The hormonal changes experienced during the menopause – which can cause a range of distressing symptoms from hot flushes, mood swings, fatigue and anxiety to adrenal exhaustion, vaginal dryness and loss of libido – can soon leave women feeling miserable, debilitated and frustrated. If that wasn’t bad enough, rapidly declining oestrogen levels (a hormone that protects bone health) also increase the risk of osteoporosis.
Apart from HRT – which is linked to everything from increasing the risk of cardiovascular disease to cancers of the breast, uterus and ovaries – doctors have little else to offer women going through the menopause.1,2
Fortunately, there are excellent natural alternatives to HRT, which avoid the drug’s risks and side effects and mean you needn’t suffer unnecessarily. A number of these remarkable remedies have been combined together in a new supplement from Pukka Herbs called Womankind Menopause. It contains the adaptogenic (hormone balancing) herb shatavari, a natural vitamin B complex to boost energy levels, vitamin D to benefit bone health, plus sage, pomegranate, ashwagandha, turmeric, aloe vera, calcerous algae, seaweed, ginger and spirulina.
The formula is designed to provide natural hormonal balance and support for women aged 45-plus to help alleviate unpleasant symptoms like hot flushes, in addition to boosting energy levels and restoring vitality and vigour throughout the menopausal transition.
Shatavari helps ease menopause symptoms by regulating oestrogen levels
The key ingredient in Womankind Menopause is the herb shatavari, also known as Indian asparagus, which can grow both in humid jungles and in extremely arid conditions… highlighting just how adaptable it is. In fact the herb is what is known as an adaptogen, meaning that it helps the body cope with stress more effectively and regulates hormone levels according to your body’s requirements.
Shatavari contains what are called hormonal precursors, which help the body adjust to a drop in oestrogen levels experienced during the menopause. The herb has been used for thousands of years in India as a tonic for women at all stages of their lives – it is used for everything from regulating menstruation and ovulation, relieving morning sickness and boosting fertility, to helping to lower inflammation, improve libido and alleviate menopause symptoms.
Unfortunately, growth in demand for shatavari has led to over-exploitation of the herb, and in parts of its natural habitat it’s now considered endangered. As a result Pukka Herbs makes sure it only sources shatavari for inclusion in Womankind Menopause from organic farms where they know it has been sustainably grown.
In addition, Pukka Herbs use a special extraction process to help ensure the shatavari in their formula retains all the beneficial bioactive compounds found in the herb, which they claim makes it ‘10 times more concentrated’ compared with other shatavari supplements on the market.
The remaining ingredients in the formula help improve energy levels, libido, bone health and more…
The vitamin B complex in Womankind Menopause is made up of holy basil, lemon and guava. This concentration of natural B vitamins is formulated to help the body fight fatigue. Holy basil (Ocimum sanctum) is a source of vitamin B3 and, like shatavari, is an adaptogen with a long history of use in Ayurevdic medicine for helping the body to better adapt to emotional and physical stress.
Lemon supplies vitamin B5, which helps alleviate adrenal stress and boosts energy levels. Guava also provides vitamin B5, as well as vitamins B3 (which
can help improve libido) and B6 (another powerful energy booster).
Vitamin D, provided by the inclusion of mushroom in the formula, enhances the body’s ability to absorb calcium from the diet and is important for maintaining strong, healthy bones.
Pomegranate acts as an anti-inflammatory and may help counter the excessive production of heat and sweat during the menopause to prevent hot flushes. It also has a long history of traditional use for improving female health in general, and for increasing energy and stimulating the libido.
Ashwagandha, known as Indian ginseng, is renowned for being a potent aphrodisiac and energy booster. For centuries it has been used in Ayurvedic medicine to ease stress, support the immune system, and promote inner calm and mental clarity. It’s also beneficial for overcoming chronic fatigue (including adrenal fatigue), insomnia and anxiety. Its anti-stress action is believed to result from its ability to balance levels of the stress hormone cortisol during times of pressure.3
Turmeric has numerous proven health benefits, especially when it comes to lowering inflammation. As a phytoestrogen it helps balance oestrogen levels in the body, which in turn can help alleviate menopause symptoms.
Sage and aloe vera can also help relieve menopause symptoms, hot flushes in particular. Aloe vera is also beneficial for maintaining proper liver function and detoxing, and since all hormones end up having to be processed through the liver, it could play an important role in helping to encourage hormonal balance in the body.
Calcareous algae (algae that grow on limestone or in soil containing lime) can assist in strengthening bones and supporting them when oestrogen levels are low. Calcareous algae is high in calcium and also contains magnesium, both of which are vital for good bone health.
Seaweed and ginger both benefit gut health and improve the body’s absorption of nutrients. Spirulina has gained a reputation in recent years for being a super food and with good reason. In addition to strengthening the immune system it could help with weight control during the menopause.
What to take for best results
The recommended dosage for Womankind Menopause is one or two capsules a day. It is organic, free from GM, dairy, wheat and gluten, and suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
Contraindications: There are no known contraindications but, as always, you are advised to seek advice from a healthcare professional before taking any new supplement.
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