While Royal Jelly is generally safe in most cases when used short-term, there have been complaints of allergic reactions like:
- severe allergic reaction
- coughing and sneezing
- swelling of the throat
- colon bleed
- stomach pain
- bloody diarrhoea
- watery eyes
- upset stomach
Because it is new as a supplement and health product, Royal Jelly is still undergoing scientific study to properly state the side effects. There is not enough information known about the safety of applying Royal Jelly directly to the skin, and in some cases it has caused skin inflammation and allergic reaction when applied to the scalp.
Additionally, taking Royal Jelly supplements or using it topically on the skin is not advised if you have allergic reactions like hives or asthma. The risk of negative side effects from Royal Jelly is higher in individuals who have other allergies.
Always remember to consult your healthcare expert or pharmacist before taking new medications or supplements, and especially before using a new supplement with medications you may already be taking.
Special precautions before taking Royal Jelly:
Pregnancy and breastfeeding: Not enough is known about the use of Royal Jelly during pregnancy and breastfeeding. It is best to avoid the use of Royal Jelly during this time.
Asthma or allergy conditions: Royal Jelly supplements should not be taken if you have allergies as it could cause a serious reaction and in worse cases even death.
Inflamed skin: Royal Jelly has been known to make dermatitis worse.
Medicine interactions: Warfarin (Coumadin): Warfarin (Coumadin) effects increase when taken with Royal Jelly. The combination might increase the risk of bruising or bleeding.