Royal jelly is a milky secretion produced by worker honey bees. It typically contains about 60% to 70% water, 12% to 15% proteins, 10% to 16% sugar, 3% to 6% fats, and 2% to 3% vitamins, salts, and amino acids. Its composition varies depending on geography and climate. This product gets its name from the fact that bees use it for the development and nurturing of queen bees. Some people use royal jelly as medicine. Don’t confuse royal jelly with bee pollen or bee venom.
Royal jelly is used for asthma, hay fever, liver disease, pancreatitis, sleep troubles (insomnia), premenstrual syndrome (PMS), stomach ulcers, kidney disease, bone fractures, menopausal symptoms, skin disorders, and high cholesterol. It is also used as a general health tonic, for fighting the effects of aging, and for boosting the immune system.
Some people apply royal jelly directly to the skin as a tonic or to the scalp to encourage hair growth.
How does it work?
There is very little scientific information available about the effects of royal jelly in people. In animals, royal jelly seems to have some activity against tumors and the development of “hardening of the arteries.”
- High cholesterol. Preliminary research suggests that royal jelly might lower cholesterol levels in people with high cholesterol.
- Menopausal symptoms.Some very preliminary research shows that taking a certain combination product containing royal jelly plus flower pollen (Melbrosia) for 12 weeks might help reduce symptoms of menopause and improve feelings of well-being.
- Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) . Some research shows that a specific combination product (Femal, Natumin Pharma) seems to decrease certain symptoms of PMS including irritability, weight increases, and edema when given over a period of 2 menstrual cycles. Each tablet of this product contains 6 mg of royal jelly, 36 mg of bee pollen extract, and 120 mg of bee pollen plus pistil extract. It is given as 2 tablets twice daily.
- Hay fever.
- Liver disease.
- Trouble sleeping (insomnia) .
- Stomach ulcers.
- Kidney disease.
- Bone fractures.
- Skin disorders.
- Boosting immunity.
- Other conditions.
Side Effects & Safety
Royal jelly is POSSIBLY SAFE for most people when used short-term. It can cause serious allergic reactions including asthma, swelling of the throat, and death. Rarely, it might cause the colon to bleed, accompanied by stomach pain and bloody diarrhea.
There isn't enough information to know if royal jelly is safe when applied directly to the skin. It has caused inflammation and allergic rash when applied to the scalp.
Special Precautions & Warnings:Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of royal jelly during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
Asthma or allergies: Don’t use royal jelly if you have asthma or allergies. It could cause some serious reactions, even death.
Inflamed skin (dermatitis): Royal jelly might make dermatitis worse.
Moderate Interaction Be cautious with this combination
- Warfarin (Coumadin) interacts with ROYAL JELLY
Royal jelly might increase the effects of warfarin (Coumadin). Taking royal jelly with warfarin (Coumadin) might result in an increased chance of bruising or bleeding.
The appropriate dose of royal jelly depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for royal jelly. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.