From the teenage years to the senior years, each stage of a woman’s life brings unique health concerns. Here are a few of our practitioners’ favorite ways to stay healthy, strong and balanced.
Helps control menopause symptoms
A perennial plant from the buttercup family, black cohosh is a popular natural treatment for menopause symptoms. Several controlled trials and case series have shown it to be beneficial in controlling symptoms such as hot flashes, mood disturbances, excessive sweating and vaginal dryness.
Try: Pharmaca Black Cohosh (in liquid or pills).
Calcium (& co-factors!)
Supports bone density
Bone density loss as we mature is progressive and degenerative, especially for smaller-framed women. But supplementing with calcium alone is not adequate for bone repair; calcium needs essential cofactors such as vitamins K1, K2 and D3 to ensure it can build bone.
Try: Emerald Labs Osteo Bone Health
Natural relief for PMS
A shrub native to the Mediterranean and Central Asia, vitex has a long history of use in traditional medicine for women with menstrual problems and is now one of the most popular natural treatments for PMS. Numerous studies suggest that chasteberry may help reduce PMS symptoms such as breast tenderness, headache and irritable mood. Vitex also treats some menopausal symptoms, helps improve fertility and can calm hormonally induced acne.
Boosts your body’s stress response
A hardy plant from high-altitude areas of Europe and Asia, rhodiola rosea has traditionally been used to increase resistance to physical stress. Known as an adaptogenic herb, rhodiola also helps increase energy, stamina, strength and mental capacity. Other studies have shown it beneficial for improving athletic performance, and improving sexual function, depression and anxiety.
Supports hormone balance
This root crop grows primarily in the Peruvian Andes, and is a member of the cruciferous family. Also an adaptogen, maca is rich in nutrients that help support the body’s response to stress. It also has positive effects on energy, stamina and mood. But its hormone-balancing powers are what it’s most famous for: maca’s ability to control estrogen levels in the body make it beneficial for menopause, fertility, libido, PMS and more.
Try: HealthForce Maca Force
Urinary tract health
Cranberry is often used for prevention and treatment of urinary tract infections because it helps keep infection-causing bacteria from sticking to the walls of the bladder. Note: If you’re going to drink cranberry juice, ensure it’s free from sugar (which can exacerbate UTIs), or opt for a pure cranberry supplement.
Try: Jarrow Formulas Cran Clearance (use with Renew Life Ultimate Vaginal Support 50 Billion for enhanced results)
Combats yeast overgrowth
Candida overgrowth can easily develop in both women and men (though typically women see the signs and symptoms before men do because vaginal yeast overgrowth is uncomfortable and irritating). Candex is formulated with enzymes that break down the wall of the yeast cell, killing the organism. (Read more about candida’s symptoms and treatments.)
Try: Pure Essence Labs Candex Yeast Management System (use with Renew Life Ultimate Vaginal Support for best results)
Supports breast and cervical health
A phytonutrient found in cruciferous vegetables, DIM has unique benefits that improve estrogen metabolism. That’s important because of the prevalence of xenoestrogens (endocrine disrupters) in our food, medicines and skin care products (e.g. pesticides, parabens, phthalates, Bisphenol A, food dye and birth control pills). A build-up of xenoestrogens has been linked to harmful conditions such as breast, prostate and testicular cancer, infertility, endometriosis, early onset puberty and miscarriages.
Gaia Herbs Women’s Balance
For PMS and menopause support
Herbs in this blend naturally support the female reproductive system, particularly the hormone progesterone, which helps with symptoms of PMS and menopause. Additional St. John’s wort, blue vervain and wild oat help decrease tension and promote calmness.
Vaginal & urinary tract health
Beneficial bacteria supports flora in the female genitourinary tract—warding off infections such as UTIs, candida overgrowth and bacterial vaginosis. Bonus: probiotics’ beneficial bacteria in this formula also supports digestive and immune health.