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Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Volume 2018, Article ID 4868412, 7 pages
https://doi.org/10.1155/2018/4868412
Research Article

Royal Jelly Supplementation Improves Menopausal Symptoms Such as Backache, Low Back Pain, and Anxiety in Postmenopausal Japanese Women

1Institute for Bee Products and Health Science, Yamada Bee Company, Inc., Okayama, Japan
2Division of Women’s Health, Research Institute of Traditional Asian Medicine, Kindai University, Osaka, Japan

Correspondence should be addressed to Takashi Asama; moc.eeb-adamay@2201at

Received 24 January 2018; Accepted 27 March 2018; Published 29 April 2018

Academic Editor: Attila Hunyadi

Copyright © 2018 Takashi Asama et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Objectives. This study aimed to evaluate the effect of Royal Jelly (RJ) at a dose of 800 mg/day on menopausal symptoms in healthy Japanese postmenopausal women with placebo-controlled design. Material and Methods. A total of 42 healthy Japanese postmenopausal women have been recruited for this study. The subjects were randomized to oral treatment with either 800 mg of protease-digested lyophilized powder of RJ (enzyme-treated RJ) or placebo (800 mg of dextrin) daily for 12 weeks. The level of menopausal symptoms has been evaluated every 4 weeks, using menopausal symptoms questionnaire of Japanese women. Independent -test was used to evaluate statistical significance of the treatment effects between the two groups. Results and Conclusion. All of the 42 women have completed the trial. There were significant differences related to the anxiety score () and backache and low back pain score () between 800 mg/day enzyme-treated RJ and placebo-treated groups after 12 weeks of administration, and no significant differences were found between the two groups in 4 weeks after intervention. No side effects were observed in either group. This study demonstrates that enzyme-treated RJ supplementation with doses of 800 mg/day is effective in relieving menopausal symptoms such as anxiety, backache, and low back pain in Japanese postmenopausal women.