On Monday of this week, I started taking royal jelly in hopes that it lives up to its rep and helps my ovaries function properly. When I wrote the post on More Natural Ways to Improve Your Uterine and Ovarian Health, I was still researching a lot on royal jelly and trying to figure out if it was something I’d even really go for, but it kept showing up everywhere I researched (paired with Maca and L-Arginine). It comes in a freeze-dried pill format, but I am already taking 12 pills a day.
Yes, you read that right.
Every single one is a vitamin or supplement. Maca and L-Arginine make up 8 of the 12 – they don’t just come in the dose you need, you have to take a couple at a time to reach the potency you desire.
Gah. Someone please tell me I can open up some of these capsules and just dump them into a smoothie or something. But wait, that would require me buying a new blender.
I space the pills out over the course of the day, so I’m taking something four times a day. I obviously wouldn’t remember that on my own – thanks to the iPhone, I have reminders going off every few hours. 😉
What is it? How does it work? How do you take it? How much do you need? Let me break it down for you:
What is it?
Royal jelly is created by worker bees and is fed to the larvae that is to become the queen bee – the head honcho – the mother of all mothers – the one who will ultimately lay up to 2,000 eggs per day. Royal Jelly is rich in amino acids and contains high levels of vitamins. It is extremely dense in nutrients.
How does it work?
Because of the high level of amino acids, proteins and vitamins found in royal jelly, it nourishes the endocrine system and helps support proper hormone function. I’ve read that it’s beneficial for thickening the uterine lining and preparing it for implantation because it helps with your estrogen production, which is what really helps get your lining thick. It also nourishes the ovaries for egg production, which is primarily why I am taking it. It helps the queen bee lay up to 2,000 eggs per day, ya’ll. That’s a lot of eggs! It’s all she eats and as a result, she’s the bee who lives the longest and is the largest.
How do you take it?
There are a few ways to get royal jelly into your diet. Some people prefer the pills, others prefer it in a more raw format. I decided that I was taking enough pills and wanted to go for the more raw format, so I purchased a royal jelly/pollen/propolis/raw honey mixture off of Amazon.
I went with that one because I read that all of those items are good for infertility (source will be at the end of this post). I also read online quite a bit that raw royal jelly tastes pretty nasty, so mixing it with honey is crucial to getting it down the hatch. I figured this mix would probably be the best way to get it in me and it came highly recommended in lieu of the pills. The label says to just take it plain, but I also read online that some people spread it on toast because the carbs aid in absorption, so I opted for that instead. I spread it on whole wheat toast, then top with a little extra local honey and serve it alongside a hard boiled egg.
How much do you need?
I feel like this is up for debate. I’m reading a lot of conflicting information out there on how much you need and how often you should take it (I’m sure it has something to do with loss of potency going from raw to dried format), so let me just share the conclusion I came to: I take 2 tsp/day, which is between 600-1,000 mg. The label for the jar I bought says to take 1-2 tsp, 1-2x/day and that one serving is 625 mg. I just do 2tsp (rounded, so likely a bit more than exactly 2) in the morning with my breakfast. A lot of sources say you need to take 1,000 mg/day, so I figure I am getting close. Other sources say you need more and that I should take more than 1-2 tsp because it’s not as potent mixed with the raw honey/pollen/propolis. I’m just doing what I feel most comfortable with.
To conclude this post, I’ll share this video from Natural-Fertility-Info.com that I found best explains the benefits of royal jelly. Below that you’ll find some links to sources. I hope this helps those of you who are curious about royal jelly. If you have any other questions and can’t find the answers online, let me know and I’ll be happy to help you find what you’re looking for!