If you want to know how to treat menopausal symptoms, tried something but with no luck, try royal jelly! It’s the royal treatment that all women deserve.
It may sound a little contrary to what royal jelly really is. This substance is meant to turn a regular bee into the only reproductive bee the hive has. The queen eats only royal jelly all her long life and lays thousands of eggs. On the other hand a menopausal woman has finished her reproductive life. How can it help? It is not like it would make the woman reproductive again!
The physical and emotional discomfort women have during premenopausal, menopausal and even postmenopausal, have major negative effects on their quality of life. Men would often believe it’s only about three things: not having the monthly period, losing their reproductive capacity and lower libido. If any. But for a woman, things may turn her life completely upside-down and not in a good sense.
What are the symptoms of menopause?
Symptoms of menopause include: hot flashes, sweating, insomnia, mood changes, anxiety, irritation, depression, fatigability, eye strain, memory problems (forgetfulness), palpitation, high blood pressure, dizziness, chest tightness, neck stiffness, backache and low back pain, joint pain, cold hands and feet, numbness in the legs or arms, sensitivity to sounds and headache.
The 2019 study “Effect of royal jelly on menopausal symptoms: A randomized placebo controlled clinical trial”, run by Seyedeh Nazanin Sharifa and Fatemeh Darsareh from Hormozgan University of Medical Sciences, Bandar Abbas, Iran, showed that daily consumption of oral royal jelly (1000 mg) for eight weeks was effective in alleviating the menopausal symptoms.
As a rule, menopausal symptoms may range from mild to severe. It has been evidenced that 80–85% of women experience some of these symptoms during the menopausal period. The blame is on reduced estrogen levels.
How does the mainstream medicine treat menopausal symptoms?
Just like with the thyroid treatment, a hormone replacement therapy is recommended to women to treat their menopausal symptoms. However, while there are confirmed advantages of this therapy, there have been some concerns about the safety of this therapeutic method, after the publication of Million Women Study and Women’s Health Initiative: “Breast cancer and hormone replacement therapy in the Million Women Study“, V. Beral, Million Women Study Collaborators. Lancet 362 (2003), which encouraged the application of alternative approaches. The conclusion on the study says: “Women who use hormone replacement therapy are at an increased risk of both incident and fatal ovarian cancer.”
Can alternative medicine treat menopausal symptoms?
In complementary and alternative medicine, a wide range of compounds have been applied to alleviate the
menopausal symptoms, such as isoflavones, lignin, St John’s wort, black cohosh, ginseng, evening primrose oil, and royal jelly. Natural herbs are safer and have a broader rage of action, though you need to be consistent and patient.
Why is Royal jelly good for menopause?
Royal jelly has antitumor, anti-allergy, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and immunomodulatory effects on our organisms. There is along list of all illnesses it has a good effect on!
It’s a viscous jelly-like substance, produced by the mandibular and hypopharyngeal glands of honeybees (Apis mellifera). It consists of water (50–60%), proteins (18%), carbohydrates (15%), lipids (3–6%), mineral salts (1.5%), and vitamins, unique fatty acids such as (E)-10-hydroxy-2-decenoic acid (10HDA) and 10-hydroxydecanoic acid (10HDAA), all working in synergy. It is reported that royal jelly and 10HDA have estrogenic effect and agonist activity for estrogen receptor β; hence one of the mechanisms for improvement of physical and psychiatric symptoms in menopause is considered to be the estrogenic effect. (read more: Royal Jelly)
Studies have shown that royal jelly tended to down-regulate prolactin mRNA and up-regulated thyroid-stimulating hormone β mRNA in the pituitary. Thus royal jelly compensates for age-associated decline in pituitary functions. (see the study “Effects of Long-Term Administration of Royal Jelly on Pituitary Weight and Gene Expression in Middle-Aged Female Rats”, by K. Kushima, N. Hasegawa, E. Ogawa from Japan)
A 2018 study, “Royal Jelly Supplementation Improves Menopausal Symptoms Such as Backache, Low Back Pain, and Anxiety in Postmenopausal Japanese Women” conducted by Takashi Asama, aimed to evaluate the effect of Royal Jelly at a dose of 800 mg/day on menopausal symptoms in healthy Japanese postmenopausal women with placebo-controlled design. After 12 weeks of administration, there were significant differences related to the anxiety score, backache and low back pain score, between the group treated with royal jelly and the placebo-treated group. No side effects were observed in either group.
Personal experience with royal jelly
Every morning I took 10 ml of fresh royal jelly on empty stomach, sublingually until dissolution, 30 minutes before breakfast. In 3 days I could tell the difference.
– Fewer hot flashes, 3 or 4 per day, if any!
– No more night sweating. (Heavy sweating!)
– No more bloated belly;
– Firmer breasts;
– Blood pressure in right limits;
– No more headaches
– And, I dare say, even a slightly increased libido. Which is something, trust me. : – )
I have also been taking propolis tincture, 1 ml/day, in a teaspoon of honey. To support the overall body. Now I’m having a break from royal jelly (took it for 2 months) and take blue honey instead. Again, for 2 months. Then I will return to royal jelly.
Do you have any experience with royal jelly?
pubmed “Royal Jelly Supplementation Improves Menopausal Symptoms Such as Backache, Low Back Pain, and Anxiety in Postmenopausal Japanese Women”, doi: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2019.08.006. Epub 2019 Aug 22.
pubmed “Effect of royal jelly on menopausal symptoms: A randomized placebo-controlled clinical trial”, doi: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2019.08.006. Epub 2019 Aug 22.