Royal Jelly as a Health Supplement
There several health supplements out there which claims to have therapeutic effects when taken as alternative medicines. We will be looking at some health studies on royal jelly to see where it is used as a cure or as form of preventive medication. Some of these studies have supporting clinical trials performed on animals but none on human subjects.
Royal Jelly as Health Supplement for Cancer Patients
It’s a sad reality that every day there is an increasing number of patients diagnosed with cancer. For many, the only option open to them is through undergoing chemotherapy. Although this procedure has saved many lives we can’t deny the fact that it causes many negative side effects to the person under medication. Chemo drugs use a toxin called Cisplatin, this is also the primary substance that gives patients discomfort while undergoing chemo sessions.
A study conducted on rodents showed that royal jelly has helped subjects under chemo drugs to fight the toxic effects of Cisplatin. There is also a study conducted in Japan that showed it to have anti Bisphenol-A effect. Bisphenol-A is an estrogen believed to cause breast cancer among patients. We can use these facts to hypothesize that taking it will not only alleviate the side effects of chemotherapy but also protect us from developing cancerous cells. But the emphasis is on ‘hypothesize’.
Royal Jelly as a Heath Supplement for Fertility
It is already widely used as health supplement by couples who are trying to conceive. It is used to increase the number of healthy sperm in male patients and has also shown to increase their testosterone levels. For women royal jelly is often taken to help facilitate ovulation and creation of healthy egg cells. [more on royal jelly for fertility] Others would claim that taking pure honey or bee pollen has increased their libido and endurance, though many believe that this may be a placebo effect.
Royal Jelly is a secretion by worker bees that is used to feed the queen bee and larvae that is set to become a new queen. In the hive there is only one queen which lays more than 2,000 eggs per day. The queen bee has the longest life span among members of the colony.
The substance has significant quantity of hormones which bees used to propagate their colony. That is why they feed it to their queen and other larvae which will soon become the next queen. But it is not clear what these hormones could do to us humans. Fertility and bearing a child until its delivery means a lot of hormonal changes in our body. Currently there is no significant study to prove the potency of this product or to test if it’s safe for pregnant women. That is why your gynecologist is unlikely to recommend it as a food supplement.
Royal Jelly for Skin Care and as Anti-aging Food Supplement
It is also used as a food supplement to attain healthy skin and a youthful look. It has been found to have antioxidants which are very helpful when used as an anti-aging product. Women who want to have a healthy and glowing skin would use it orally or applied externally just like any other cosmetic product.
To have a younger looking skin our skin cells needs to have a healthy renewal process. This means that your skin will need to have enough nutrients or collagen source to hydrate and reproduce. It has been found to have the nutrients that are needed for faster skin renewal. Skin aging can be caused by many factors such as stress and hormonal imbalance. As we have mentioned earlier it can facilitate balancing of body hormones especially for women nearing menopausal stage. The B-vitamins which are present in royal jelly also helps with stress reduction for busy people. Antioxidants can help the skin fight toxins that we acquire from the kind of lifestyles we live.
There are a lot of other diseases and medical condition where people would claim that it has proven beneficial. This does not mean that it is a medically accepted fact. Before you start taking any health supplement be sure that you discuss it with your doctor ahead of time. People who have allergic reaction to honey should avoid royal jelly. The absence of extensive studies and clinical trials done on these substances from the beehive require users to undertake some caution when first using the products.
I’d like to thank Scott for undertaking the above study and providing us with a well-written assessment of the benefits of royal jelly.