May 28, 2016

Royal Jelly

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What other names is Royal Jelly known by?

Apis mellifera, Bee Saliva, Bee Spit, Gelée Royale, Honey Bee Milk, Honey Bee's Milk, Jalea Real, Lait des Abeilles, Royal Bee Jelly.

What is Royal Jelly?

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.

Possibly Effective for...

  • Menopausal symptoms. Some research shows that taking a specific product containing royal jelly and flower pollen (Melbrosia) by mouth for 12 weeks can reduce menopausal symptoms and improve feelings of well-being in menopausal women. Another specific product containing royal jelly, evening primrose oil, damiana, and ginseng (Lady 4) may also decrease menopausal symptoms.

Possibly Ineffective for...

  • Seasonal allergies (hayfever). Taking a specific royal jelly product (Bidro) by mouth for 3-6 months before and during pollen season does not seem to improve nasal congestion, sneezing, or eye discomfort in children with hayfever.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Diabetic foot ulcers. Early research shows that applying a specific ointment containing royal jelly and panthenol (Pediphar) for up to 6 months after cleansing and removal of dead tissue may improve the healing of diabetic foot ulcers.
  • Infertility. Early research shows that applying a solution containing royal jelly, Egyptian bee honey, and bee bread to the vagina for 2 weeks may increase the rate of pregnancy in couples with fertility problems due to reduced sperm movement (asthenozoospermia).
  • High cholesterol. Early research suggests that injecting royal jelly, or taking royal jelly under the tongue or by mouth for 2-11 weeks, might lower cholesterol levels in people with high cholesterol.
  • Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) . Early research shows that taking a specific product (Femal, Natumin Pharma) containing royal jelly, bee pollen extract, and bee pollen with pistil extract by mouth for 2 menstrual cycles seems to decrease certain symptoms of PMS including irritability, weight increases, and swelling.
  • Asthma.
  • Liver disease.
  • Pancreatitis.
  • Trouble sleeping (insomnia) .
  • Stomach ulcers.
  • Kidney disease.
  • Bone fractures.
  • Skin disorders.
  • Baldness.
  • Boosting immunity.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of royal jelly for these uses.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).


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