Royal Jelly and Fertility
A question we are asked many times is “can royal jelly help with fertility?”
Royal Jelly is taken as a dietary supplement for a wide variety of issues/reasons, including to boost fertility. In fact it isn’t just taken to boost fertility but also for other areas of reproductive health, including to increase libido.
Certainly the inference is that it is most commonly used to boost fertility in women, but it is also taken by men for the same purpose of increasing virility, libido and sperm count.
It isn’t just taken prior to conception but also during and after pregnancy to assist with hormonal balance and regulation, as it may assist in providing support to the endocrine system.
We’ve also discussed on our blog that studies have shown Royal Jelly may have estrogen like effects, which can help the many women who suffer from low estrogen levels. Of course, we strongly advise that you consult with your health care professional before taking royal jelly for fertility, or during pregnancy or whilst nursing.
Of course it’s always good to have some scientific support before embarking on a regimen on supplements to boost fertility. In the “Infertility Cure”, fertility expert Dr. Randine Lewis describes various studies detailing royal jelly as potentially beneficial to fertility.
If you decide to include royal jelly in your diet then obviously you’ll have choices to make. We recommend that you start by reading this article on how to select bee products, as a way of understanding the differences and making an informed selection.
Royal jelly effects us all in different ways and it’s important to understand the benefits of this product, particularly when considering something as important as fertility and reproductive health.
Studies of royal jelly on female fertility.
There have been too few studies on humans to conclude any real benefits when considering royal jelly and its impact on fertility. Lab studies on animals however have shown some potential for fertility benefits and improvement. A study published in the June 2006 issue of “Animal Reproductive Science” tested the effects of royal jelly on sheep, comparing it with placebo.
The rates of conception were higher in the groups given royal jelly than in the placebo groups, indicating a positive benefit on reproductive health and the likelihood of conception.
Male Fertility Studies with royal jelly
A study published in 2010 ["Animal Reproductive Science"] examined the effects of royal jelly on male fertility in rabbits. A total of 24 rabbits were given placebo or doses of royal jelly. Testosterone levels rose to as high as 143 percent of initial levels and sperm improved by as much as 18 percent with actual sperm output increasing by as much as 65%
Generally speaking animal studies are intended to be useful as indication of the potential effect on humans, though in some cases human effect is not a consideration.
It should be stressed that failure to conceive can be due to all manner of causes. It is important for women generally to have an adequate amount of Folic Acid in their system for conception can occur. We also know that a lack of the amino acid Arginine can result in a low sperm count in men. Both Folic acid and Arginine are present in royal jelly, so this may be the link to some of the successful clinical trials when looking into royal jelly and its impact on fertility.
I often recite the story of the Duke and Duchess of York who were both said to be taking high dosages of royal jelly en route to conceiving their daughter Princess Beatrice! To read more about the benefits of royal jelly and to determine if this product is right for you, click here
Of course, as with all things health related, you shouldn’t self-diagnose and you shouldn’t self-medicate. Work with your Doctor to find the healthiest and most effective way forward for your specific requirements.
Lastly, royal jelly has been know to have negative side effects in a small percentage of individuals, you can read more about that here