If you want to know the 5 most helpful supplements that women can take, including multivitamins, herbs, and minerals, then you will want to read this.
The 5 Best Supplements for Women
So this is the most obvious one. It’s not just important for women but also equally important for men. Because of iron losses due to menstruation, women have a higher risk of iron deficiency.
It’s super easy to be deficit in iron and difficult to have more iron, even on a meat based diet. This is why iron is in the top five.
Vitex Agnus Castus
You can tell this is an interesting one just by reading the name. This supplement is also known as chasteberry or simply VAC. It was originally used by monks to destroy their libidos. But studies show it can actually significantly reduce all PMS symptoms including:
· Bouts of depression
· Trouble Sleeping
· Tenderness of breast
Some of these studies have been repeated with the same claims.
A general claim is that supplementing with VAC for at least 3 months for 3 cycles, should decrease all symptoms up to 52%, and sometimes reducing the length of PMS by up to 20%. No concerning side effects other than potential allergic reactions based on a few rare cases.
Vitex agnus castus is the best known supplement at this time, for treating PMS symptoms.
This is the most common form of “inositol,” which is a molecule similar to sugar, that maintains cell integrity in our bodies.
It’s not a vitamin but similar. Our bodies require just a little and it’s always in our bodies. There are other forms, but they are used to help reduce levels of blood glucose.
Inositol is number one when it comes to polycystic ovarian syndrome which is an ovarian condition noted by high androgen and glucose levels (sometimes facial hair).
High androgen levels are noticed to occur due to high glucose levels, and that’s why Metformin is occasionally used to treat PCOS as well. Metformin is a beast in lowering glucose and usually used to treat type II diabetes.
So therefore, taking up to 4 grams of inositol per day according to numerous studies, shows reductions in symptoms of PCOS.
This includes improvements in fertility, which PCOS also affects, and reductions in high glucose, insulin sensitivity, androgen, acene, and sometimes hair growth. Also note that 4 grams of myo-inositol is almost the same as taking Metformin.
Consider using inositol supplementation if you suffer from, or seeing symptoms similar to that of PCOS symptoms.
Maca is from the plant Lepidium meyenii and it also comes from the same plant family as cauliflower and broccoli. The benefits of Maca are unique and therefore used as a diety supplement.
It is the only dietary supplement used for the sole purpose of improving well being and sexual health. This is done without influencing androgen or estrogen in both men and women. Studies show Maca increases sexual desire and many people even report an increase in performance.
Calcium is almost always recommended as a women’s supplement for its effects on osteoporosis and osteopenia. When women are aging, more calcium is recommended due to a higher risk of bone degrading. The reason its seen as a major women’s health supplement is because it’s always recommended at the start of osteopenia, and you were supposed to increase calcium way earlier.
The supplementation of calcium helps both men and women prevent osteoporosis, but more important to women as there is a higher risk.
So to wrap everything up, here are the 5 supplements you should put on your priority list as a woman.
If you’re lacking, take iron & calcium.
Vitex agnus castus to take a big edge off those PMS symptoms.
Myo-inositol if you notice or have symptoms similar to PCOS.
Finally, throw in some maca and see for yourself what it does to your sexual health.
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