Starting to look for Christmas presents for an aging parent or friend? I have an idea for you!
Do you know what the queen honeybee eats?
It’s something that the nurse worker bees who take care of her produce from their glands - specifically for her: Royal Jelly.
The make up of Royal Jelly is truly astounding and has all kinds of health benefits. But one recent study zeroed in on its use for cognitive aging and Alzheimer’s disease. There is still a lot more research that needs to be done in this area, but pre-clinical studies have shown much promise!
What they found in this review was that Royal Jelly “has a potential to recover cognitive deficits and increase glial and neuronal cell survival in experimental models of advanced aging and Alzheimer’s Disease. Royal Jelly demonstrates neuroprotection against Aβ and tau pathologies via enhancement of the antioxidant system, suppression of inflammation, augmentation of neurotrophin production and synaptic signal transduction, all of which promote healthy neuronal structure and function.” Of course this cannot be the only treatment used. The article discusses the disappointing drug options for these conditions as well as the benefits of addressing the microbiome, oxidative stress, inflammation, and metabolic dysregulations in the cases of cognitive aging. This is just a snapshot of the paper but you can read all the details at the reference cited below.
And perhaps Royal Jelly could prove to be a solid addition to someone’s Christmas list!
Amira Mohammed Ali and Hiroshi Kunugi (Sept 2020). Royal Jelly as an Intelligent Anti-Aging Agent – A Focus on Cognitive Aging and Alzheimer’s Disease: A Review. Antioxidants, 9(10), 937; https://doi.org/10.3390/antiox9100937