Enhance fertility with Royal Jelly, Bee Pollen & Bee Propolis

Any woman who has had to face the prospect of infertility will go through a huge emotional roller coaster ride. It can be heartbreaking for you, or a loved one to have to go through the trauma of discovering that having a child may never be a reality.

According to the The Fertility Society of Australia, one in 6 Australian and New Zealand couples are unable to conceive.

Infertility is defined as bring unable to conceive after a year of unprotected intercourse. The problem of infertility is of course not just limited to women, but shared equally among men and women. Reasons are many and varied, but in the vast majority of cases the problem is physical.

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It’s not just the emotional pain that couples experience, but the often lengthy process of IVF can be financially devastating too.

Obviously there are so many aspects to consider when confronted with fertility problems, and seeking specialist medical advice is clearly the course to take.

But as an adjunct for those women who are having fertility problems, the good news is that Royal Jelly, Bee Pollen, and Bee Propolis abound with health benefits in relationship to fertility and fertility issues.

The Genesis Of Life
Nobody would argue that bees are extraordinary creatures. Their very existence is all about the genesis of life. They produce an amazing assortment of substances with enormous health benefits not only for the bees themselves and their colonies, but for humans as well. Apitherapy is an ancient practice, dating back over 6000 years and refers to the use of honey, propolis, bee pollen and royal jelly to heal.

Each of these bee products is different, so let’s start by explaining exactly what they are, and their wide variety of health properties.

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Royal Jelly
Royal Jelly is a substance secreted by nurse worker bees’ glands. It is the main food source for the first 3 days of the larva. Extraordinarily, only one larva…the one destined to be the Queen Bee is fed royal jelly its entire life. This exclusive feeding triggers the full development of her ovaries in order that she can produce the millions of eggs she will lay in her lifetime.

In only 5 days, the Queen will mature and will weigh twice that of a worker bee. A worker bee only lives to be 30-45 days old, but the Queen bee lives to be anywhere between 5 to 6 years old.

The queen will lay around 250,000 eggs in one season, and in peak season she may lay up to 2000 eggs a day. Scientists have speculated that this may have something to do with the extremely high nutritional content of the Royal Jelly, her exclusive diet.

Royal Jelly is rich in nutrients. 29 amino acids, sugars, lipids, fatty acids,  vitamins, and most importantly, proteins. It contains ample levels of iron and calcium. Royal Jelly also contains acetylcholine, which is needed to transmit nerve messages from cell to cell. Regular consumption of high-quality royal jelly can help balance hormones, so for those who suffer hormonal imbalance, royal jelly can be a great benefit, as it helps to support the endocrine system.

A study conducted in Japan in 2007 shows that Royal Jelly can mimic human estrogen, which is essential for healthy bone formation, healthy genes and a healthy menstrual cycle. Royal Jelly may be beneficial for the following:

  • To increase libido
  • Support egg and sperm health
  • Diminish and reduce the signs of aging
  • To reduce inflammation caused by illness or injury
  • To naturally boost the body’s immune system

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Bee Pollen
Worker bees leave the colony for the day and go out to work, gathering  bee pollen which they bring back to the hive. They pack the pollen into granules mixed with their own enzymes, some honey or nectar. Every batch of bee pollen is vastly different from hive to hive and this is because of the environment in which the bee was collecting the pollen. Different flowers contain different chemical constituents unique to that flower.

Some bees are kept near farming areas that only contain one kind of flower rather than a diversity of them. So obviously, the wide variety of benefits from bee pollen are dependent on whether the source is organic choose wildflowers, a farm, or open wilderness. It’s important to know where your pollen comes from. If for example it comes from an industrial farm your pollen has the potential to contain harmful chemicals like pesticides, herbicides or fertilizers. All of these are known to contain endocrine disruptors which are linked to fertility problems.

Bee pollen is a highly nutritious food, containing vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, proteins and amino acids. Bee pollen also contains antihistamine properties which may reduce allergies. Bee pollen has been reported to have great results in boosting the immune system, and fertility for both men and women as having healing and nutritional benefits for a variety of other health conditions.

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Bee Propolis
Bee Propolis is a resinous mixture of tree sap, tree buds, tree leaves and other botanical sources that the bees make to seal small openings in their hives. Larger openings are sealed with beeswax.

Once again the chemical constituents of bee propolis varies by region because different plants live in different climates.

A study published in Fertility and Sterility showed that 60% of women with infertility issues related to endometriosis, who took 500mg of bee propolis twice a day for 9 months became pregnant – as opposed to 20% in the placebo group. Endometriosis pain, scar tissue and adhesion formation is thought to be triggered by inflammation response. Bee propolis has been shown to have extremely beneficial anti-inflammatory properties, which may reduce endometriosis.

Because studies suggest that propolis has highly anti-inflammatory properties it may be greatly beneficial for fertility issues like uterine fibroids, endometriosis, ovarian cysts, blocked fallopian tubes, Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID), and reproductive trauma or surgeries.

Bee propolis may also contain immunomodulating properties, which could be of great benefit for fertility issues such as recurrent miscarriage due to immunological response (where the mother’s body attacks or rejects the foetus), autoimmune related ovarian failure,  and antisperm antibody, (where a woman’s body has an allergic reaction to sperm).

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About the author
Dora is a freelance writer who has worked in the natural health industry for over 12 years. She has written literally millions of words about nutrition, natural health and the wondrous benefits of the gifts from the bee hive.

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