Female Health and hormonal balance ..let me introduce Viridians female Herbal Complex.

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Herbal Female Complex

  •  Shatavari - Shatavari is actually a species of asparagus, that is native to India and the Himalayas. It has a traditional application as a female adaptogen. It is naturally high in isoflavones - the well known phytoestrogens found in soya foods (Saxena et al, 2010). It has been used in Ayurvedic medicine as an antispasmodic, against menstrual cramps, and is also believed to be a uterine tonic - helping to regulate uterine function during different stages of the menstrual cycle. In this context, it is sometimes referred to as a uterine sedative, as many studies have confirmed its ability to reduce excessive spasmodic activity of the uterus wall (Goyal et al, 2003)

  •  Oat Seed - Oats have been used as a restorative remedy for centuries. It had a specific usage for those with nervous disorders, particularly nervous exhaustion. Of most relevance here is the impact that oats have upon cholesterol. One issue that arises in women of menopausal age, is an elevation of LDL cholesterol, as estrogen levels fall. Oats contain a compound called beta glucan, which is a type of soluble fibre that has been shown in several clinical trials to bind to LDL cholesterol, carrying it out of the body via the bowel.

  •  Holy Basil - Holy basil, known as ‘Tulsi’ in Ayurvedic medicine, for centuries. It is a well known anti-inflammatory, working as a natural COX-2 inhibitor. It is also a highly regarded adaptogen, helping to reduce the physiological impact of stress, such as prolonged cortisol elevation. In this context, holy basil is a wonderful mood stabiliser, and stress reliever.

  •  Red Clover - Red clover is one of the all time classic female herbs. They are a rich source of isoflavones, commonly nicknamed ‘phyto-estrogens’. These include genistein, diadzein and formononetin. These compounds bind to oestrogen receptors on responsive tissues and reduce the severity of estrogen deficiency symptoms, such as hot flushes (Van de Weijer & Barensten, 2002).

  •  Sage - Sage is another herb that has a long standing tradition in Women’s health. Sage is well known as an antispasmodic, inhibiting serotonin and acetylcholine mediated tissue contractions, which suggests some potential application in menstrual dysfunction (Barnes et al, 2002). It has commonly been used as a remedy for hot flushes, associated with the menopause. There are century’s worth of empirical data for this application, although there is very little in the way of clinical data.

  •  Fennel - Fennel has been used in the herbal practice of virtually every single culture on earth. It is most often used as a digestive tonic, to ease bloating and digestive cramps. Recently however, it has been discovered that fennel seeds contain significant levels of phytoestrogens which can bind to oestrogen receptors, reducing some of the symptom patterns that are associated with declining oestrogen levels. Compounds in fennel are also known to enhance liver function, which can have a bearing on oestrogen recycling. Fennel seeds have also traditionally been used to encourage the flow of breast milk.

  •  Artichoke - Artichokes have been used in herbal medicine in the British Isles for decades. It has long been viewed as a liver herb, and has found its way into all manner of detox products and regimes. Artichoke has a valid reputation in the management of elevated LDL cholesterol levels. The active constituents in artichoke, caffeoylquinic acids have been shown to notably reduce cholesterol biosynthesis (Fintelmann & Menssen, 1996).

    Dosage - 1-3 capsules daily with food.
    Potential Applications - Menopausal symptoms - hot flushes, oestrogen deficiency.

    Elevated cholesterol - reduction in cholesterol biosynthesis in the liver. Mood elevation/stress reduction. Known Contraindications - Sage leaf should be avoided during pregnancy.

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