Is royal jelly a natural health supplement primarily useful to women?
You could be forgiven for thinking that, since if you look around the web at the many sites promoting bee products, you’ll see many references to royal jelly and –
– hormonal regulation
– skin care
As such it might erroneously be considered to be a ‘woman’s health supplement’, whereas it can be equally beneficial for men.
I recently spoke with the owner of a nutritional store specializing in energy and training products. Their product range included body-building supplements, products to boost testosterone, energy enhancement supplements etc. Their customer base was around 70% male and their best selling products were aimed at building muscle and losing fat. Quite surprisingly, the store had just begun selling a royal jelly and bee pollen blend, and the feedback was that it sold well, but mostly to women.
I think this is simply a perception born from online marketing, which seems to pitch the products mostly towards women. Those of us in the know realize that bee pollen has been taken by athletes (men and women) for centuries and that royal jelly is taken to promote energy, something required by both men and women!
If you look at the list above, men seem to confuse the meaning of ‘hormonal regulation’ and think it to be something specific to the females of the species. Likewise with fertility.
So royal jelly can be a very useful supplement to men, as can bee pollen, propolis and honey. It might not be something the body building crowd would flock toward, but both products are high in amino acids, which seems to be the key ingredient in training and body building supplements.
It’s also worth mentioning that in the training world, the dosages of powdered supplements tends to be much higher. Many of the amino acid supplements suggest dosages upwards of 10,000mg daily. With bee products, the dosages tend to be much lower, but generally there’s no reasons why people cannot take higher dosages, assuming they’ve become accustomed to taking the products without any negative affects.
People do buy pollen powder and consume it by the teaspoon or more (5,000mg+) but generally not royal jelly or propolis, why is that?
The simple point is that bee products may be just as beneficial to men as they are to women, there’s nothing but vitamins, minerals and amino acids etc in these products, so they should be equally beneficial to men and women alike.
Elsewhere we’ve talked about royal jelly being associated with increased libido (in men and women) and also a substance capable of increasing active sperm count in men. So to summarize, with a little bias towards the male enhancement benefits –
- High in amino acids, useful for training/muscle building
- An energy supplement – can provide quick boosts of energy and longer term stamina
- Increased libido and sexual drive/energy
- Improvement in active sperm count
Lastly, royal jelly is commonly associated with healthy hair, skin and nails. Why should that come with a feminine connotation? Heck, guys need healthy hair just as much as women, and seem to have a harder time hanging on to it!