When estrogen production declines and menopause begins, many chemical and hormonal changes take place that affect body and mind in far-reaching ways.
As it’s such an important hormone in the body, a drop in the level of this powerful chemical messenger means women become prone to a raft of physical symptoms such as; night sweats, chronic fatigue, and vaginal dryness. There are also psychological problems to contend with; depression, lack of libido, mood swings and memory loss are just some of the symptoms that can be experienced.
With so many changes taking place with this new life-stage, there’s a definite need to tackle the symptoms and to counter the increased propensity to long-term conditions like osteoporosis and heart disease that happen as a result of menopause.
Fortunately, these negative developments can be avoided safely, effectively and naturally with the help of a truly remarkable plant extract.
Produced by the ovaries, estrogen regulates the menstrual cycle, controls breast development and helps contribute to things like heart and bone health. When the cycle stops, estrogen is sourced in far-lesser quantities from body fat.
When these key signallers are no longer abundant, the body’s physiological orchestra becomes out of sync. Part of the reason there are symptoms associated with the menopause is that there are fluctuations in the amount of estrogens released into the body, but also a slow decrease in the production of hormones like estradiol, testosterone and progesterone.
As symptoms of this hormone imbalance manifest, hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is needed to counter this seismic internal change. Unfortunately, the media’s portrayal of HRT’s potential side effects has been heavily sensationalised. Basing its findings on a truly fractional increase in instances of breast cancer – using synthetically derived bio-identical hormones - two such subjective studies previously influenced opinion.
It’s now confirmed that HRT for menopause is not only safe, but highly beneficial – cutting the risk of heart disease by up to 50%. When we put this into the context of heart disease being the leading killer of men and women, this is a huge boost to longevity.
What’s also been established is that when HRT is started near to when the menopause sets in, side-effects are neutralised. The tests that formed the distorted (and thankfully now rectified) view of initial tests were based on subjects that started treating symptoms of menopause over ten years after the first symptoms appeared.
The plant known as Thai Kudzu or more commonly as Pueraria Mirifica has been at the heart of nothing short of a revelation when it comes to countering the symptoms and long-term health risks associated with the menopause.
Exclusively found growing in the mountainous areas of northern Thailand and parts of Burma, the compound-abundant plant, has been used for hundreds of years in food and medicinal treatments by the local populace. The plant was brought to my attention by respected physician and friend, Dr. Sandy Schwartz. Having spent 20 years experiencing first-hand how the people of northern Thailand use the extract in all sorts of nutritional and medicinal ways, his insights have encouraged worldwide studies into how and why the plant is so beneficial to health.
Un-coincidentally, World Health Organisation (WHO) figures showed that the lowest incidences of breast cancer, prostate conditions, osteoarthritis and Alzheimer’s disease are found in these very parts of the world.
In the context of menopause and the body’s drop in estrogen levels, the remarkable properties of the plant are due to the high concentrations of phytoestrogens. One such phytoestrogen uniquely contained in this particular plant is miroestrol.
Essentially working as an adaptogen (a natural hormone balancer), miroestrol functions just like estriol - one of only three estrogens found in the body. These three hormones comprise estradiol, estrone and estriol. It is when estriol is used as a hormone replacement that the most side-effect-free results were delivered in tests. Therefore, it makes sense to use a supplement that focuses on the estriol hormone, if we are to get close to neutralising as many symptoms of the menopause as possible.
As the compounds found in pueraria mirifica – particularly miroestrol – work as an S.E.R.M Beta (a Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulator), highly beneficial effects occur. As a naturally derived S.E.R.M, not only do the plusses of use in menopause include the elimination of symptoms like bone density loss (osteoporosis), hot flashes, vaginal dryness, memory loss and prevention of depression, but they actively decrease the risk of breast cancer and heart disease.
Its properties to prevent a cancerous growth in vitro – in lab tests – are well documented. These tests have been cited by many doctors to show that it protects against the development of cancer in body tissue and in particular, in breast tissue. The quantities of miroestrol (20 mg per 100 g) found in the HRT Plus® supplement in particular, contain precisely the right ratio of miroestrol to be of optimum effect. Even in a synthetically or equine-derived HRT treatment, the balance isn’t as accurate as this natural and safe alternative.
Other benefits reported by users include rejuvenation of skin and hair – most simply explained by the amount of miroestrol contained in the supplement. As this is a natural estrogen substitute, changes associated with menopause (and indeed aging) like hair-thinning, skin loosening, etc. are kept at bay for longer.
From its origins in Thailand, the power of pueraria mirifica has been harnessed and brought to worldwide benefit in the form of the supplement Puresterol, or as it’s also known - HRT Plus® – the Herbal Remedy from Thailand.
With an increasing need for an effective alternative to synthetic HRT, this remarkable plant’s unique compounds are refined and channelled in exactly the right ratio, (i.e. it contains 20 mg of miroestrol per 100 g). It is also supported with the additional methylation synergistic agents of vitamin B12 (methylcobalamin), natural folate, vitamin B6 and biotin.
This combination contained in HRT Plus® means relief from the symptoms of menopause and freedom from the fear of long-term conditions associated with this important and inevitable life-change.