And now onto Royal Jelly:
Royal jelly (RJ) is a milky white substance produced by worker bees in a colony and is used in the nutrition of larvae and adult queen bees. It is made up of digested pollen, raw honey and a chemical secreted from the pharyngeal gland of the worker bee. To appreciate the nutritional value of RJ, you must think about the queen bee. She is significantly larger than the other bees in the colony and she lives WAY longer. The average bee lives about 4 weeks, whereas a queen bee lives approximately 6 years. This disparity is from royal jelly. Queen bees eat it, worker bees don't. Which is why people have been studying the nutritional benefits of this substance. Like honey, more and more people are using royal jelly as a nutritional supplement for canines.
Royal jelly has been used throughout history for the treatment of a variety of ailments, to thwart the aging process and increase energy. Here are some of the many examples of the benefits of RJ:
This substance is PACKED with nutrition:
... and it's POTENT. A little bit goes a long way is regards to dosage. For humans, the recommended dosage is 1/4 -1/2 teaspoon a day! For dogs, it is even smaller! Example: a 60-80 lb dog would get half of the human dosage. The taste is also awful. Most dogs will not like it and owners will have to find creative ways to hide the taste. The most popular way is to sneak it in with a daily dose of honey.
There are also a few warnings: Since royal jelly is so potent, it can be extremely allergenic for dogs that already have seasonal allergies or are allergic to bees. It is best to try just a TINY bit at first to see if there is a reaction. It is also NOT recommended for puppies. It is also highly perishable and requires refrigeration.
As always, consult a nutritional expert (which I am not) before supplementing your dog... and do your own research! Knowledge is power! Here are a few helpful links on Royal Jelly:
- Royal Jelly, Bee Brood: Composition, Health, Medicine: A Review, Bogdanov, Stephan, http://www.bee-hexagon.net/files/file/fileE/Health/RJBookReview.pdf
- Pharmacological Activities of Royal Jelly, Soby, Eman A., Tailang, Mukul, Hasan, Ali M., Patil, U.K., http://www.ijrapronline.com/issues1/Patil_IJRAPR.pdf
- Canine Nutrigenomics: The New Science of Feeding Your Dog For Optimum Health, Dodds, Jean W. DVM, Laverdure, Diana, https://books.google.com/books?id=nXfVBgAAQBAJ&pg=PT50&lpg=PT50&dq=Royal+Jelly+for+canines&source=bl&ots=VB9hRm5mOs&sig=Qmcs_-x4j8zXxkdpEljudAZoWRw&hl=en&sa=X&ei=h-UxVebxGZGooQSVkIGYBQ&ved=0CFcQ6AEwBTgK#v=onepage&q=Royal%20Jelly%20for%20canines&f=false
- Royal Jelly, WebMD, http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-503-royal%20jelly.aspx?activeingredientid=503&activeingredientname=royal%20jelly
- Bee Products Have a Special Meaning For Dogs, The Whole Dog Journal, http://www.whole-dog-journal.com/issues/10_9/features/Bee-Honey-Products-Help-Canines_15967-1.html?pg=2