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  • Hormones: A Delicate Balance

    TIM womanHormones can be the cause of a variety of health concerns—from teen acne to mood swings to, eventually, hot flashes. And they can get out of balance for a variety of reasons, says Rebecca Phillips, doctor of chiropracty at our Albuquerque store. Fortunately there are solutions for bringing them back to the right levels, and treating the associated symptoms in the meantime.

    If it seems though a person’s symptoms do lean toward hormonal imbalance, Rebecca will often recommend a saliva test, available without a prescription from our pharmacies. The tests reveal levels of estrogen, progesterone and the adrenal glands. Within 10 days, she says, they’ll have a much better idea of how to help address their issues, and the data can be used as a baseline for future tests.

    If estrogen is low, for example, Rebecca would recommend something like black cohosh, which mimics the presence of estrogen in the body to relieve symptoms like hot flashes. If the levels are totally out of balance, she might recommend pregnenolone, which converts to either DHEA or progesterone, depending on the body’s needs (we carry Pure Encapsulations’ Pregnenolone). Maca also which offers natural support for hormone balance.

    While awaiting test results, Rebecca says, she will often recommend supplements that can help ease symptoms on their own. “If they have sleep issues, for example, we can give them GABA,” she says. Or if they’re experiencing hot flashes at night, it may be a nutrition issue. “Sometimes people’s diets are just too high in sugar and that’s fueling the fire.” That’s when she might recommend a green powder, like those from Vibrant Greens, to help cool the body.

    Green foods are also an important way to support the liver and ensure proper filtering of estrogen, which is key, Rebecca says, for avoiding hormonal surges of acne in your teen years and beyond. “Most people that have adult acne need to get off sugars and onto lean proteins and greens.”

    The adrenal factor

    “Our hormones don’t come just from our ovaries,” Rebecca says. Throughout our lifetime, 25 percent come from our adrenal glands, which convert pregnenolone into DHEA, progesterone or cortisol depending on what the body needs. Because it works so hard, it’s often depleted during high-stress periods.

    But after menopause, when the ovaries have stopped producing hormones of their own, our bodies rely on the adrenals for all of our hormone balance. “If your 25 percent is up and functional, you might not experience the hot flashes.” But if you’re over-stressed, there’s a good chance you’re operating on less than 25 percent, and can experience exacerbated menopause symptoms. That’s why it’s so important to practice good stress management habits throughout our lives. A Pharmaca practitioner can also talk to you about adaptogenic herbs such as eleuthero and rhodiola—or even specific herbal formulas—that can be helpful in nourishing the adrenals.

    Ask a Pharmaca practitioner for guidance if you feel your hormones are out of balance.

  • Healthy Supplements for Healthy Aging

    From our friends at Pure Encapsulations

    Supporting healthy aging and longevity is a focal point for many, especially as we continue to live longer. While a healthy diet and regular exercise are essential factors in promoting optimal health and functioning throughout your life, nutritional supplements are also an integral component of any healthy aging plan. Pure Encapsulations offers a wide variety of high-quality formulas that specifically target age-related health goals like optimizing cognitive function, boosting immune health, supporting energy levels and maintaining a strong antioxidant defense.

    To highlight a few:

    Now with Metafolin L-5-MTHF
    This broad-spectrum, multi-nutrient supplement provides exceptional nutritional support for daily wellness, as well as focused support for optimal glucose utilization and cardiovascular and liver health. Utilizing some of the most highly recognized antioxidants, nutrients and botanicals, UltraNutrient features alpha lipoic acid, coenzyme Q10 and reduced glutathione, as well as standardized extracts of hawthorn, ginger, milk thistle and turmeric. This best-selling formula also offers activated forms of vitamins and minerals recognized for their enhanced bioavailability and potency, including L-5MTHF, riboflavin 5’ phosphate and pyridoxal 5’ phosphate.*

    DHEA, or dehydroepiandrosterone, is the most abundant adrenal steroid hormone in the body. Naturally made by the adrenal glands, DHEA travels into cells throughout the body where it is converted into androgens and estrogens. These hormones regulate fat and mineral metabolism, endocrine and reproductive function, and energy levels. The amount of each hormone conversion depends on an individual's biochemistry, age and sex. Research indicates that supplementing with DHEA may be associated with promoting healthy emotional wellbeing, immune function, lean body mass and sexual function. Research also indicates that DHEA levels peak around age 25 and then decline steadily. Pure Encapsulations DHEA is micronized to increase absorption and is made with 99 percent pure, pharmaceutical- grade DHEA. Speak with a practitioner about which dosage strength might be right for you.*

    Pregnenolone, 3-alpha-hydroxy-5-beta-pregnen-20-one, is a natural steroid hormone produced in the body from cholesterol. It has been described as the “grandmother of all steroid hormones,” since all steroid hormones—more than 150 of them—are derived from pregnenolone. Supplementing with pregnenolone has been linked with positive support of the immune system, mood and memory. In the body, it converts to DHEA and/or progesterone according to the body’s needs. Studies suggest that the body makes 60 percent less of this hormone at age 75 than it does at age 35, indicating a potential need for support with supplementation.*

    Resveratrol & Resveratrol EXTRA
    Resveratrol promotes cardiovascular health, helping to maintain healthy platelet function and arachidonic acid metabolism. Researchers from the Harvard Medical School suggest that it may also promote overall health, metabolic function and longevity. One capsule of Pure Encapsulations’ Resveratrol EXTRA contains 100 mg of trans resveratrol, the amount roughly equivalent to that found in an average of 66 bottles of red wine. This formula is combined with grape seed extract and red wine polyphenols for synergistic support of healthy cellular and cardiovascular function.*

    When you purchase Pure Encapsulations' supplements, you'll receive the highest quality nutritional supplements and health information available. Their dedication to ingredient quality, manufacturing excellence and quality control is the reason that Pure Encapsulations was voted the #1 Rated Healthcare Practitioner Brand† in 2010, for the third year in a row.


    Visit www.PureCaps.com or speak with a Pharmaca practitioner today about how Pure Encapsulations supplements may be a good option for you!

    † Based on customer satisfaction. Ratings based on results of the 2008, 2009 and 2010 ConsumerLab.com surveys of supplement users. More information at www.consumerlab.com.

    *These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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