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Perimenopause ingredients

  • Chasteberry Fruit Extract

    Chasteberry Fruit Extract is a shrub from the Verbena family found is Central Asia and the Mediterranean Sea along riverbanks and foothills. The violet flower will bloom and a small peppercorn sized fruit with a peppermint smell grows. Chasteberry Fruit Extract is used to treat a number of hormonal-related symptoms experienced by women. It was originally thought that the Chasteberry Fruit Extract promoted “chastity” to decrease sexual desire.

    Chasteberry Fruit Extract is thought to treat PMS, period disorders, acne, infertility, Peri-Menopause and Menopause. Some countries use it for infertility, digestive, anti-fungal and anti-anxiety problems. For PMS, Peri-Menopause and Menopause, Chasteberry Fruit Extract has been well-researched to treat irritability, mood swings, headaches, anxiety, depression, food cravings, constipation and breast tenderness. It may also help with hot flashes, night sweats and insomnia.

    Side effects are infrequent but can include nausea, upset stomach, dizziness, feeling tired, dry mouth rash, headaches, acne and heavier periods.

    You cannot take Chasteberry Fruit Extract if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Don’t take Chasteberry Fruit Extract is you are taking medications that affect the pituitary gland including Bromocriptine. Consult your health care providers before taking Chasteberry Fruit Extract.

  • Chromium

    Chromium is a mineral also known as an essential trace element. Chromium is used to improve blood sugar in people in diabetes, depression, weight loss, increase muscle mass, decrease body fat, improve energy and prevent age-related mental decline. Chromium is thought to be helpful for those with Prediabetes, Diabetes, high cholesterol, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), improving athletic performance, obesity, Schizophrenia, Atypical Depression, Dementia, Bipolar disorder, low blood sugar, Heart disease, Turner’s Syndrome and high blood sugar related to steroid use.

    Chromium is thought to be helpful in PMS, Peri-Menopause and Menopause in reducing mood symptoms and improved overall health satisfaction during these hormonal cycles.

    Side effects are infrequent and include skin irritation, headaches, dizziness, nausea, mood changes, confusion and impaired coordination. High doses can also lead to blood disorders and liver or kidney damage.

    There are certain medications that cannot be used with Chromium. Antacids, Steroids, H2 Blockers, Insulin, Beta-blockers, Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are just some of the medications that cannot be used with Chromium. Consult your health care providers before taking Chromium.

  • Collactive Low Molecular Weight Marine Collagen

    CollactiveTM is a 100% marine-based, all natural ingredient composed of collagen and elastin polypeptides present in the same ratio that is naturally found in the connective tissue in the skin.

    CollactiveTM is a natural ingredient that helps improve the moisture and decreases the number of deep wrinkles in the skin. It stimulates the skin to life and tone sagging areas and minimizes lines and wrinkles. Collactive has an antiaging action with potent antioxidant properties that protect the skin against environmental damage. It’s truly protecting with anti-aging effects with beauty from within.

  • CoQ10

    Coenzyme Q10, also known as ubiquinone, is a naturally occurring antioxidant that is a significant part of the body’s mechanism for producing energy. CoQ10 is found in every living cell in our body.

    CoQ10 is thought to be helpful for the heart muscle to work efficiently and protect against heart disease and those who have suffered a heart attack. It’s also been found to be useful for people with congestive heart failure, Cardiomyopathy, Parkinson’s, hypertension, diabetes, kidney disease, migraine headaches and certain types of cancer. CoQ10 may reduce wrinkles and increase skin elasticity around the eyes, nose and lips. It is also thought to improve symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome, increase energy and physical performance which is helpful for those suffering from PMS. Other studies have found improvement in periodontal disease, sports performance enhancement, tinnitus, sperm count and motility and pregnancy induced hypertension.

    Side effects of CoQ10 include upper abdominal pain, loss of appetite, nausea, diarrhea, headaches, insomnia, rashes, fatigue, dizziness, light sensitivity and irritability.

    CoQ10 should not be taken if you have severe heart disease, are pregnant or breastfeeding. If you take anticoagulants such as Coumadin you should not take CoQ10. Many medications interfere with CoQ10 including Mevacor, Zocar, Pravachol, Methyldopa, red yeast rice, oral diabetes medications, beta-blockers, antipsychotic drugs, and Clonidine, Hydralazine. Consult your doctor before taking CoQ10.

  • Cynatine HNS

    Cynatine HNS is a revolutionary cosmeceutical ingredient comprised of Solubilized Keratin, a protein found naturally in the body. Cynatine HNS supplements the body with bioavailable keratin which aids in protecting and repairing damaged hair, nails and skin.

    Hair Care: Cynatine HNS is able to bond with hair in the body and has been shown to reduce hair loss from washing, improve hair strength and improve the brightness and luster of hair.

    Nail Care: Cynatine is capable of binding with the nail and providing improved strength, elasticity and moisture retention.

    Skin Care:

    • Cynatine reduces fine lines and wrinkles through its zinc and copper complexes bound to proteins.
    • Cynatine promotes firmness and elasticity in skin by improving the protein structure and improving moisture retention
    • Cynatine reduces redness from inflammation or sensitive skin by blocking PGE2 production
    • Cynatine improves the brightness and radiance of skin through its natural antioxidant properties and its ability to promote SOD and glutathione production.
  • Fenugreek

    Fenugreek extract supports women in maintaining a healthy quality of life. This extract has been clinically shown to promote a woman’s healthy sexual vitality and desire, as well as help alleviate normal symptoms of menopause. Fenugreek has been shown to support a healthy sexual desire in women, promote sexual vitality, quality of life in menopause, reduce normal symptoms of night sweats and hot flashes in menopause and a healthy sexual experience. Fenugreek also promotes a healthy quality of life in peri-menopause and menopause.

    Fenugreek has also been shown to relieve symptoms of hormonal imbalance, cramps, mood swings, depression, anxiety, food cravings and headaches.

  • Folic Acid in the form of Quatrefolic

    Folic acid in its reduced form is more biologically active by the body. Useable or active folic acid is known as methylated folic acid. Already methylated, Quatrefolic, was created to bypass this complicated bodily process and allow folic acid to be easily used by the body. Some people are genetically unable to turn folic acid into an active or useable form in their body.

    Useable folic acid has a number of health benefits since it’s involved in the role of cell division, DNA synthesis and human growth and development. Folic acid is needed 1 to 3 months before getting pregnant in creating a healthy spine of a growing embryo. It is also helpful during pregnancy and breast feeding.

    Experts believe the power of Folic Acid goes beyond these conditions and adequate intake may reduce the risk of heart disease, hypertension, stroke and reduce homocysteine levels in our blood. High homocysteine levels could be a risk for heart disease. Folic Acid may improve depression, memory, Alzheimer disease, energy and cognitive functioning and reduce the risk of colorectal cancer.

    There are certain medications that should be used with caution when taking Folic acid. They include aspirin, anti-inflammatory medications, drugs that reduce stomach acid, Phenytoin , heart and pancreatic medications, Methotrexate and Green and Black tea. Consult your health care providers before taking Folic Acid.

  • Ginkgo Biloba

    Ginkgo Biloba comes from one of the oldest species of trees in the world, the Ginkgo Biloba tree. In China there are trees over 2,500 years old. It’s often thought of as a “living fossil” since it has survived major extinction events. The Ginkgo Biloba extract comes from the dried green leaves of the plant. Long ago it was used to help sooth bladder infections, asthma, treat gonorrhea, bed wetting, and intestinal worms and increase sexual energy.

    It’s also been used to treat blood disorders, anxiety, memory and cognitive function, improve eye health and reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease. Ginkgo biloba has been thought to help with cognitive function although the research is inconsistent. It’s thought to improve thinking and memory, social behavior in people with dementia and Alzheimer’s. Ginkgo biloba appears to be “more effective than a placebo” when it comes to improving dementia.

    Some of the side effects of Ginko Biloba include nausea, diarrhea, dizziness, headaches, stomach ache, restlessness and vomiting.

    You cannot take Ginkgo Biloba if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Ginkgo Biloba should not be taken with certain types of SSRI and MAOI’s antidepressants and blood thinners including aspirin and ibuprofen. Also don’t take it if you have epilepsy. Consult your health care providers before taking Ginkgo Biloba.

  • Ground Flax Meal

    Ground Flaxseed meal is cold milled to preserve the nutritional oils rich in omega-3 fatty acids. It’s also a perfect source of fiber, fat and protein This powerful antioxidant has many health benefits including improved digestions and a reduced risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and cancer.

  • Hyaluronic acid

    Hyaluronic acid is derived from the fermentation process of wheat with certain forms of bacteria. After purification it becomes the perfect moisturizer. It is found in the skin, connective tissue and eyes with the main function to retain water and keep the tissues lubricated and moist. Clinically researched benefits of hyaluronic acid include preventing aging, redness and dryness of the skin. Hyaluronic acid reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Hyaluronic acid is also effective in reducing joint pain in people with osteoarthritis.

  • L-Theanine

    L-Theanine is a water-soluble amino acid that has a direct relaxing and antioxidant effect on brain activity. L-Theanine is thought to lower stress, anxiety and promote relaxation without drowsiness. When taking L-Theanine it’s thought to increase focus, attention, alertness, mood and feeling less tired especially when taking it with caffeine.

    L-Theanine may improve the body’s immune system, inflammation in the intestinal tract, quality of sleep, blood pressure and boost cilia movement in the nose.

    You may have to limit the amount of caffeine you are taking when using L-Theanine, especially if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Do not take L-Theanine if you are taking chemotherapy drugs or taking large amounts of green tea or caffeinated drinks. Consult your health care providers before taking L-Theanine.

  • Passion Flower Extract

    The Native Americans and Peruvians and Spaniards have been using the over 500 species of the passion flower for centuries. The Spanish explorers and Christians named this plant since it resembled a crucifix and its association to “the Passion” which was used to describe the end of Jesus Christ’s life.

    Passion Flower Extract (PFE) is used to treat a number of hormonal-related symptoms experienced by women. Passion Flower Extract is thought to treat anxiety, insomnia, and digestive problems.

    Passion Flower Extract has been proven clinically to treat women with Menopause, Peri-Menopausal and PMS symptoms including hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, mood swings, anxiety, and fatigue.

    It is not a phytoestrogen (doesn’t act like estrogen in the body) like soy or black cohosh, so can safely be used by women with breast cancer suffering from Menopause or Peri-Menopausal symptoms.

    Side effects of Passion Flower Extract are infrequent and include dizziness, confusion and sleepiness.

    You cannot take Passion Flower Extract if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Passion Flower should not be taken with sedative medications. Consult your health care providers before taking Passion Flower Extract.

  • Resveratrol

    Resveratrol is a micronutrient that’s part of a group of compounds called polyphenols. We consume Resveratrol through plant-based foods or supplements which acts like a powerful antioxidant.

    Resveratrol is thought to improve digestion, weight management, diabetes, cardiovascular and neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s.

    Resveratrol is also believed to help with aging, obesity and disease prevention.

  • Royal Jelly

    Royal jelly is made by honey bees. It’s a creamy white substance produced by these bees which is fed to queen bees and their offspring. With its high nutrient content including unique proteins, carbohydrates, fatty acids, B vitamins, polyphenols and minerals it has been used for centuries to help with a number of chronic medical conditions and physical aches and pains. Its thought to have powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects on the body. More research is still needed to validate some of its benefits but traditional healers are convinced that it has a profound benefit to health and wellness.

    Some suggested benefits include reducing heart disease by lowering cholesterol levels and blood pressure, support wound healing and skin repair with an antibacterial effect, improve blood sugar levels and insulin sensitivity, improve memory, improve dry eyes, reduce side effects of cancer treatment, reduce symptoms of aging, improve skin quality, wrinkle reduction and improve hair growth. Royal Jelly is thought to support a healthy immune system. Medical research is lagging behind many of these claims.

    Royal Jelly is thought to mimic estrogen and help symptoms associated with PMS, Peri-menopause and Menopause including hot flashes, night sweats, depression, anxiety, acne, poor memory.

    Side effects of Royal Jelly are infrequent but include allergic asthma, anaphylaxis and contact dermatitis.

    If you have allergies to bee stings or pollen you should not use Royal Jelly. Consult your health care providers before taking Royal Jelly.


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