Could royal jelly be an alternative to ease symptoms of menopause?

  • Royal jelly is secreted by honey bees and solely made as food for their queen bee.
  • Despite being known to increase sex drive, a study now suggests royal jelly could also help reduce symptoms of menopause.
  • Study findings showed that consuming 1000mg of royal jelly every day is four times more effective at countering hot flushes as placebos.

Royal jelly is often associated with boosting your sex drive as well as delaying the aging process. But latest research has suggested that taking a daily dose of the ‘bee milk’ can now combat symptoms of menopause.

Study results have revealed that consuming royal jelly, the substance secreted by honey bees made especially for the queen bee’s consumption, is four times more effective in fighting off hot flushes in women going through menopause.

The study involved 200 women between the ages 45 and 60 where half were given a daily dose of 1000mg royal jelly capsules, while the other half received a placebo. To compare the effects of royal jelly against those of sugar pills, each participant was instructed to maintain the same routine for eight weeks.

Experts from the Hormozgan University of Medical Sciences then interviewed each volunteer on the severity of their symptoms based on the 11 common side effects including hot flushes, irritability, bladder problems and vaginal dryness. Each answer was scored between zero and 44.

Before the start of the 2-month trial, women scored an average of 32. By the end of the study, the group taking the royal jelly pills noted that their symptoms were nearly halved in terms of severity, with their scores reducing to 19.

As for the women taking the placebo, their scores just dropped by an average of three points, barely making any difference.

Based on results, the team concluded that royal jelly might be considered as another option to treat menopausal symptoms without any side effects.

However, team leader Seyedeh Nazanin Sharif said that to confirm the effects of royal jelly on menopause symptoms, further studies are needed.

While the researchers say it’s not exactly clear how royal jelly reduces menopausal symptoms, they suspect that it triggers testosterone production which could aid the body in creating estrogen. Furthermore, the substance also contains compounds such as 10-hydroxy-2-decenoic acid, which is similar to the hormone itself.

But then again, the British Menopause chair, Haitham Hamoda, issued warnings over the findings, saying that since the study only involved 200 women, more research is needed before royal jelly can truly be considered a clinically proven treatment for symptoms of menopause. He further recommended that women with menopausal symptoms should see her healthcare specialist who can suggest suitable treatments for her.

The study was released following the recent explosive study that linked HRT to breast cancer.

The study is published in Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice.

Source: Daily Mail Online

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