Royal Honey Review: Can Honey Improve Sex?

Royal Honey Review: Can Honey Improve Sex?


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Royal Honey is a dietary supplement primarily made with honey, that’s used for sexual enhancement in both men and women. The brand Royal Honey America claims their supplement can not only improve libido, but also improve fertility and even increase penis size in men.

But does Royal Honey contain ingredients proven to have these effects in clinical studies, or are these just marketing claims? Does the product contain any unhealthy additives? Is Royal Honey for men or women better-formulated? And how do real users rate and describe its effects?

In this article we’ll answer all of these questions and more, as we analyze the ingredients in Royal Honey VIP, Royal Honey for Men, and Royal Honey for Women to give our take on whether or not the supplements are likely to be effective, and whether or not they're healthy.

We’ll highlight a concerning FDA warning about a hidden drug ingredient found in Royal Honey, and feature customer reviews of the brand.

Royal Honey VIP Ingredient Analysis

Royal Honey ingredients

Royal Honey VIP, also called Kingdom Royal Honey VIP, has five active ingredients shown above: honey, Tribulus terrestris, maca, tongkat ali and Panax ginseng.

Honey is unsurprisingly the first ingredient, and a medical review published in the Antioxidants journal found that honey can improve libido, erectile function and fertility in men.

We cannot identify any evidence that honey improves sexual function in women.

Tribulus terrestris was shown in a 2020 meta-study to significantly improve sexual function in women.

Maca is one of the most well-studied natural aphrodisiacs.

However, as we referenced in our VigorNow reviews article on another sexual function supplement, this ingredient is best taken gelatinized rather than raw, because it is an indigestible starch (like potato) and may cause gastrointestinal upset when taken raw.

Tongkat ali was found in a 2017 medical review to have “remarkable association…in the treatment of male sexual disorders” in seven of the 11 clinical trials analyzed.

Panax ginseng was found to improve sexual arousal and sexual desire in women in a meta-analysis published in the Phytomedicine journal.

Overall, we consider Royal Honey VIP likely to be effective for sexual enhancement based on its ingredients, however we can't recommend it because it’s been found to be contaminated with a hidden drug ingredient, as we’ll detail in the next section.

FDA Finds Hidden Drug in Royal Honey

In April of 2022, the FDA published a Public Notification that Kingdom Honey Royal Honey VIP contained the drug ingredient sildenafil, which is the active ingredient in Viagra.

The FDA advised consumers to not purchase or use Kingdom Royal Honey VIP, because drug ingredients require FDA approval, cannot be included in dietary supplements, and may cause side effects.

A later FDA News Release, published in July of 2022, suggests that other honey-based supplements may be tainted with another drug ingredient called tadalafil, which is the active ingredient in Cialis.

This later News Release does not describe the products by name, so it’s impossible to determine if other brands of Royal Honey products may be tainted.

YouTuber Tests Royal Honey

A YouTube creator named “Life with the Vargas Family” shared his experience taking Royal Honey, answered some user questions, and explained his thoughts on how long prior to sex to take the supplement:

Are Other Royal Honey Supps Better?

Royal Honey has two popular supplements branded by sex: Royal Honey for Him, and Royal Honey for Her.

The ingredients in Royal Honey for Him, also called Etumax Royal Honey for Him, are shown below:

Royal Honey for Him ingredients

Three of the ingredients are the same as in the Royal Honey VIP product reviewed in the previous section (Eurycoma longifolia is the scientific name for tongkat ali).

Bee larva powder is the only unique ingredient in this formulation, and we cannot identify any clinical evidence suggesting it’s effective for improving sexual function.

The ingredients for Royal Honey for Her, also called Etumax Royal Honey for Her, are shown below:

Royal Honey for Her ingredients

Royal jelly was shown in a 2016 clinical trial to improve sexual function in menopausal women when used topically on the vagina, but we can’t find any clinical evidence that it’s effective when taken orally.

Bee pollen is only included at a concentration of 1%, and we can’t find any studies suggesting it’s effective for improving libido in women.

Kacip fatima is a flowering plant claimed by the manufacturer to be an “amazing herb for women,” however there is no citation for this claim.

While it has been studied for childbirth and hot flashes, we can’t find any studies suggesting this herb is effective for improving sexual desire or sexual function in women.

Overall, we consider Royal Honey VIP to be the best-formulated of the Royal Honey supplements.

Does Royal Honey Cause Side Effects?

Royal Honey does not appear to have been studied in any clinical trials, so it’s challenging to say whether or not the supplement will cause side effects.

However, we can make an educated guess based on its ingredients.

We consider this supplement more likely than average to cause side effects given that it was found to contain a hidden drug ingredient.

Sildenafil can cause indigestion, flushing and headache according to medical research.

All of the ingredients listed on the label for Royal Honey should be safe and non-toxic, so our concern over side effects is only in regard to the potential hidden drug ingredient(s) and not the stated ingredients.

A YouTube video called “Royal Honey Horror Story” documents the side effects that one user claims to have experienced.

We’ve timestamped the video below to start at the point where he begins discussing the side effects he experienced:

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Royal Honey Pros and Cons

Here are the pros and cons of Royal Honey in our opinion:

Pros:

  • Effective formulations
  • No unhealthy inactive ingredients

Cons:

  • Found to contain hidden drug ingredient
  • Unclear official manufacturer
  • May cause side effects
  • May be dangerous
  • No evidence to support penis size enhancement
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Conclusion

Royal Honey may be effective for improving sex drive and sexual function, but we do not currently recommend the supplement because we do not believe it’s safe.

It seems logical to avoid any brand of supplement that was found by the FDA to have a hidden drug ingredient.

This supplement does contain natural herbal ingredients shown in clinical studies to improve sexual function, and honey alone may improve sex drive in men, so it’s unfortunate that the manufacturer felt the need to add an unauthorized drug ingredient.

We consider Royal Honey VIP to be better-formulated than Royal Honey for Him or Royal Honey for Her based on the stated ingredients, but Royal Honey VIP is the product explicitly described by the FDA as containing the drug ingredient, so consumers may wish to avoid it.

Royal Honey may cause side effects because the hidden drug ingredient found in it can cause side effects.

It's somewhat unclear who the official manufacturer of this supplement is, which is another red flag in our opinion.

Many brands appear to be selling products under the Royal Honey trade name at the time of updating this article.