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— May 15, 2018

Boosting a Woman’s Well-Being

  • These nutrients and herbs increase energy and offer other benefits.
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Boosting a Woman’s Well-Being

Science now supports what every woman knows: While both genders may have trouble sleeping, women are the ones who tend to suffer insomnia’s negative effects.

According to one study, women were much more likely than their male counterparts to feel tired and depressed all the time. Click To Tweet

It’s tough to spend your life in an exhausted daze, especially when there are pressing work and family commitments to be met. Lifestyle changes help; in addition, natural medicine offers ways to aid the perpetually weary. (Of course, the first step should be a visit to your healthcare practitioner for a thorough checkup.) Other herbs and supplements address problems such as loss of libido, menstrual and menopausal issues, and yeast and urinary tract infections.

Acidophilus

What It Is: Lactobacillus acidophilus, a species of probiotic, or healthful, bacteria

What It Does: Helps maintain normal microbial balance in the vagina and digestive tract; may help reduce recurrence of bacterial vaginosis; may also help ease symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome

Alanzeebium

What It Is: A formulation of bioflavonoids and two Indian herbs, jujube (Ziziphus jujuba) and ankol (Alangium salvifolium)

What It Does: Helps counteract loss of libido in women by promoting healthy hormonal balance; ankol is used traditionally to restore female sexual health after pregnancy, jujube as an overall tonic

Arginine & Histidine

What They Are: Amino acids, or protein building blocks

What They Do: Boost blood flow to encourage healthy sexual function; help build the body’s structural proteins

Cacao

What It Is: The dried and fermented seed from Theobroma cacao, used to make chocolate

What It Does: Supplies antioxidants and magnesium, a mineral crucial to energy production; appears to heighten pleasurable feelings; has shown anti-depressive effects

Calcium & Cofactors

What They Are: Calcium is crucial to bone health along with its mineral partner, magnesium, as well as vitamins D and K2

What They Do: Calcium gives bones their strength, while the other nutrients work with calcium to make sure it is deposited in the skeleton and not in soft tissue

Chasteberry

What It Is: A tree, Vitex agnus-castus, native to the Mediterranean region and western Asia

What It Does: Helps relieve discomforts associated with PMS and menstruation, including cyclical breast discomfort

Cranberry

What It Is: A shrub, Vaccinium macrocarpon, known for its tart red berries

What It Does: Long used to help defend against urinary tract infections; contains substances that may support healthy gut flora and promote better circulatory health

Damiana

What It Is: A small shrub, Turnera diffusa, found in dry, sunny areas from southern Texas to Central America

What It Does: Used by traditional healers to restore libido and boost energy levels, and to help ease menstrual problems; appears to increase genital blood flow

Dong Quai

What It Is: Angelica sinensis, a perennial herb found in China, Japan and Korea

What It Does: Called “the female ginseng” because Eastern medicine employs it for women’s health concerns; often used in menopausal symptom relief; has shown protective effects for the heart and liver

Evening Primrose

What It Is: Oenothera biennis, a plant native to North America; its flower opens in the evening, which explains the name

What It Does: Most commonly used in the US to ease hot flashes and sweating associated with menopause; contains substances that have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, as well as liver- and nerve-protective, properties

Flax Lignans

What They Are: Substances found in flax seeds, which also yield an omega-3 fat called alpha-linolenic acid

What They Do: The seeds yield an oil that is rich in essential fatty acids often used for breast pain and menopausal discomforts; promotes healthy growth of hair, nails and skin

Grape/Apple Polyphenols

What They Are: Antioxidant compounds found in the skins of apples and grapes

What They Do: Helps counteract the effects of peroxynitrite, a toxic byproduct of normal bodily processes that can damage cells and DNA; promotes healthy sexual function

Maca

What It Is: The tuber of a plant, Lepidium meyenii, that grows in the highlands of Peru

What It Does: Acts as an adaptogen, a plant that helps the body deal with stress; traditionally used to increase energy, libido, mental clarity and overall well-being

Pau D’Arco

What It Is: A tall tree, Tabebuia impetiginosa, native to the Amazon rainforest

What It Does: Traditionally used for infections and as an overall tonic; employed in Western herbalism to fight yeast infections

Valerian

What It Is: Valeriana officinalis, an herb native to Europe and western Asia

What It Does: Long used to help ease anxiety and promote sleep; has helped reduce discomforts associated with PMS and menopause in studies

Velvet Bean

What It Is: Mucuna pruriens, a legume found in tropical areas around the world

What It Does: Used by Ayurvedic practitioners to support sexual well-being; appears to promote healthy neural activity within the brain

NOTE: Always consult with your healthcare practitioner for help in designing a supplementation program, especially if you have a pre-existing condition.

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