The word phytoestrogen comes from phyto, meaning plant, and estrogen, signifying their ability to affect estrogenic activity in your body. While, not chemically identical to the hormone your body makes, phytoestrogens can fill empty estrogen receptor sites and produce mild estrogen-like effects.
This can be a real help if your estrogen level is low, as it is in menopause. But also, phytoestrogens can be helpful if your estrogen levels are high, as in women who suffer from PMS, menstrual irregularities and endometriosis. High levels of estrogen are referred to as estrogen dominance, which can produce breast tenderness, bloating, irritability and mood swings.
Estrogen-dominant women use phytoestrogens to compete with their own estrogens for binding to receptors. This can help reduce the overall estrogenic effect in the body because the effects of phytoestrogens tend to be milder than those of estrogen.
Hundreds of plants contain phytoestrogens. Some of the more well-known include Red Clover, Licorice, and Soy. Historically, these plants have been used to balance hormones and control fertility.
Recently, there has been a resurgence of phytoestrogen research as women demand options to conventional hormone replacement therapy. Some studies report positive findings on bone loss reduction in women supplementing with soy phytoestrogens. Other research points to reduction of cardiovascular disease risk similar to that seen with estrogen replacement therapy (ERT).
Phytoestrogens are natures answer to balancing the female system. Plant compounds that are structurally similar to estrogen, phytoestrogens can help balance the powerful and sometimes harmful effects of too much or too little estrogen in the female system.
Suggested Use: Massage ¼ to ½ teaspoon of cream into skin. Suggested application sites include the palms, inner arms, abdomen, chest, insides of the thighs, and backs of the knees. Emerita® Phytoestrogen Cream may be used daily. Individual needs may vary.
Emerita® Phytoestrogen Cream contains Dong Quai (Angelica sinensis), Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra), Chaste Tree Berry (Vitex agnus-castus), Black Cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa) and Red Clover (Trifolium pratense). These phytoestrogen-containing herbs are combined with other natural ingredients:
Aloe Vera Gel: for its healing and soothing properties.
Ginseng (Panax ginseng): shown to help alleviate dry skin and reduce wrinkles.
Vitamin E (Tocopheryl Acetate): a natural antioxidant, known for its moisturizing and absorption enhancing properties.
Black Walnut Leaf: a natural anti-microbial agent.
Jojoba: used for its moisturizing properties.
Evening Primrose Oil: long used for its healing and soothing properties.
Emerita® Phytoestrogen Body Cream contains no estrogen, mineral oil, petroleum or animal products and has not been tested on animals.