Female wellness – supplements for women

Female Wellness Formulation

Our supplements for women: Female Wellness Formulation uses the synergy of nature’s super herbs acting along multiple metabolic pathways to enhance one another. Each of these herbs deliver amazing benefits on their own, but in combination you should experience dramatic effects after a short time. There will be actions, at the same time, that support your well-being and longevity at deeper levels which may be less obvious.

 

Cordyceps

Cordyceps, essential ingredient of our herbal supplements for women, is perhaps most well known as a rejuvenator. It increases your energy level, relieves fatigue, and speeds recovery. This makes Cordyceps an attractive supplement for athletes seeking to maximize performance and for the elderly but it equally applies to people of all ages and walks of life as we face today’s fast paced modern stressful lifestyle.
Originating in the Himalayan Plateau, cordyceps is a rare medicinal mushroom that provides energy, not by using up your stored energy (typical of stimulants) which creates an energy boost often followed by a “crash”, but by increasing ATP, the basis for your energy production at the cellular level. This natural energy is the reason that it is included in many products that boost libido.

Oxygen intake and utilization are also a specialty of cordyceps which also provides kidney support, cardiac support and has a great many other significant health benefits. The double effect of increased ATP and better oxygen utilization from the use of Cordyceps provides more fuel to burn and more oxygen to burn it with. Cordyceps contains polysaccharides such as Beta glucan which activate and stimulate the immune system. The bidirectional regulation of immune function is known as immunomodulation. When Cordyceps is taken by a patient in an immune deficiency state (cancer, HIV) white blood cells increase in quantity and activity. When the same Cordyceps is given to someone in a hyper-immune condition (Lupus, Rheumatoid arthritis) the quantity and activity of white blood cells decrease while red blood cells increase.

Inherent in the structure of Cordyceps is an anti-tumor mechanism. Cordycepin lacks an hydroxyl functional group (-OH) in the third position where it is required to create a bond that effectively forms the ladder structure that holds DNA together. DNA replication cannot occur in the absence of this oxygen atom. So while Cordyceps does not kill active cancer cells it may prevent them for replicating and bring the cancer under control.

Kidney health seems to be a cornerstone of the body’s wellness. When kidneys fail the effects are felt in many other organs and systems. In this sense, the positive effect of Cordyceps on the kidneys support overall health and homeostasis. Fatigue, impotence, anemia, hypertension, joint and back pains are all symptoms of poor kidney health. Chronic kidney failure tends to affect the elderly as our natural healing capabilities decrease with age.

Cordyceps is a traditional fungus used as a kidney tonic and is now being widely used for patients to reduce anemia, lower blood pressure and improve kidney function with no adverse effects. Thai physicians focusing on the pharmacological properties of cordyceps suggest its use to treat critical stage kidney disease.

One side effect described by those who use Cordyceps is its aphrodisiac and sexual potentiator qualities for both men and women. Cordyceps was used for thousands of years by Asian physicians to improve physical (including sexual) stamina and performance as recorded in “The Classic Herbal of the Divine Plowman” (written around 200 AD). Sexual dysfunction affects 43{62ee4aa87c545dd3f591a1d18d3c35c945faf6240dc018d87ac771ae9cf46340} of women compared to 31{62ee4aa87c545dd3f591a1d18d3c35c945faf6240dc018d87ac771ae9cf46340} of men, yet the attention seems to focus on treatments of male erectile dysfunction. Cordyceps is a good natural approach to this issue for women. It helps to balance the communication pathways between the brain and the body. The HPA (hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis) balances levels of estrogen and testosterone. Cordyceps helps to optimize adrenal functions which promote the natural flow of sex hormones. Cordyceps supports energy production at the cellular level which increases energy including sexual energy and interest. Boosting antioxidant actions and inhibiting destruction of nitric oxide promote natural vaginal lubrication and sexual function. Anti-inflammatory effects of Cordyceps helps to control levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines which tends to block their dampening effect on sexual desire and activity…

Cordyceps inhibits production of the enzyme 5-alpha reductase which increases sexual desire for women.
Cordyceps is useful in regulating abnormal menstruation in women and sexual dysfunction including impotence. Increased kidney function (discussed above) helps to protect against water retention and also regulates growth hormone production which has an effect on increased egg extruding in women.

 

Black Ginger

Another rare botanical, black ginger is the only variety of ginger that has the deep purple pigments (found in blueberries, acai, Mangosteen rind etc.) that contain high levels of antioxidants. Black ginger is most often noted for its ability to increase blood flow carrying oxygen and nutrients to the extremities. This not only includes increased blood flow to the sexual organs, but also to the brain which may help to protect us from neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. In addition to supporting libido, cognitive function and overall wellness as are significantly aided by black ginger.

 

Papaya leaves

Strong digestive enzymes help us not only with digestion, but also relieve acid reflux and heartburn by digesting potentially toxic waste, killing H. pylori bacteria that cause inflammation and indigestion, and break down protein and carbohydrates to sooth the GI tract and bowels. University of Florida studies published in Journal of Ethnopharmacology (February 17, 2010 edition) documented that extract from freeze dried papaya leaves boosts production of Th1-type cytokines, hormonal messengers, which are key signaling molecules that regulate the immune system.

Powerful antioxidants and tannins in addition to TH1 cytokines found in papaya leaf provide immune system support. A strong immune system has sweeping effects on our general health and wellness. The same University of Florida study recorded papaya’s direct anti-tumor effect on a broad range of human tumors including cancers of the cervix, breast, liver, lung and pancreas. Although further research is indicated, it seems that the strong digestive enzymes in papaya leaves may digest the fibrous protein coating that protects cancer cells from attack by your immune system.

Papaya leaves have gained popularity to fight colds, flues, and relieve the high fever and painful symptoms including those associated with dengue fever. The substantial levels strong digestive enzymes help to balance and support blood platelets with the effect of combating dengue.

Papaya leaf is noted for its anti-aging effects. Papaya contains over 50 amino acids such as (threonine, glutamic acid, glycine, leucine etc.) some of which are used in cosmetics for creating young, healthy skin and as anti –aging compounds.

One cause of sexual dysfunction is restricted blood flow to the extremities. One cause of restricted blood flow is excess fibrin in the blood which “traps” the red blood cells preventing them from entering the capillaries and getting into the bloodstream. Papain and chymopapain along with other natural components found significantly in papaya leaves allow your body to dissolve the fibrin thereby increasing blood flow and the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to your cells. Adequate oxygenation and nutrition at the cellular level may have an effect on erectile dysfunction in men. For women the increased blood flow in the pelvis and uterus helps to remove and purify stagnant blood which, in turn, helps to normalize menstruation and bring the uterus back into proper shape as well as function.

For both men and women increased blood flow to the brain can assist in preventing neurodegenerative diseases as we age. Nutrients such as B-Vitamins, Vitamin A and C and flavonoids (powerful antioxidants), calcium and Vitamin D (strong bones), Vitamin E (supports sexual and cardiovascular health) are all contained in Papaya leaves.

 

Galangal

Galangal, a Thai variety of ginger has a long history of use in various medicinal traditions. In African-American folk medicine galangal is referred to as “chewing root” said to settle the stomach and aid digestion. Ayurveda uses Galangal to address inflammation. Modern science has validated this anti-inflammatory property. Galangal’s ability to regulate the formation of new blood vessels has shown to be helpful in the treatment of certain human cancers, inflammatory and other serious health issues.

Galangal is known to inhibit nitric oxide production. Nitric Oxide relaxes the smooth muscular cells of the blood vessels allowing the blood vessels to expand. The effect of inhibiting this expansion results in a stronger flow of blood, most especially to the extremities. This increased blood flow is the reason that Galangal is included in herbal formulations designed to improve sexual function. It both increases blood flow to the extremities and, and the same time acts as a carrier to facilitate location-specific delivery of the other ingredients in this same formulation. Galangal is used in Asian formulations for upper respiratory infections including colds and sore throat. Traditional Chinese medicine prescribes galangal to relieve stomach pain, vomiting, hiccups and diarrhea. Galangal is often to relieve motion sickness as well as morning sickness.

In the Middle East there exists a tradition of using galangal as a remedy for rheumatic pains and arthritis. The defining ingredient in Galangal is flavonol galangin known to have antibacterial effects on anthrax bacillus, hemolytic streptococcus and strains of staphylococcus. This flavonol has been shown to inhibit the growth of breast tumor cells in vitro.

 

Turmeric and Black Pepper

Turmeric, another important ingredient in our supplements for women contains hundreds of chemical species including a variety of curcuminoids working together in synergy. If we isolate one or several curcuminoids we exclude others that contain essential oils that help make Turmeric easier for your body to absorb and metabolize. While Curcumin is the most notable and most important of the curcuminoids in turmeric, its benefits are more effective if it is not isolated as a single extract.

Brain Function and Health:

Curcumin crosses the blood-brain barrier to exercise a direct influence in reducing oxidative damage and inflammation in the brain. Our Freeze Dry’s Cellular Fracture Line process also captures bioactive compounds such as aromatic-turmerone which encourages the growth of nerve cells creating the potential to help repair the brain and thereby prevent neurodegenerative problems associated with dementia such as Alzheimer’s. Allegorical support for the benefits of turmeric includes the low incidence of Alzheimer’s in areas such as India where turmeric (contained in their curry) is a staple in their daily diet.

Neurons form new connections and also grow and multiply in the brain. A growth hormone, essential to this process is BDNF ( Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor). This hormone decreases as you grow older. Decreased levels of BDNF are linked to brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease, depression (see below) and age-related decreases in cognitive functions. Curcumin has been shown to increase levels of BDNF.

Anti-Inflammation:

Inflammation is part of the body’s natural defense system, repairing damage and fighting foreign invaders, but when short-term inflammation becomes chronic, appropriate therapeutic interventions are needed. Turmeric displays powerful anti-inflammatory effects. Given the fact that inflammation is linked to a wide spectrum of health issues including heart disease, metabolic syndrome, arthritis, and degenerative nervous system disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease and contributes significantly to the aging process, turmeric makes a great daily supplement to your diet. The protein tangles know as Amyloid plaque are a feature of Alzheimer’s disease that Curcumin can help to clear. In doing so, Turmeric may prove to help slow down and even reverse of progression of Alzheimer’s.

Curcumin supplementation has shown the ability to effectively improve the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis (joint inflammation) due to is anti-inflammatory prowess. Turmeric is a highly effective anti-inflammatory and as powerful as anti-inflammatory drugs that have a long list of negative side effects. Curcumin acts on the molecular level to block NF-kB, a molecule that travels into the nucleus of cells and turns on the gene expression for inflammation. This effectively interrupts the inflammation cycle.

Antixodiant Capacity:

A wide range of diseases and effects of aging are associated with free radical imbalance. Excessive free radicals that attack our healthy cells are kept in check by antioxidants. Curcumin has a double antioxidant effect. It contains strong antioxidant compounds that neutralize free radicals and, at the same time, boosts the body’s natural ability to synthesize the enzymes that act as our endogenous antioxidants. It acts along both of these metabolic pathways at the same time.

Cancer Protection:

Studies show that Curcumin reduces the growth of blood vessels in tumors, reduces metastasis (spread of cancer) and contributes to apoptosis (the death of cancer cells). The fact that Curcumin can treat cancer in humans has yet to be proven, however there is evidence that it may prevent some cancers from occurring in the first place, specifically cancers of the digestive system (such as colon cancer). In a study of 44 people with lesions of the colon that tend to turn cancerous, 4 grams of Curcumin per day for 30 days reduced the number of lesions by 40{62ee4aa87c545dd3f591a1d18d3c35c945faf6240dc018d87ac771ae9cf46340}.

Cardiac Health:

Heart disease, the greatest killer of mankind, is a complicated matter with various contributing factors. One of the major causes of heart disease is endothelial dysfunction which is the inability of the endothelium to regulate blood pressure, blood clotting and other factors. Studies attribute Curcumin with improvements in endothelial function as effective as the drug Atorvastatin. This is in addition to the reduction of inflammation and oxidation which greatly affect cardiac health.

In a study involving 121 patients undergoing coronary artery bypass surgery, the patients were randomized to either placebo or 4 grams of Curcumin per day, only a few days before and after the surgery. The Curcumin group demonstrated a 65{62ee4aa87c545dd3f591a1d18d3c35c945faf6240dc018d87ac771ae9cf46340} decreased risk of heart attack in the hospital.

Anti- Depressant:

Curcumin shows promise as an anti-depressant. Depression is linked to reduced levels of brainderived neurotrophic factor (BNDF – a brain growth hormone) and a shrinking hippocampus (the area of the brain associated with learning and memory). Curcumin has been shown to boost levels of BNDF and there is evidence that curcumin boosts neurotransmitters in the brain such as serotonin and dopamine. In a study of 60 patients suffering from depression, Curcumin was shown to be as effective as Prozac in alleviating symptoms of depression.

Anti-Aging:

Given curcumin’s anti- inflammatory and antioxidant capabilities, support of heart function, and defense and prevention against cancer and neurodegenerative disorders, Turmeric has become known as an anti-aging supplement.

Female reproductive system support:

Turmeric plays an important role in supporting the female reproductive system. Estrogen is a female sex hormone essential for fertility and menstrual cycle function. Turmeric has activities mimicking the activity of estrogen. Turmeric is known to decrease pain during periods. Thai scientists have investigated Turmeric’s antispasmodic action which can help regulate menstrual cramps. Back pain and body aches associated with menstrual cycles. Rather than taking painkillers with a host of negative side effects, turmeric’s strong anti-inflammatory effects address this pain without any known negative side effects.

Turmeric stimulates blood flow including in the pelvis and uterus. This helps to remove and purify stagnant blood which, in turn, helps to normalize menstruation and bring the uterus back into proper shape as well as function.

Endometriosis is a disease affecting approximately 15{62ee4aa87c545dd3f591a1d18d3c35c945faf6240dc018d87ac771ae9cf46340} of women of reproductive age and can lead to infertility. It’s causes are not fully understood, but hormonal imbalance (specifically excess estrogen) and oxidative stress seem to play a significant role in its mediation. Curcumin (the main ingredient in Turmeric) modulates the secretion of estrogen and its antioxidant activity can help to repress oxidative stress related to endometriosis and it’s causing infertility in women.

Non-cancerous tumors growing in the walls of the uterus (“uterine fibroids”) develop in 80{62ee4aa87c545dd3f591a1d18d3c35c945faf6240dc018d87ac771ae9cf46340} of women by the age of 50. The powerful anti-inflammatory properties of Curcumin inhibit the growth and reduce proliferation of uterine fibroids. Cancers and tumors and specifically the growth and proliferation of breast cancer are treated with turmeric which may help to inhibit breast cancer cells from secreting factors that are necessary for the progression of the cancer to other organs. India, with the world’s highest consumption of turmeric has the world’s lowest incidence of breast cancer.
Ovarian cancer (the leading cause of deadly gynecological cancer) is treated with turmeric which has been shown to inhibit the growth of ovarian cancer cells and cervical cancer can be kept in check with the use of turmeric to act against estradiol – a female sex hormone which promotes the progression of cervical cancer.

Women may take uterine medications to stimulate frequency and intensity of contractions. Turmeric is a mild and relatively safe uterine stimulant. This can be a problem with pregnant or lactating mothers and, in such cases, this and other products using turmeric should be taken only after consultation with your doctor.

To dramatically increase the absorption of Curcumin into the bloodstream it is helpful to consume black pepper (which contains piperine) which enhances the absorption of Curcumin by up to 20 times. For this reason our premium freeze dried Curcumin powder contains appropriate levels of black pepper.