Supplement Check: Royal Jelly
Where does it come from?
A colony of bees has one queen bee. The queen may become mother to a quarter million bees in one season. Two types of eggs are laid by the queen bee, male eggs and females- some sexually immature female eggs who will become worker bees and the others, queen bees. It has been proven that a nutritional difference determines whether a fertile egg is to become a worker or a specialized egg laying bee, queen bee. All female larvae are fed royal jelly 2-3 days after hatching, only the queen bee continues to receive the special royal jelly diet for the remainder of its life. This will enable the queen bee to lay around 250,000 eggs in one season Townsend, G. F., Lucas, C.C. (1940).
There are multiple animal studies that have shown a significant impact on royal jelly and fertility success.
Composition of Royal Jelly
Royal jelly is a complex compound of water (50-60%), protein (18%), carbohydrates (15%), lipids (3-6%), trace minerals, water soluble vitamins, free amino acids and other compounds.
Egg Quality and Hormonal Imbalance
A study was conducted using 32 female rats divided into four groups: three experimental and one control. The experimental groups received 100, 200 and 400 mg/kg/body weight doses of Royal Jelly daily for 14 days, and the control group received 0.5 ml distilled water. The results showed that rats in the Royal Jelly consuming groups had increased levels of estradiol and progesterone, increased uterine and ovarian weights, as well as a significant increase in mature follicles (eggs) and corpora lutea (more than one corpus luteum). Serum antioxidant levels were increased Elham Ghanbari, M.Sc, (2018). This may indicate that Royal Jelly promotes egg quality and may help with fertility issues that are related to hormonal imbalance.
Estrogen and Uterine Lining
A study done in Japan showed that Royal Jelly has the inclination to mimic human estrogen, similar to that of plant phytoestrogens Kazu-Michi Suzuki, (2007). Estrogen is essential for healthy bone formation and gene expression, and is vital for a healthy menstrual cycle. This study also showed a potential for increased size of uterine cells in the rats studied. While there may need to be more studies done to show the full potential of Royal Jelly consumption on uterine health, this is an exciting potential for women with weak uterine muscles or thin uterine lining which can cause infertility in those trying to get pregnant.
Royal Jelly may be beneficial for the following reasons:
- Reduces symptoms of menopause in postmenopausal women
- Support egg and sperm health
- Promote hormone balance
- Support fertility
Using Royal Jelly
Currently, there is no reliable clinical data to support the fertility-improving effect of royal jelly in human women.
Royal jelly comes in either a capsule or in a semi-liquid state.
If you’re not susceptible to allergic reactions or respiratory conditions, then using royal jelly is unlikely to have an adverse effect for you. Whether or not it’ll definitely improve your fertility, however, hasn’t yet been demonstrated by the results of large-scale human trials.
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