Royal jelly is the main food source for bee larvae in the first three days of their development, except for the Queen Bee. She is fed royal jelly – and nothing else- long after its larvae stage throughout its life. This exclusive feeding triggers the full development of her ovaries which are needed to create the millions of eggs she will lay in her lifetime – 250,000 eggs in one season and in peak season, she may lay up to 2000 eggs a day. This may have something to do with the extremely high nutritional content of the Royal Jelly, which is this Queen’s exclusive diet.
Royal Jelly is rich in 29 different amino acids, 10-HDA (hydroxydecenoic acid), lipids, sugars, vitamins, and proteins. It contains vitamins A, B complex (including folic acid and inositol), C, D and E, and also has ample levels of iron and calcium, as well as other minerals. Royal Jelly also contains acetylcholine, which is needed to transmit nerve messages from cell to cell.
Because Royal Jelly contains a wide variety of nutrients that are essential to proper health and organ function, it is very easy to see how it can help assist fertility.
Using Royal Jelly to Support Fertility
A study done in Japan in the journal Evid Based Complement Alternate Med. showed that Royal Jelly has the tendency to mimic human estrogen. Estrogen is essential for healthy bone formation, 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 a promising potential for women with weak uterine muscles or thin uterine lining due to long-term hormonal birth control use.
Another study out of Kyushu University in Japan, aimed to see if Royal Jelly could combat BPA growth on human breast cancer MCF-7 cells. BPA (bisphenol A) is a harmful chemical used in plastics that is a known xenoestrogen. The results of the study showed that Royal Jelly inhibits the stimulated growth of BPA on MCF-7 cells. Not only has BPA been linked to breast cancer, it has also been linked to poor egg health.
Royal Jelly may be beneficial for the following:
- To increase libido
- Support egg and sperm health
- Promote hormone balance
- Protect liver health
- Diminish and reduce the signs of aging
- To reduce inflammation caused by illness or injury
- To naturally boost the body’s immune system
- Protect against the fertility-damaging effects of chemotherapy
How and When to Take Royal Jelly
Royal Jelly comes in either capsules or in a semi-liquid state. Be sure to follow instructions for use on the label of the product you have purchased. For Byherbs Royal Jelly, it is suggested to take 2 capsules before bed and 2 capsules in the morning on an empty stomach.
It is extremely important to note that if you are allergic to bees or honey you should avoid all bee products. Side effects and reactions can include minor to severe skin irritations, difficulty breathing or even anaphylactic shock. If you begin to develop a reaction to any of these products, discontinue use immediately. Do not feed to infants under 1 year of age. Do not use bee products during pregnancy if either side of your family or the father’s family has a history of bee allergy as this may affect the baby.