What Do Women Really Need?
For this reason, we have compiled a wee shopping list for the top four supplements that are most important to support the health and well-being of women.
The Daily Multi
Alongside good quality foods to supply a healthy diet, a premium multi vitamin and mineral complex should feature at the top of your list. While it is possible to get nutrients from our diets, in reality most people’s diets are missing essential nutrients. Even with a concerted effort to eat well, modern farming methods, alongside food handling and processing practices have made our foods pretty nutritionally bereft. This is of particular concern as our nutritional needs are so high due to high levels of stress and pollution.
Many women can count mother, partner, career woman, cleaner, cook, tutor and taxi driver within their job description. It is unfortunate then that all of these roles can leave a women feeling overworked and overwhelmed. This feeling is due to elevated levels of the bodies stress hormones – cortisol and adrenalin. In situations of dire need, these hormones are essential for allowing the body to swing into fast action.
Yet, if stress is ongoing, these hormones can have dire effects on the body. They can dysregulate blood sugar levels – reducing energy levels and encouraging weight gain, whilst suppressing immunity (making you a bug’s prime target), tampering with reproductive hormones (enhancing premenstrual or menopausal maladies), suppressing thyroid function, decreasing bone density and making you irritable, anxious and/or depressed!
Thankfully nature has provided precious plants called adaptogens which, by their very nature, help to support the body in diminishing the ill effects of stress. Radiance® Adaptostress provides one such herbal helper – potent standardised Rhodiola rosea. Rhodiola has been used for centuries in Russia and Siberia to help the Ruskies cope in the harsh climate. Special attributes make Rhodiola the adaptogen of choice for women wanting to support optimal physical and mental performance and healthy weight management when under stress. Rhodiola also directly supports a healthy happy mood and outlook – giving you a bit more patience with the kids!
For some women (and their significant others), being a woman can be hell. Although they are essentially what make us female, hormones can sometimes cause a lot of misery. One of the enduring and difficult issues is that of oestrogen dominance. This can occur when the body is producing too much oestrogen, if the body is producing too little progesterone, or if you are exposed to environmental oestrogens. Whatever the cause the outcome is essentially the same – PMT, breast pain, fibroids, endometriosis, heavy, long, irregular periods and an increase in certain hormone dependant growths.
In order to help support the body to create some hormonal harmony we must look at oestrogen metabolism, a process that takes place primarily in the liver. The liver has the ability to send out the “protective” 2 hydroxyestrone or the “toxic” 16-hydroxyestrone oestrogen metabolites. Which one dominates depends on how efficiently your liver is coping with this metabolic process.
Diindolylmethane (DIM) acts as a liver helper, supporting the production of “protective oestrogen” metabolites over the troublesome types responsible for hormonal hell. Radiance® Hormone Balance provides superior quality, bioavailable, patented and scientifically validated BioResponse® DIM complex, to help support your liver and hormonal (and domestic) happiness.
“Tired all the time” pick me up
Iron is a mineral found in every cell of the body. It is vital for good health and for mental and physical wellbeing. Lack of iron is the most common single nutrient deficiency worldwide and alongside kiddies and vegetarians, women are at the top of the deficient list! This really is a worrying statistic when you take into consideration the many and varied roles that iron carries out in the body.
It is intrinsically involved in the transport of oxygen to the body’s tissues, hundreds of essential enzymatic reactions in the tissues and for competent immune function. Deficiency symptoms are wide ranging and include fatigue, weakness, inability to concentrate, frequent infections, feeling cold, becoming breathless and heart palpitations. Iron deficiency may also produce pale eye lids, lips and palm creases alongside ridged, pale, spoon shaped or flat nails. The women most at risk of low levels of this essential mineral are those with poor dietary iron intake, those who have excessive menstrual flow, or those with increased need such as during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
But many women can attest that iron supplements can produce gastrointestinal discomfort and altered toilet habits. Radiance® Iron Complete provides 24mg of highly bioavailable iron bisglycinate for an iron boost without the gastrointestinal irritation associated with other iron supplements. The formula is also bolstered with the addition of vitamin C for enhanced absorption and B12 and folic acid to support blood cell formation.