Besides honey, busy bees create a substance called royal jelly, which is rich in protein, vitamins, minerals and amino acids. Royal jelly is fed to all larvae for the first three days of life, but is then fed exclusively to "lucky ones" chosen to become queen bees, so they grow larger and stronger, and live longer (up to four years!), than the others.
Because of this powerful effect, it's believed that royal jelly may also benefit human health. It's regarded as a superfood, delivering all the B-complex vitamins, as well as vitamins A, C, D and E, plus calcium, iron, potassium and other minerals. Royal jelly may help boost immunity, promote speedy recovery from wounds and enhance energy and vitality.
Royal jelly is also added to hair and skin care products for softening, smoothing and strengthening effects.