Most people have probably never heard of Apilarnil. The name Apilarnil comes from “api” meaning “bee”, “lar” for “larva”, and “nil” an abbreviated form from its discoverer, Nicholas Iliesiu. It looks similar to royal jelly, and has a milky, yellowish gray color and a bitter taste.

It is made exclusively from drone larvae. Many beekeepers consider drone larvae to be a waste product. However, in some countries they use it to fight Varroa mites. This is a debilitating parasite of the honeybee causing loss of honey production.

How is Apilarnil made?

Apilarnil is often compared to royal jelly. However, it is made from the male larvae found in the honeycomb cells. The male cell contains a mixture of 3% royal jelly, pollen, and honey as food for the larvae. The actual larvae occupies 97% of the cell. 

On day 7, the larvae is fully developed and has reached its full potential and the maximum amount of energy. At this stage it also has the highest number of sexual cells (ca. 10 million sperms). To reach the highest level of potency Apilarnil must be made at this stage of the development.

It contains highly concentrated nutritive elements including fat body protein, lipids and carbohydrates, such as glycogen and carbohydrates. All these elements play an important role in the metabolic process. It also contains a significant amount of haemolymph. This is the circulatory fluid of invertebrate animals similar to the blood and lymph of vertebrate. It is a lot richer in nutrients and energy compared to other insects or animals, including human blood. 

Did you know that bee larvae contains 9 times more magnesium than human blood? Human blood contains more glucose, bee blood contains greater levels of phosphorus and carbohydrates from fructose.

The larvae is cut up and freeze dried in a process called Lyophilization. In this process, water is removed from a product after it is frozen, and placed under a vacuum. It allows the ice to change directly from a solid state to vapor without passing through a liquid phase. In simple terms, it removes moisture from the cells of the drone larvae while the larvae remains frozen.

Chemical Composition

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Apilarnial is a biological active product that contains a complex mixture of vitamins and minerals, sugars, fatty acids, androgenic hormones (testosterone, progesterone and estradiol). 

It contains calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, mangaese, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, and zinc as well we Vitamin A, B1, B6, PP, Beta-catorene, Provitamin A, and choline.

The amino acids (arginine, alanine, glycine, histidine, isoleucine, lysine methionine, phenylalanine, spargic acid, tronina serine, tyrosine, and valine) are what makes apilarnil so special because they contain some amino acids that cannot be synthesized by humans or other animals. 

Health Benefits

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Apilarnil is a relatively new bee product with various important benefits for humans. It contains a high amount of androgenic hormones, i.e. testosterone, progesterone and estradiol. For this reason, it sometimes referred to as a ¨Men´s product¨, as it it can help to increase libido and sperm count in men, and is often used by body builders as a substitute for growth hormones. 

Although there is still a lot more research to be done, studies have demonstrated that Apilarnil has a curative effect in treating urgent global health problems, such as ovarian dysfunction in women and male infertility, thyroid and immunity disorders, as well as malnutrition in children.

Apilarnil has been shown to boost the immune system, and it is also thought to have anti-cancer properties, help with premenstrual syndrome (PMS), hormonal problems, stress related pain, and appears to reduce liver damage. In addition it can be used to treat respiratory viruses, enuresis (involuntary urination), and a variety of skin conditions, including acne. Apilarnil is also being studied for its potential use in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Scientists also believe that Apilarnil has an alternative therapeutic potential in sepsis.

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