Royal jelly and DiabetesRoyal jelly and Diabetes
Worker bees secrete royal jelly, which is rich in major nutrients, vitamins, and minerals. In this study, 46 men and women with type 2 diabetes for five to 10 years took a placebo or 1,000 mg of royal jelly three times per day.
After eight weeks, those in the royal jelly group saw a 25 percent decrease in a measure of insulin resistance, HOMA-IR, while insulin resistance increased 21.7 percent for placebo. HOMA-IR measures the function of specialized cells in the pancreas that produce insulin, and gauges insulin resistance-when muscle, fat, and liver cells do not respond normally to insulin, and absorb less glucose from the bloodstream.
Type 2 diabetes also has a link to oxidative stress, and total antioxidant capacity increased 5.7 percent for those taking royal jelly while decreasing 3.6 percent for placebo.
Reference: Iranian Journal of Public Health; 2015, Vol. 44, No. 6, 797-803