Royal jelly, a substance secreted by bees and fed to larvae, has traditionally been used to heal wounds. Now, scientists have discovered the molecule in royal jelly that is responsible for wound-healing.

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13 Aug 2017 16:53 - +2410
Interesting, though there's a major caveat. From the article: "[B]ecause bees are known to collect things like ragweed pollen, these products can trigger allergies, hives, or even anaphylactic shock." "Despite this very interesting finding, slathering royal jelly on your cuts and scrapes is definitely not the takeaway lesson. Not only would rubbing potential allergens into an open wound be a terrible idea, but the concentration of defensin-1 in royal jelly is variable. However, the authors' discovery opens the possibility that this compound could be manufactured as a therapeutic agent."
13 Aug 2017 17:28 - +1774
>The team scrutinized these fractions and identified the molecule responsible: a small protein (i.e., a peptide) called **defensin-1**.
13 Aug 2017 19:03 - +394
TIL that royal jelly is a real thing and not some Futurama gag. Interesting to see if we can make it synthetically.
13 Aug 2017 19:32 - +263
There's a really cool, sinister Roald Dahl story about royal jelly, called Royal Jelly: He wrote a lot of incredible fiction and non fiction for adults.
13 Aug 2017 19:56 - +172
Honestly, it looks like the royal jelly did a much better job at closing the wound than the isolated protein did.
13 Aug 2017 17:03 - +147
13 Aug 2017 19:28 - +57
Maybe I'm missing something here, but they had 3 groups "normal treatment", "royal jelly treatment" and "defensin-1 treatment". They find the "defensin-1 treatment" also works (just like Royal Jelly does), yet they from that conclude that it's (only) due to defensin-1 - not a mix of whatever proteins, molecules or whatever is present in the royal jelly? Point being: Did they check that other molecules present in Royal Jelly does not aid the healing in combination with defensin-1?
13 Aug 2017 19:24 - +55
Just curious, why do the wounds that were not treated with royal jelly seem to close up until day 5 but appears like they're​ reopened wounds on day 7?
13 Aug 2017 20:23 - +16
Ragweed pollen is not collected by bees. Ragweed is wind pollinated and the flowers don't have any visual cues to attract insects.
13 Aug 2017 21:29 - +12
Natural honey contains Glucose Oxidase which is an enzyme that takes glucose and turns it into **Hydrogen Peroxide** a common liquid molecule we use to treat wounds. In fact the main way to tell if honey has antibacterial properties is measure the amount of hydrogen peroxide in the honey, since there is another enzyme in the honey that breaks down the peroxide into oxygen/water. In the presence of this enzyme the honey is noted to lose it's antibacterial effects, isolating hydrogen peroxide. I am quite surprised this hasn't been mentioned throughout the thread/article and I hope this doesn't get buried (it probably will) To prove hydrogen peroxide has antibacterial properties I used it to 'cure' my Seborrheic dermatitis by diluting a small amount in a sugar syrup. Since this condition is caused by a micro bacteria multiplying quickly on the scalp, and that this method cleared it right up. I vouch for hydrogen peroxide.
13 Aug 2017 18:53 - +11
Um, so... how do they get those nice round wounds? Do humans volunteer to be test subjects and have a round of skin chunked off, then slathered with goo?
13 Aug 2017 18:38 - +8
Yeah the link here is a great digest for the journalese of the original article.
13 Aug 2017 20:26 - +6
This article reads 2/3 trying to discredit bee products and 1/3 showing their validity.
13 Aug 2017 22:53 - +6
Dewey Cox would be proud to hear this.
13 Aug 2017 20:39 - +5
This is no ordinary honey!
13 Aug 2017 22:07 - +5
So although royal jelly works, and has been proven to work, don't use it because it's just too granola of a move and you'll look like a dumb hippie… end quote.
13 Aug 2017 23:21 - +4
One spoonful calms you down, two spoonfuls help you sleep, but three spoonfuls, you'll go into a sleep and never wake up! Never!
13 Aug 2017 20:50 - +4
I dont know if anyone has mentioned this in here but we've been using manuka honey to treat chronic non healing wounds for years. the brand im most familiar with medihoney also makes a gel with added silver and i have found that to be a VERY effective treatment when appropriate
13 Aug 2017 22:04 - +3
"Wait. Bees make honey, AND jelly? Why does everything humans make suck? - Philip J. Fry "Futurama"
13 Aug 2017 20:12 - +3
13 Aug 2017 22:12 - +3
So that sketchy guy selling snake oils from his caravan was actually right about this stuff
13 Aug 2017 20:41 - +3
Too bad we're killing all the bees and the wasps in Europe (6 legged kind) have finally had enough too. Oh well.
14 Aug 2017 00:37 - +1
So when can i buy some Medi-Gel?

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