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Royal jelly

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Royal jelly is a type of bee secretion that aids in the development of immature or young bees. It is secreted by the heads of young workers and used to feed the young until they develop to the desired rank. If a queen is desired, the hatchling will receive much more royal jelly than other infant bees, in order that she will become sexually mature and have the fully developed ovaries needed to lay more eggs for the hive.

People collect royal jelly for a nutritional supplement. It contains all of the B-complex vitamins, including a high concentration of pantothenic acid (vitamin B5) and vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), and is the only natural source of pure acetylcholine. Royal jelly also contains minerals, enzymes, hormones, eighteen amino acids, antibacterial and antibiotic components, and vitamins A, C, D and E.

This product must be combined with honey for preservation, as it spoils easily. It should be kept refrigerated and tightly sealed.

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