When it comes to reproductive issues, many herbal supplements claim to have beneficial properties to both men and women. Two such supplements, Vitex Agnus-Castus and Maca Root, are widely used to help treat or benefit a variety of conditions. So, what’s the benefit of using one over the other? Here is the run down on each.
DHEA, or dehydroepiandrosterone, is a hormone that naturally exists in our bodies that converts into major male and female hormones, mainly testosterone. DHEA is not only a natural hormone, but also a popular supplement that can affect the levels of other hormones in your body. DHEA has been called the ‘super hormone’ and the ‘fountain of youth hormone’, so its popularity as a supplement comes as no surprise.
While the hormone does occur naturally in your body, DHEA levels decrease as you age and this decrease has been associated with several diseases such as heart disease, depression, and mortality. In fact, its been estimated that DHEA levels decrease by 80% throughout adulthood. Our bodies produce peak amounts of DHEA in our 20s and 30s, then the decline begins. This is why DHEA is considered an important chemical in the anti-aging process, and a target for anti-aging products.
NAD+ is short for Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide - a chemical compound that helps the cells in our body produce energy and maintain their health over time. NAD is a naturally occuring co-enzyme of niacin that is responsible for converting the energy we get from food into cellular energy.
NAD+ also plays a part in the structural health of our DNA and our body’s natural circadian rhythm. As we age, the body’s NAD+ levels start to diminish. Dug and alcohol abuse can also deplete a person’s natural amount of NAD+, making it more difficult for them to convert the energy that is broken down from the food they consume. There has even been speculation that those who naturally produce less NAD+ may be more likely to develop an addiction. Other reason’s the body’s natural reserve of NAD+ may be depleted are:
Adrenal fatigue is a term used to describe the group of symptoms that are said to occur by people who are under long-term physical, mental or emotional stress. Supports of adrenal fatigue believe the problem begins when the many different stresses of life become too much for the body to handle. Our adrenal glands (the small organs located above the kidneys) usually produce hormones like cortisol to deal with stress. But when people are faced with long-term stress that becomes too much to handle, their adrenal glands can no longer keep up with the body’s needs. When this starts to happen, symptoms of adrenal fatigue may start to appear.
Ozone is a colorless gas made up of 3 oxygen atoms. Found in the Earth’s stratosphere, ozone’s primary purpose is to protect the Earth from the sun’s ultraviolet radiation by absorption. However, many researchers believe it has many therapeutic effects. In medicine, ozone is used as an alternative therapy that improves the body’s intake and use of oxygen while activating the immune system. Ozone therapy is used to treat diseases and conditions by disinfecting the area around them. Not only does this limit the effects of bacteria, viruses, fungi and yeast, but ozone therapy also improves the body’s intake and use of oxygen and activates the immune system.
Fibroids are benign muscular tumors that appear on the uterus. Some are so small they are invisible to the naked eye; women with fibroids this small rarely experience symptoms or even know they have them. In other cases, however, fibroids can grow quite large and grow in clusters. Although they are almost always non-cancerous, these growths can cause a host of problems, including pain and bleeding.
You’ve already started putting away your winter clothes until next year, but what about the thing you wear all year-round, no matter the season? We’re here to remind you that it’s time to say goodbye to dry, dull winter skin and hello to spring with fresh faced holistic skincare. As part of our Medi-Spa services, Denver Holistic Medicine offers several holistic skin care service options to help our patients care for, maintain and rejuvenate their skin naturally, beautifully! Our holistic skin care treatments will not only bring life and glow back into your skin, but they also work to promote overall health and wellbeing as part of a comprehensive holistic health approach.
Around the world, approximately 38.4% of people will be diagnosed with cancer within their lifetime. The universality of cancer is staggering, making research for treatments and cures a well-recognized priority. Among the many drugs and alternative treatments undergoing clinical trial is a surprising plant most commonly known for its decorative use: mistletoe.