity due to claims that the ingredient isvery hydratingand may demonstrate some antioxidant activity.  According to theJournal of Biological Chemistry, the active extract in royal jelly, royalisin, may further demonstrate some antibacterial activity, and the journalInternational Immunopharmacologyreports that royal jelly may inhibit atopic dermatitis-like lesions, at least in mice.  Yet the most promising claim about royal jelly is thatits use may stimulate collagen production by fibroblasts, as suggested by a study published inBioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistryin 2004.

Still, the substantiated claims about royal jelly are relatively few, and there are some risks involved.  According toDr. Stephen Barrett, M.D., author of Quackwatch.com,“…royal jelly should be regarded as potentially dangerous because they cause allergic reactions. People allergic to specific pollens have developed asthma, hives, and anaphylactic shock after ingesting pollen or royal jelly…”Therefore, if you have a known allergy to bee stings, please do not try products containing bee pollen or royal jelly.  Furthermore, even if you do not have a known allergy,

Overall, royal jelly products appear to have some promise, but don’t be drawn into all the hype just yet.  If you want to try the craze, I recommendL’Oreal Vive Pro Hydra Gloss Moisturizing Conditioner($4.99, Walgreens.com).

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