by Angela Van Alten, Nutritionist and Beekeeper's Daughter
A recent study now suggests using royal jelly for colitis, a painful and hugely disruptive inflammatory bowel disease. Colitis and other conditions of the G.I. tract like Crohn's Disease and Irritable Bowel Syndrome are becoming more and more common today due to the increased consumption of processed, refined foods and exposure to toxins in the environment.
Standard medical treatment for any inflammatory conditions of the bowel or large intestine is limited to either anti-inflammatory's or steroids, both of which have undesirable side effects and provide virtually no hope for the elimination of the condition. They merely attempt to manage the symptoms. Natural, alternative treatments are badly needed as this condition is expected to increase in numbers over the coming years as more and more processed, refined foods are consumed around the world.
This study investigated the effects of royal jelly on colitis in rats.
Twenty rats were divided into several treatment groups of 5 animals each. The group of rats without colitis was given Royal Jelly orally (150 mg per kg of body weight). Another group, which had colitis, was treated orally with Royal Jelly (150 mg per kilogram of body weight) for 4 weeks.
What the researchers found was that Royal Jelly protected the mucosa (the delicate lining of the colon) by limiting the effects of the acidic substance they administered to the rats to their digestive tracts. What is interesting about this is that many of the highly refined foods we consume are acidic in nature and cause similar damage to our intestinal tracts.
Royal Jelly also protected against 'erosion' of the colon cells. Over time, an unhealthy diet will literally wipe out the lining of your gut and bowels, leading to colitis and IBS. Royal Jelly slowed this process down and literally protected the gut and bowel from this occurring.
With the doses used in this study, a 140 pound human would need to take approximately 10 grams of royal jelly per day to achieve similar results. This would equate to 2 teaspoons of a freeze dried Royal Jelly powder or 2 tablespoons of fresh Royal Jelly.
European Journal of Histochemistry, October 2010.