PHYSICO-CHEMICAL COMPOSITION OF APILARNIL (BEE DRONE LARVAE)
Lavinia-Ioana Bărnuţiu, L.Al. Mărghitaş, D. Dezmirean, Otilia Bobiş, Cristina Mihai, Crenguţa Pavel
This paper contains a summary about chemical composition of apilarnil (drone bee larvae), determining moisture, ash, free acidity, total protein and sugars content. Apilarnil is widely used in commercial medical products and cosmetics in many countries. The composition of apilarnil is quite complex and is not detailed in the literature. Seven samples of apilarnil were analyzed and compared with literature data regarding the physico-chemical parameters. This preliminary study presents a basic battery of tests for quality of apilarnil, which may be used as food supplement or in other domains.
Key words: apilarnil, carbohydrates, proteins, ash