A group of researchers in Japan decided to examine the effects of Royal Jelly on blood cholesterol levels in 15 volunteers.
They gave half the volunteers 6 grams of Royal Jelly per day for 4 weeks. Those taking the RJ saw their total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) decreased significantly compared with those who didn't get the RJ. HDL (the good cholesterol) levels didn't change in either group, nor did triglyceride levels.
So, it appears that Royal Jelly helps to lower bad cholesterol and total cholesterol while not harming good cholesterol levels. The scientists suggested that royal jelly does this by lowering Very Low Density Lipoproteins.
If your doctor is telling you to get your cholesterol levels down, perhaps Royal Jelly is a safer, natural option for you than the limited pharmaceutical options that you have that have been shown to have a tremendous number of side effects. Lipitor, the most common cholesterol drug, lists these side effects on their web site as common: diarrhea, upset stomach, muscle and joint pain and changes in some blood tests.
The full study can be found in the journal Nutritional Science Vitaminol, 2007 Aug:53(4):345-8.
What Does This Mean For You?
It is important to note that the participants in this study consumed 6 grams of royal jelly per day. This is quite a large amount of royal jelly. If you are going to try royal jelly for your cholesterol levels, I strongly suggest you don't begin by taking this full amount. While side effects are rare, they are possible with such a strong substance. Begin by taking on 1 gram per day and slowly increasing the dose over the span of several weeks provided you tolerate it well. One gram per day is equal to one capsule of our 1000 mg royal jelly capsules or about 1/4 teaspoon of our royal jelly powder.
Consider also taking the following supplements along with Royal Jelly to further support lowering your 'bad' cholesterol levels:
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