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Le Feminine Advantage TM

Once beginning menstruation, a woman"s hormone levels change several times per month. As a woman continues to mature, she tends to have different hormonal levels at different times, and even various stages, of life. But the constant is that a woman is always female. Properly nourishing her feminine organs can often help her better maintain (and improve) her health.

From premenstrual syndrome, menstrual cramping, headaches, and vaginal discomfort, to menopause, hot flashes, vaginal atrophy, night sweats, vaginal wall thinness, and vaginal dryness, a woman can face many unique health concerns.

Le Feminine Advantage was developed to help naturally nourish and support a woman"s feminine organs.  Le Feminine Advantage is a 100% Food supplement that is intended to supply nutrients, glandulars, and herbs needed to maintain and support optimal female health.

Black cohosh,Cimicifuga racemosa is traditionally a Native American herb called "squaw root", so called because it was traditionally used to treat uterine disorders and female complaints by restoring healthy menstrual activity and reducing pain in the genitals and female organs [1]. The German government's Commission E has approved the use of Cimicifuga racemosa for menopausal symptoms, climacteric complaints (like night sweats), and premenstrual syndrome (PMS) [1,2]. Black cohosh contains compounds that, "bind to the estrogen receptor where it selectively suppresses LH secretion with no effect on FSH. The result is an estrogenic effect, which will decrease climacteric symptoms such as hot flashes, diaphoresis, and psychological disturbances" [2]. In a randomized, double-blind trial, a black cohosh extract was found to notably increase the degree of proliferation of the vaginal epithelium, and hence help reduce vaginal wall thinness [1]. In contrast to the estrogen and placebo groups, there was a significant decrease in the Menopausal Index and the Hamilton Anxiety Scale score in the group treated with the herbal extract. The researchers concluded that black cohosh extract had an excellent therapeutic effect, and it was a well-tolerated and effective alternative to hormonal therapy for menopausal complaints.

It should be noted that there is no information that black cohosh has the cardioprotective or protective effects against osteoporosis as those seen with estrogen therapy [2] (though it may have some antiosteoportic effects [3]). Another study found that black cohosh "was as effective as estrogen products in young patients who have undergone a hysterectomy" [2]. But it is not advised during pregnancy [2], especially at high doses, "until birth is imminent or in the presence of chronic disease" [4]. Black cohosh reportedly "induces labor and aids in childbirth" [4]. Interestingly low dose black cohosh preparations appear to be at least as effective as high dose ones for many female concerns [5]. Black cohosh is a rich source of phytohormones and is normally not contraindicated in hormone-sensitive mammary carcinoma, hormone-sensitive endometrial carcinoma, malignant melanoma, or other conditions for which estrogen replacement is contraindicated [1]. Furthermore, black cohosh "seems to have no effect on estrogen-dependent cancers and even exhibit inhibitory effects against the disease" [6]. It is often advised in Germany to help prevent vaginal atrophy. Black cohosh seems to have anti-allergic potential [7], and is also sometimes advised to prevent hair loss for females.

Bovine ovary supplies ovarian tissue. Ovarian tissue has long been advised to improve the integrity of ovarian cells and to assist with a whole range of menstrual and menopausal concerns [4,8-11]. Specifically it has been advised to restore menstruation in those who should have menstrual cycles, to assist those with PMS related symptoms (including nervousness), reduce inflammation of the lining of the uterus (endocervicitis), improve sexual response, reduce ovarian cysts, help with hot flashes, help with menstrual cramps, normalize menstrual flow, aid with calcium disorders, and to reverse infertility [8-11]. The ovarian tissue in Le Feminine Advantage is from New Zealand.

Bovine uterus supplies uterus tissue. Uterus tissue has long been advised to improve the integrity of uterus cells and to assist with a whole range of menstrual and menopausal concerns [8,10]. Specifically it has been advised to restore menstruation in those who should have menstrual cycles, to assist those with PMS related symptoms (including depression), reduce inflammation of the lining of the uterus (endocervicitis), help with hot flashes, help with menstrual cramps, help with uterine cysts, aid with uterine displacement, reduce facial hair growth in women, normalize menstrual flow, improve sexual response, and to reverse infertility [8,10,12]. Some women have reported lack of post-partum depression when taking uterus extracts for the first 1-2 months after delivery, and some doctors have advised it to help the uterus shrink back to normal size after childbirth [10]. The uterus tissue in Le Feminine Advantage is from New Zealand.

Chaste tree berries have "been recognized since antiquity and has been described in works by Hippocrates, Dioscorides, and Theophrastus"Early physicians recognized its effect on the female reproductive system, suggesting its use in controlling hemorrhages and expelling the placenta after birth...In females the berries exert progesteronic effects, balancing progesterone and estrogen production from the ovaries and regulating menstrual cycles...and is used in the treatment of breast pain, ovarian insufficiency (some cases resulting in pregnancy) and uterine bleeding...It has also been used to treat acne" [6, bolding theirs]. The German government's Commission E has approved the use of chaste berries for menopausal complaints and premenstrual syndrome (PMS) [2]. "Chaste Tree preparations have been used to treat irregularities of the menstrual cycle, premenstrual complaints, menstrual disturbances caused by corpus luteum insufficiency, insufficient milk production and mastadynia" (breast pain) [2]. It has also been used to induce menstruation, help with uterine pain, reduce nervous depression, and to decrease swelling of the ovaries" [2]. There have been unconfirmed reports of reductions in uterine fibroid size from some women taking chaste containing supplements.

Flaxseeds are an excellent source of essential fatty acids, such as alpha-linolenic acid [6]. Hormone and lipid imbalances contribute to vaginal dryness [13]. One high-dose study found, "40 g of flaxseed is as effective as oral estrogen-progesterone to improve mild menopausal symptoms and to lower glucose and insulin levels" [14]. Another study found that heavy flaxseed consumption resulted in reduce hot flashes and "increase in vaginal cytology maturation index" [15].

Red clover has long been considered a "wonderful blood cleanser and tonic" and has been used for nervous, respiratory, and urinary problems [16]. However, possibly due to its phytoestrogenic isoflavone content [2] recent research has found it to be of benefit for menopausal hot flashes [17]. Isoflavones appear to have some antiosteoporotic effects [3,18,19], and red clover is one of the highest non-soy sources of isoflavones. Speaking of isoflavones, one paper concluded, "With the advantages of estrogen, they can regulate endocrine function of the human body, reduce blood cholesterol, decrease the incidence of coronary heart disease, prevent osteoporosis, inhibit tumor growth, and relieve pain" [18]. "Plant extracts such as red clover, which contain high levels of isoflavanoids, have been used to reduce menopausal symptoms and have been shown to reduce bone loss in healthy women" [19]. An animal study found that it improved uterine weight and vaginal cell differentiation, but did not affect breast tissue [20].

Wild yam root "has been promoted for the treatment of amenorrhoea and dysmenorrhea" [6]. It is often advised for premenstrual complaints, menstrual cramping, uterine health, and menopausal complaints (hot flashes) [2,4,16]. Wild yam root contains diosgenin which appears to have protective effects for the liver [2]. Some have considered diosgenin to be "natural progesterone", though it seems to have more of an estrogenic effect when taken with estrogenic substances [2]. Wild yam root "relaxes muscle spasms, reduces inflammation, and"Contains compounds similar to the hormone progesterone" [4]. Many women have noticed considerable decreases in menopausal symptoms, such as hot flashes, after consuming wild yam root. Dr. John R. Lee, M.D., a family physician, was among the first to discover that natural progesterone-like substance from the wild yam can be effective against conditions such as osteoporosis [21].

Many people simply take Le Feminine Advantage as a Food supplement to help them feel better.

Unlike many so-called "natural" formulas, Le Feminine Advantage is only comprised of foods, contains no synthetic USP nutrients or isolated mineral salts, but only contains foods, food complexes, and food concentrates.

Numerous university studies have concluded that supplements containing food nutrients are better than USP isolates. Food nutrients are better because they contain important enzymes, peptides, and phytonutrients CRITICAL to the UTILIZATION of vitamins and minerals which are not present in isolated USP nutrients. Published research has concluded that food vitamins are superior synthetic/USP vitamins.

Suggested use: 1-6 capsules per day or as recommended by your health care professional. Adjust usage according to nutritional lifestyle requirements.

References

[1] Lieberman S. A Review of the Effectiveness of Cimicifuga racemosa (Black Cohosh) for the Symptoms of Menopause. J Women's Health, 1998;7(5):525-529

[2] Gruenwald J, Brendler T, Jaenicke C, eds. PDR for Herbal Medicine, 2nd ed. Medical Economics, Montvale (NJ), 2000

[3] Wuttke W, Jarry H, Westphalen S, Christoffel V, Seidlova-Wuttke D. Phytoestrogens for hormone replacement therapy? J Steroid Biochem Mol Biol. 2002;83(1-5):133-147

[4] Balch JF, Balch PA. Prescription for a Nutritional Healing, 2 nd ed. Avery Publishing, Garden City Park (NJ), 1997

[5] Liske E, Hanggi W, Henneicke-von Zepelin HH, Boblitz N, Wustenberg P, Rahlfs VW. Physiological investigation of a unique extract of black cohosh (Cimicifugae racemosae rhizoma): a 6-month clinical study demonstrates no systemic estrogenic effect. J Womens Health Gend Based Med. 2002;11(2):163-174

[6] DerMardenosian A, ed. The Review of Natural Products. Facts and Comparisons, St. Louis, 2000

[7] Kim CD, Lee WK, Lee MH, Cho HS, Lee YK, Roh SS. Inhibition of mast cell-dependent allergy reaction by extract of black cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa). Immunopharmacol Immunotoxicol. 2004;26(2):299-308

[8] Lee R. Therapeutic Food Manual, circa 1950

[9] Lee R. Ovary Cytotrophin. In Product Bulletins , circa 1950

[10] Versendaal DA. Contact Reflex Assessment and Applied Trophology. D.A. Versendaal, Holland (MI), 1990

[11] Harrower H. An Endocrine Handbook. The Harrower Laboratory, Glendale (CA), 1939

[12] Lee R. Uterus Cytotrophin. In Product Bulletins , circa 1950

[13] Sarrel PM. Ovarian hormones and the circulation. Maturitas. 1990;12(3):287-298

[14] Lemay A, Dodin S, Kadri N, Jacques H, Forest JC. Flaxseed dietary supplement versus hormone replacement therapy in hypercholesterolemic menopausal women. Obstet Gynecol. 2002;100(3):495-504]

[15] Dalais FS, Rice GE, Wahlqvist ML, Grehan M, Murkies AL, Medley G, Ayton R, Strauss BJ. Effects of dietary phytoestrogens in postmenopausal women. Climacteric. 1998;1(2):124-129

[16] Tenney L. Health Handbook. Woodland Books, Provo. 1987

[17] van de Weijer PH, Barentsen R. Isoflavones from red clover (Promensil) significantly reduce menopausal hot flush symptoms compared with placebo. Maturitas. 2002;42(3):187-93

[18] Du N, Xu Y. Medical value of isoflavones. Zhong Xi Yi Jie He Xue Bao. 2003;1(4):296-300

[19] Powles T. Isoflavones and women's health. Breast Cancer Res. 2004;6(3):140-142

[20] Burdette JE, Liu J, Lantvit D, Lim E, Booth N, Bhat KP, Hedayat S, Van Breemen RB, Constantinou AI, Pezzuto JM, Farnsworth NR, Bolton JL. Trifolium pratense (red clover) exhibits estrogenic effects in vivo in ovariectomized Sprague-Dawley rats. J Nutr. 2002;132(1):27-30

[21] Barnard N. Natural Progesterone: Is Estrogen the Wrong Hormone?" Good Med, Spring 1994;11-13

Some of these studies (or citations) may not conform to peer review standards, therefore, the results are not conclusive. Professionals can, and often do, come to different conclusions when reviewing scientific data. None of these statements have been reviewed by the FDA. All products distributed by Doctors" Research, Inc. are nutritional and are not intended for the treatment or prevention of any medical condition.

 

 

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