When it comes to choices – whether that be for food, clothing, fragrance, skincare or solutions promising to help us through perimenopause and beyond – there’s no shortage of options.
And therein lies the problem.
How do we know what to choose?
What will be best for us?
We understand the confusion. Heck, we’ve been there too!
So stick with me and I’ll walk you through the benefits of 40+ and 55+ and how they measure up in the laboratory.
Let me begin by saying that since I’ve been working to help women through their menopausal journey I can’t tell you how often I’ve heard “I’ve tried everything and nothing works”.
If that sounds familiar let me ask you if you used the product as directed? And most importantly did you give it time to work?
The Secret Sauce
As a rule, we need to give a product about three months to really get up to speed. For some people, results happen much faster but you might be throwing the baby out with the bathwater if you give up in the early stages. Similarly, if you begin to experience some of the signs again stick with it, it may just be your body having a surge and it will settle down again.
There is no one size fits all and what works for one woman may not work for another but some solutions are safer and have more scientific studies behind them than others. It’s why we stand behind 40+ and 55+. The science has spoken.
Choosing a product that’s been through a series of scientific trials where evidence of its efficacy, side effects and – crucially – safety profile have been studied is key. Using it as directed for at least 12 weeks is also important.
As women, we can experience some pretty strong hormonal swings and shifts from puberty through to post-menopause with many of the signs and conditions stemming from hormone imbalance. Research has shown that the world we live in with its growing levels of stress, environmental pollution, and standard supermarket diets can exacerbate these imbalances so there’s the potential to get hit with a double whammy.
Estrogen (along with progesterone) is one of our main sex hormones and drives things like our periods and fertility. Its also a big contributor to how our journey through menopause goes. In many ways, it’s the hormone that defines our quality of life and is often referred to as the ‘little giant’ in our bodies. This is because it’s behind our breast formation, our womanly figures, bone strength, fat distribution and the collagen production in our skin.
Estrogen is also essential to our heart, brain, oral and vaginal health.
As we head into perimenopause our estrogen levels begin to fluctuate wildly and at any one time can be high or low as they begin the descent to the eventual cessation of ovarian estrogen production. When this happens, though we do still produce some estrogen in our bodies the levels are much-reduced affecting all of the above.
With that in mind, let me tell you about EstroG-100™ – the estrogen balancing herbs we include in 40+and 55+.
When we’re talking about 40+ and 55+, the hormone-balancing ingredients we refer to are known as EstroG-100™. This is a collective term for a trio of herbs known as cynanchum wilfordii, phlomus umbrosa and angelica gigas nakai which have been used in Asia for over 400 years.
A Korean doctor, Dr Jae Kim, discovered the three herbs, used together, helped women through their menopausal journey from pre-menopause through to post-menopause. He undertook an extensive project when he set out to find if any safe, well-known herbs used would help menopausal women. After testing 71 different herbs in different combinations he hit the jackpot with these three in the early 2000s. Since then, EstroG-100™ has been forging a trail through the women’s health market landing in Australasia just four years ago.
Once Dr Kim identified the EstroG-100™ trio he put them through numerous tests and the results have been impressive.
There is something called the Kupperman Index which measures women’s quality of life and EstroG-100™ rated very well on the scale for improving side effects of pre-, peri and post-menopause including:
- Hot flushes
- Night sweats
- Mood swings
- Joint pain
- Paresthesia (numbness in hands and feet)
- Formication (an itchy feeling of bugs crawling under the skin)
No Side Effects
EstroG-100™ achieved this without any side effects such as weight gain, changes in blood sugar, cholesterol or blood pressure.
This is a valuable point because scientific studies have detected some adverse effects with ingredients such as black cohosh which has been associated with vaginal bleeding or spotting and liver damage in some cases. Some isoflavones too can have a hormone-like action so are not advised for women who have had, or are at risk of, breast cancer.
HRT came under fire when the National Institute of Health (NIH) sponsored 8.5-year study with 16,000 subjects to estimate the benefits and risks of HRT. The study was terminated early at five years with increased risks of breast cancer (26%), CVD (22%), stroke (41%), coronary heart disease (29%), blood clots (100%), Alzheimer’s (100%)
More recently the study was pronounced flawed however many women prefer to avoid the medicalised route and prefer natural options.
Interesting fact: cynanchum wilfordii and phlomus umbrosa are listed with the WHO (World Health Organisation) as liver protective.
Taking a closer look:
Not only did EstroG-100™ rate well on the Kupperman Index it was also shown to have some significant benefits that are important to know.
Many women have issues with vaginal dryness which can make sexual intercourse uncomfortable. The improvement from EstroG-100™ for vaginal dryness in studies was impressive.
Bone Mineral Density
Another result that was good news was that EstroG-100™ had a very positive effect on bone mineral density.
Scientific studies showed EstroG-100™ could actually inhibit estrogen-stimulated (hormone-dependent) mitogenesis in estrogen-dependent MCF-7 human breast cancer cells, which essentially means that it can be safely used by women who have been through or are at risk of breast cancer.
One of the byproducts of using EstroG-100™ is an improvement to skin moisturisation, shine and plumpness.
In a nutshell, when EstroG-100™ came about in the 2000s women found it had better efficacy than what they were using previously – 86 per cent of people experienced a decrease in menopausal symptoms as opposed to 38 per cent.
Here’s a graph of comparison’s of some of the wider known alternatives to help you:
|EstroG-100™||Pomegranate||Soy Isoflavones||Black Cohosh||HRT|
|Improved symptoms||√ x 10||√ x 1 (hot flush)||√ Some||√ Partially, some||√ Improved|
|Improved vaginal dryness||√||0||0||0||√|
|Side effects||0||0||Possible cancer related||Liver damage||Unsure|
Hope this helps!
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