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5 Herbal Supplements for Women’s Health

16 April 2018 No Comment
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Women’s health is a major concern for most people living in the United States. Even if you aren’t a woman, you are socially connected to dozens, hundreds, or thousands. Because women are such an integral part of the family, the workplace, and the broader culture, women’s health is an excellent barometer of a nation’s health priorities in general.

However, due to unique health needs related to reproductive and other issues, women’s health can be complex. Furthermore, due to limited access to quality healthcare for women, many women have to fine tune their health-focused lifestyle to prevent health concerns from taking center stage.

Herbs and supplements are some of the most popular ways women do just think. Here are some of the most important herbs for women, all of which are available from trusted purveyors around the web and your town.

Chyawanprash – Chyawanprash is a combination of many fruits, spices, nuts, and other ingredients. It has been used for hundreds of years in Ayurvedic medicine, and is also useful as a culinary ingredient. No two chyawanprash recipes are exactly alike, because each includes potentially dozens of ingredients. Usually, chyawanprash is a sweet, sour, sticky spread, with apparent health benefits related to general health and wellbeing, even according to studies.

Shatavari – Shatavari is another traditional Ayurvedic herbal medicine, traditionally used by all patients but especially women. Studies indicate that Shatavari’s reputation as a tonic may be well-founded, and that its implications for women’s reproductive health may also be reliable. Shatavari is in the asparagus family and is native to some locations and climates in South Asia.

Bladderwrack – Bladderwrack is different than the herbal supplements we’ve so far discussed because it is a kind of edible kelp. Studies show that bladderwrack may initiate effects within certain sex hormones, which in turn may help women who are at risk of certain chronic illnesses that can arise as women age. Bladderwrack may be used with pharmaceutical drugs related to these purposes, but only in consultation with a physician who can understand and explain the sum effect of the natural and synthetic chemicals.

Chaste Tree – Chaste tree is a berry that has been taken by women for centuries when they experience negative symptoms related to reproductive cycles. These effects may apply to mood or physical symptoms, and in some cases appear to make profound positive changes in the area of reproduction. Chaste tree gets its name because monks used to reportedly take it to reduce libido, but this effect has been shown to be something of a phantom. For women who take the supplement, the reproductive implications are often desirable.

Benfotiamine – Benfotiamine is a synthetic version of vitamin B1 (thiamine). One study seems to indicate that when women are deficient in vitamin B1 (or have related issues), certain substance and addiction problems may surface. Certain legal, popular intoxicants prove difficult for some women (and men) to consume in moderation, or not at all. The study linked showed that women who took the benfotiamine supplement for the course of the study seemed to have positive results when it came to substance dependency issues. Obviously, this is not a problem for all women, but for those who struggle in this way, benfotiamine may be an ally.

Women’s health is multifaceted, and there are many ways to treat all of its manifestations. In a day when it’s hard for some women to find or afford quality healthcare, natural supplements are a great way to take control of your wellbeing, without letting certain problems develop or progress to the point where serious medical intervention would be needed. Herbs like these are not a replacement for traditional healthcare, but they are a way for women to take ownership of their wellness in an important way.

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