OPTIMUM FEMALE | NATURAL HORMONAL BALANCE FOR WOMEN
New Optimum Female from Amino Man is a unique all-natural formulation that promotes natural hormone balance.
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NOTE: This product does not contain hormones. Optimum Female is a synergist intended to potentiate natural hormone balance
Menopause is a natural transition that occurs over time which signals the beginning of mature feminine life. With dynamic body chemistry changes, this stage of aging for females can often cause hormone imbalances which can cause several uncomfortable side effects like hot flashes, mood swings, sleeplessness, lack of concentration and loss of libido. During menopause and the surrounding stages (perimenopause, pre-menopause and post menopause) female hormones such as estrogen, progesterone and FSH (follicle stimulating hormone) levels change. Some women use Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) as a treatment for the symptoms of menopause; however, this is a non-natural approach to achieving hormone balance that frequently comes with dangerous side effects, especially in combination with other age related medications.
Natural hormone balancing is possible with the right combination of vitamins, minerals and herbs that support both hormone production and hormone metabolism so that a healthy balance can be achieved. Over the years herbal menopausal remedies have been scientifically tested for their efficacy in relieving menopausal symptoms, allowing women to age naturally and gracefully. Several studies have shown statistically significant results in improvement of hormone imbalance symptoms compared to a placebo-control for nutrients and herbs such as vitamin E, maca, valerian root, flax and velvet bean.
While there are several hormones that are factors in female health and sexual function, testosterone plays a major role in a female’s libido. It is probably fair to say that most people associate testosterone with men and masculinity. Few are aware of the importance of testosterone in women. Testosterone fills many of the same roles in women as it does in men, including immune function, reproductive and sexual function, muscle function as well as muscle growth. Restoring normal levels improves overall strength and athletic performance. However, to maintain femininity, testosterone should only be increased naturally and in balance with the other important female hormones, such as estrogen and progesterone.
Women tend to have much less of the primary sex–stimulatory hormone, testosterone. Indeed, the ultimate male hormone, testosterone, is known to be the primary sexual stimulator in women. Although in much smaller quantities, women produce their own testosterone, which enhances their sex drive. But a number of factors can diminish or even stop testosterone production. Menopause is the primary cause of testosterone depletion and subsequent loss of sex drive in women. Estrogen and testosterone replacement therapy alleviates hot flashes and increases sexual desire, as well as such sex-enhancing factors as vaginal lubrication and genital blood flow. But the risks are great with such prescription drugs. All women respond differently to testosterone. One woman may experience very few side effects from a small amount of exogenous testosterone, while another woman would experience an increased risk of breast cancer and masculinization, such as facial hair, from the same quantity.
The risk of side effects has made many women turn to alternatives such as nutritional supplements. A well-designed supplement will provide precursors of testosterone and other hormones, as well as nutrients that support hormonal balance. This allows a woman’s body to produce the sex-stimulating hormones it needs and not extra, thus avoiding the side effects of masculinization. It will also provide nutrients that enhance blood flow and promote lubrication. Amino Man’s Optimum Female is just such a supplement.
KEY BENEFITS OF HEALTHY HORMONE BALANCE FOR WOMEN
Brain Function: Healthy Hormone Balance influences overall brain function, as well as:
· Sleep Function
Energy: Women with healthy hormone levels report increased energy and improved overall strength and stamina.
Cardiovascular Function: Improving estrogen balance has long been known to promote cardiovascular health, including that of the coronary arteries and arterial walls.
Immune Function: Immune function improves as a woman’s estrogen–testosterone balance improves. Meanwhile synthetic hormones are believed to diminish immune function.
Reproductive and Sexual Function: Estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, and a host of other hormones are essential for women’s virility and sexual function. Restoring balanced hormone levels improves both, while also improving intimacy and sensuality.
Muscle Structure and Function: Few are aware of the importance of testosterone in women. Testosterone is essential for muscle function as well as muscle growth. Restoring normal levels improves overall strength and athletic performance. However, to maintain femininity, testosterone should only be increased naturally and in balance with the other important female hormones, such as estrogen and progesterone.
Amino Man’s Optimum Female Extended Release Tablets builds on the extraordinary benefits of Optimum Male Capsule formula with the yin to yang swap over , with more B vitamins, higher levels of vitamins and minerals, higher levels of maca and other botanicals, valerian and the Hormone Balancing Blend. Optimum Female is uniquely positioned to provide even greater support to multiple aspects of a woman’s body, with extended delivery of these important nutrients.
Vitamin E has testosterone boosting properties that can increase a woman’s sexual drive and preserve a fleeting libido. Vitamin E has also been shown to improve other menopausal symptoms such as, vaginal dryness and hot flashes. A double-blind, placebo controlled study conducted in 2007 showed results of a statistically significant difference in hot flash severity score and their daily frequency between the placebo and the use of vitamin E therapy. The conclusion of the study recommends vitamin E as a remedy for the relief of hot flashes.
B Vitamins- B vitamin supplementation is a common suggestion by many doctors for older women, especially during menopause because of the advantages like reducing blood cholesterol (niacin), lowering cholesterol coagulation (B6), improvement of mood (B12) and enhancement of memory function (B12).
Maca (Lepidium meyenii root) is an extremely hardy mountainous plant from Peru; the root has served as a diet staple there for thousands of years; and research supports several of its medicinal purposes. Known as the women’s herbal libido booster, research shows improvements in a range of women’s hormones, including testosterone, progesterone and most important, the estrogen–testosterone balance. This extraordinary root, rich in amino acids and fatty acids, is also included in this formula for its effects on healthy brain function and increasing energy, stamina and endurance.
Valerian is an herb used since the times of ancient Greece and Rome as a remedy for insomnia. It has been a known supplement for symptoms such as excitability, stress and menstrual cramps. A double blind placebo-controlled study performed at the University of Medical Science investigated the treatment effect of valerian on hot flashes, a common menopause/perimenopause complication. The trials show a statistical significance in the improvement of sleep quality and reduction in hot flashes in the women receiving valerian.
Alanzeebium Botanical Complex – Alanzeebium is an Ayurvedic herbal combination that has traditionally been given to women (married) to improve sexual performance and intimacy. Recent research shows improved testosterone–estrogen balance.
- Alangium salvifolium ( lamarkii) fruit extract
- Ziziphus mauritiana (Jujube) fruit extract
- Citrus bioflavonoids
Passion Factors Proprietary Botanical Blend
Damiana (Turnera diffusa aphrodisiaca) has been shown to inhibit conversion of testosterone into estrogen. Indigenous to Mexico, Central and South America and the West Indies, damiana is best known for its positive effects on sexual function. In fact, the botanical name of the plant describes its use as an aphrodisiac, Turnera diffusa aphrodisiaca. The ancient Mayan civilization used damiana for the treatment of sexual dysfunction, as well as what they called “giddiness and loss of balance.” For more than 100 years, damiana’s use has been credited with improving sexual function in both males and females. Author and expert E.F. Steinmetz states that in Holland, damiana is renowned for its sexual enhancing qualities and positive effect on the reproductive organs. Biochemists agree, based on the pharmacological and chemical studies of the plant, that the alkaloids most probably have testosterone–like actions.
Dong Quai (Angelica sinensis) – Dong quai does not contain any known phytoestrogens itself, but it has historically been used as an adaptogen, improving the balance of hormones in women. In traditional Chinese medicine, dong quai is often included in prescriptions for sexual dysfunction, abnormal menstruation, suppressed menstrual flow, painful or difficult menstruation, and uterine bleeding. Experts believe that the phytonutrients in dong quai are particularly capable of enhancing the overall health of the entire female urogenital system.
Ginger (Zingiber officinale) – Ginger has multiple benefits for women’s health. While ginger has been traditionally used to settle the stomach and intestines, women are also finding that it helps to ease menstrual cramps.
Only recently have scientists identified blood flow as one of the primary reasons for the centuries-old Asian tradition of using ginger to enhance the sensual experience of sex. Landmark research by Masters and Johnson has proven that both sensuality and sexual function are physiologically linked to heart rate and blood flow. Sensual thoughts are known to increase heart rate and blood flow. But what Masters and Johnson discovered is far more impressive: heart rate and blood flow actually promote sexual arousal. Even artificially induced increases in heart rate and blood flow have a measurable effect on thoughts of sex. It was discovered that such heart rate-increasing factors as caffeine intake or walking over a high bridge will cause both men and women to rate members of the opposite sex as more sexually appealing on a scale of one to ten. This is why ginger, which enhances cardiovascular function and blood flow, is considered a good sexuality-enhancing nutrient.
Not only does ginger reduce the viscosity of blood, allowing it to better permeate all tissues, but it also enhances the overall health of the circulatory system, reducing LDL cholesterol and improving heart function. In both men and women, healthy blood flow to the genital region is a prerequisite for optimal stimulation and lubrication. Thus, ginger is a natural sensuality enhancer.
L-Arginine (free form amino acid) – L-arginine stimulates production of growth hormone, which plays many roles in the body, including bone formation, increased muscle mass, fat breakdown, protein synthesis and glucose regulation.
L-arginine is also a nitric oxide (NO) precursor. NO, which survives for only a fraction of a second, causes a series of reactions that relax the smooth muscle cells lining the genital arteries. When these arteries are relaxed, they fill up with blood and become stiff with pressure. The result is the classic distension of tissues identifying sexual stimulation.
L-Histidine – This naturally occurring amino acid is also known to enhance blood flow to the tissues of the genital region, particularly in women. Male lubrication is not very important in sexual intercourse. In women, on the other hand, sexual intercourse is highly dependent on lubrication. Researchers have recently discovered histidine to be an important participant in the biochemistry of vaginal lubrication. They suspect that a histidine containing molecule called peptide histidine methionine (PHM) is responsible for several parts of the lubrication process, including increasing blood flow, initiation of smooth muscle relaxation and potentially nerve–endothelial communication.
Hormone Balancing Blend
Velvet Bean (Mucuna pruriens) seeds contain high concentrations of levodopa, a direct precursor of the neurotransmitter dopamine. It has long been used in traditional Ayurvedic Indian medicine. The mature seeds of the plant contain about 3.1-6.1% L-dopa with trace amounts of 5-hydroxytryptamine (serotonin).
Vinitrox (Grape and Apple) is a unique combination of grape and apple concentrates, with high polyphenol content. Strong polyphenol activity is extremely important against the peroxynitrite free radical. Among many other damaging activities, the peroxynitrite free radical reduces testosterone levels. To make matters worse, reduced testosterone levels cause an increase in peroxynitrite formation. The ViNitrox polyphenols allow the body to control this testosterone–robbing, vicious cycle.
Flax lignans are known to promote healthy hormone function women, with research showing specific benefits in the breasts, reproductive tissues and the menstrual cycle. Recent research has shown that supplementation of flax can increase phytoestrogen levels in postmenopausal women (when testosterone is often at its lowest levels in women). The results showed that flax supplementation increase levels significantly more than placebo or supplementation of soy.
Dietary lignans are found in various foods, such as sesame seed, broccoli, grains, and even red wine, but none of these foods comes close to the concentration in flaxseed (300,000 mcg /100 g). Secoisolariciresinol is the lignan in flaxseed that occurs in the highest concentration (165759 mcg / 100 g; the next highest food [sesame seed]) has 240 mcg / 100 g). Attached to two glucose molecules, the compound as it occurs in flaxseed is secoisolariciresinol diglycoside (SDG). During the process of digestion, SDG is converted to enterolactone, and can be further converted into enterodiol (both phytoestrogens).
Clinical trials of flaxseed supplementation in premenopausal women demonstrated the possibility of reduced breast pain and tenderness (during the menstrual period) and decreased estrogen concentration during the menstrual cycle. No significant side effects have been noted.
Cardiovascular health – Multiple studies have found that the flax lignan, SDG, plays an important role in cardiovascular health. The mechanism is believed to be at least partially associated with the lignan’s antioxidant activity. In fact, SDG has been shown to have antioxidant activity up to five times greater than that of vitamin E.
Another mechanism by which SDG may improve cardiovascular health involves a reduction of bad cholesterol. Researchers have found flaxseed can reduce total cholesterol, and particularly bad (LDL) cholesterol levels. While the exact mechanisms of action have not been fully revealed, it is believed that it may work through a mechanism similar to that of soluble fiber, by directly interfering with the body’s ability to absorb certain fats.
Extended release of nutrients
Extended release of nutrients provides significant advantages over the common capsule or tablet delivery methods. In order to better understand the ways in which this new technology improves the effects of nutrients, a brief review of digestion kinetics is in order.
Although digestion starts in the mouth, this review will begin with the stomach because tablets and capsules undergo insignificant digestion in the mouth and are delivered quickly to the stomach, where the majority of digestion occurs. In the aqueous environment of the stomach, two major events occur. The first is that the foods, nutrients, supplements, etc., are hydrated – that is, water is added to them. This allows digestive agents, like hydrochloric acid and enzymes, to infiltrate solid materials and render their nutrients soluble. It also provides a watery medium, which carries free molecules of nutrients away from solid food substances, allowing them to come into contact with the absorptive walls of the later portions of the gastrointestinal tract.
A very important concept here is that the solid matrix of most foods prevents interior molecules from making contact with absorptive surfaces of the GI tract, and therefore requires water to be transported into a liquid environment. That is why most nutrients must await digestion before they can be exposed and absorbed. Capsules and most tablets avoid this delay by disintegrating rapidly in the stomach. Faster disintegration increases the speed of transit into the small intestines, where the liberated nutrients or phytomedicines can be absorbed. The more solid materials travel more slowly, which is actually an adaptation to allow the intestines to further digest foods and liberate more nutrients embedded in solid food matrices.
It should be noted that a speedier transit time through the small intestines results in reduced absorption of nutrients. Some speculate that this is a result of an overload, and that the intestines can only absorb a finite amount of any particular nutrient at any given time. Once all absorption sites are filled it takes time to regenerate that site. Nutrients that are coursing through the GI tract very fast won’t wait around for a free absorption site on the inner wall of the intestines, so they simply pass through. Other researchers suggest that even in the absence of an overload, fast-moving nutrients undergo poorer absorption because they are simply less likely to come into contact with an appropriate absorption site long enough to be absorbed into the blood. It is easy to see that the form of foods ingested influences the levels of nutrients in the blood stream. For example, the proteins within a piece of steak require much more time and work to be absorbed into the blood than those in a protein shake or a soup.
But there are other factors that influence the levels of nutrients in the blood stream. One of the greatest barriers to nutrient retention is the body’s own housekeeping system. The filtering action of the liver tends to remove many nutrients, as well as toxins, from the bloodstream. Some are removed so quickly that they are completely eliminated from the circulatory system after only a few trips through the body. For many nutrients, like those in Optimum Female, a longer duration in the bloodstream is preferable because it helps to ensure a longer duration in the body’s blood vessels where they can protect against atherosclerotic plaques. An herbal phytomedicine that is quickly absorbed and quickly eliminated by the liver cannot offer as much protection as one that remains in the blood for a longer period of time. Extending the absorption time of a phytomedicine prolongs the time it is able to protect the bloodstream.
Taking supplements is like having a pail of water to keep a plant alive in a hot desert. The water is equivalent to the nutrient, protective against the harsh environment. Meanwhile the hot sun acts like the liver, vital to life, yet constantly causing the water to evaporate. You can dump the whole pail of water onto the plant, making it cool and wet for a little while. But after a couple of hours, when the sun has evaporated all of the water from the soil, you will be left with a dehydrated dead plant and an empty pail. A better way of keeping your plant alive would be to rig the pail so that it slowly drips its protective water onto the plant over the course of many hours.
There are only a few ways to sustain the release of nutrients in the body, most of which require the use of sugars, starches, waxes, gums, resins and other synthetic materials. However, Nature’s Plus 100% natural vegetable cellulose base is the key to the manufacture of our extended release tablets.
When the tablet is ingested, the normal moisture in the digestive system quickly dissolves the thin layer of pharmaceutical glaze. The natural vegetable micro-gel system then begins to absorb moisture and slowly swells, releasing standardized extract at a slow, gradual and relatively predictable pace over an 8 to 12 hour period. Approximately 30% of the ingredients are released in the first hour, and the remainder is released gradually over an 8 to 12 hour period, regardless of the motility of the digestive system. The vegetable micro-gel is dissolved and digested by the digestive system as normal vegetable cellulose from plants. This special formula provides a 40% better utilization rate than our regular tablets. The above chart shows blood level data taken from human subjects, comparing the blood levels of the active ingredient after ingestion of a typical product with those after ingestion of an equivalent Amino Man’s Extended Release product.
The blood levels of the active ingredient in the individuals taking the regular product increase rapidly for the first 4 hours, drop off rapidly over the next 5 hours, and then slowly decrease throughout the rest of the 48-hour period. The blood levels of the active ingredient in individuals who have taken the Extended Release product also increase rapidly over the first 6 hours, then increase more slowly for 12 hours, and then slowly decrease throughout rest of the 48-hour period.
Please note that the bioavailability of the active ingredient in the Extended Release product is 40% greater than regular products, so the blood levels indicate that the Optimum Female Extended Release tablet allows for 40% greater utilization of the active ingredient in the product ingested.
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