Honey is widely celebrated as a high nutritional substance throughout Europe and Asia. Not only it can be consumed directly, its high nutritional value is processed and marketed into a variety of food supplements and cosmetic products. Being the two most common and also the most popular bee products, royal jelly and Manuka honey are savoured by many for its health benefits. But do you really know what are the differences between the two? Did royal jelly and Manuka honey share the same nutritional values or they are not?
The differences are summarised:
#1 Royal jelly is not made from pollen while Manuka honey is.
As the name tells, royal jelly is not honey; thus it is not made from the pollen. Royal jelly, also known as the bee milk, is a milky-white secretion produced by worker honey bees for the exclusive development of a queen honey bee.
In contrast, Manuka honey is made from the pollen of Manuka tree which grows only in New Zealand.
#2 Royal jelly and Manuka honey do not have the same nutritional value.
Royal jelly is consumed widely to increase the immune system and is known for its anti-aging effect. However, the benefits of royal jelly are still very much a debatable subject because of the limited and lack of support from scientific information. While some claim that royal jelly is good for enhancing the male testosterone hormone, others propose that royal jelly helps in regulating a normal menstrual cycle. Thus, it depends on one to believe in the benefits brought by royal jelly before significant scientific data is confirmed.
On the other hand, Manuka honey is scientifically proven to contain exceptional potent anti-bacterial properties – the Unique Manuka Factor (UMF) – that makes Manuka honey an alternate medicine for stomach upset or wounds. However, it is to be note that not all Manuka honey contains UMF and thus genuine UMF-Manuka honey will be verified and licensed. Manuka honey with high UMF rating is proposed in treating methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), a mutant strain of bacteria Staphylococcus aureus which fails to be killed by regular antibiotics.