Fem Calm 60 capsules - Vitex, rhodiola, ashwagandha and B-vitamins | AOR

Fem Calm 60 capsules - Vitex, rhodiola, ashwagandha and B-vitamins | AOR

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AOR Fem Calm™ is used in herbal medicine as a hormone normalizer to help stabilize menstrual cycle irregularities and to help relieve premenstrual symptoms. It is also used as an adaptogen to help temporarily relieve symptoms of stress such as mental fatigue and sensation of weakness.

benefits of FemCalm
• helps to balance mood changes
• improves menstrual regularity
• promotes hormonal balance
• reduces homocysteine levels

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Feel better with Fem Calm
Fem Calm contains powerful nutrients and botanical ingredients that have proven benefits for relieving some of the mental and physical discomforts experienced prior to and during the menstrual cycle and in menopause due to hormone fluctuations. Some of these symptoms include irritability, depression, fatigue, insomnia, cramping and hot flashes.

Natural Ingredients to Ease PMS Problems
Vitex agnus , also known as chasteberry, has traditionally been used for the treatment of PMS. It has also been used for menopause symptom relief and for female hormone balancing; it is considered a “progesteronic” herb.
Rhodiola rosea has been shown in a number of positive studies to benefit concentration and in coping with stress.
Ashwagandha helps to normalize cortisol, acts as an anti-inflammatory, and improves mood as it functions as a calming adaptogen.  Ashwagandha also helps balance out the buzz that some people feel when taking Rhodiola.
Vitamin B6 or pyridoxal-5-phosphate has been well studied for reducing the depressive mood symptoms of PMS. Vitamins B6, B12 (methylcobalamin) and folate are necessary in order for proper methylation to occur in the body. Ineffective methylation has been associated with both mood and neuropsychiatric disorders.

How Fem Calm Works
Fem Calm primarily helps to provide an emotional and mental calming effect while also assisting in balancing hormones and regulating the menstrual cycle. This product may be used in combination with Fem Ease to naturally help relieve the physical symptoms of PMS and menstrual related pain.

Premenstrual Syndrome and Mood Disturbance
Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) refers to a collection of emotional symptoms that may or may not be accompanied by physical symptoms, and which are related to a woman’s menstrual cycle. A severe form of PMS called premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) is characterized by a depressed mood, anxiety, irritability, and decreased interest in daily activities during the menst rual cycle.
The causes of PMDD are not well understood. Natural substances such as chasteberry, ashwagandha, Rhodiola, vitamins B6, B12 and folate have been proven effective in relieving the physical and emotional symptoms associated with the menstrual cycle.

Chasteberry Reduces Physical and Emotional PMS and Menopausal Symptoms
Chasteberry can activate dopamine receptors, which works to counteract the excessive release of prolactin that is a prominent sign of PMDD, and thus mitigate the unpleasant physical effects of this more severe form of PMS. It normalizes hormones which helps to stabilize menstrual cycle irregularities, and helps relieve symptoms associated with menopause, such as hot flashes.
Study results have demonstrated that chasteberry was superior to placebo in relieving the symptoms of PMS including mood changes, irritability, headaches, anger, breast enlargement and bloating.

Ashwagandha and Rhodiola Reduce Stress, Fatigue, Anxiety and Insomnia
Ashwagandha has been shown to be effective in reducing various aspects of stress including anxiety and insomnia, both symptoms that can occur before and during the menstrual cycle.
Stress, either physical or mental, leads to the enhancement of adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) secretion which in turn increases cortisol levels.
Ashwagandha root extract, in addition to successfully reducing raised levels of serum cortisol, can improve an individual’s resistance towards stress. A single center, prospective, double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial involving a total of 64 subjects with a history of chronic stress were given a high-concentration full-spectrum ashwagandha root extract at a dosage of one capsule twice a day for a period of 60 days.
It was found that ashwagandha root safely and effectively improves an individual’s resistance towards stress and there by improves self-assessed quality of life.

Rhodiola rosea acts as an adaptogen by counteracting any adverse physical, chemical or biological stressors. Studies suggest that Rhodiola can help prevent symptoms associated with intense physical or mental strain such as a decline in work performance, sleep difficulties, poor appetite, irritability, hypertension, headaches and fatigue.
In a human clinical trial, a Rhodiola ext ract along with a combination of vitamins and minerals was given to 120 adults with physical and cognitive deficiencies in a 12 week drug monitoring study. There was a significant improvement in these deficiencies, with observed improvements in symptoms such as exhaustion, decreased motivation, daytime sleepiness, sleep disturbances, concentration deficiencies, forgetfulness, susceptibility to stress and irritability.
This is likely due to Rhodiola’s ability to influence the levels of several neurotransmitters in th e brain.

Vitamin B6 for PMS Related Mood Disturbances
Vitamin B6 is known to benefit those who suffer from low mood, also a symptom that some women experience prior to and during the menstrual cycle. PMS can cause dissociation of familial relationships, abnormalities in the daily work and interpersonal relationships of the patients, and bring about direct and indirect economic burden for society.
One study compared the effects of a combination of magnesium and vitamin B6 on depression in PMS patients versus magnesium only or a placebo.
The study was carried out for four months in ten selected health centers in Isfahan, Iran. The study’s findings indicated that magnesium plus vitamin B6 had the greatest effect on the mean PMS score and the placebo had the least effect.

Improving Methylation and Lowering Homocysteine Levels to Improve Mood
The methylation cycle involves the process of taking a single carbon and three hydrogens, known as a methyl group, and using it for numerous critical functions in your body such as thinking, repairing DNA, turning on and off genes, fighting infections and getting rid of environmental toxins to name a few.
Vitamins B6, B12 and folate (the active form is known as L-5-MTHF or L-5- methyltetrahydrofolate) are nutrients required for proper methylation and to lower homocysteine levels.
Elevated homocysteine levels have been demonstrated to be related to mood disturbances such as major depressive disorder. One study found that patients with low folate levels were more likely to suffer with depression and were also less likely to respond to medical trea tment for depression with the drug fluoxetine (a popular type of SSRI or selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor).
Another study found that both folate and vitamin B12 deficiencies were more likely to cause mood disorders, cognitive disorders and neurological disorders. Folate deficiency may specifically aggravate depressive disorders.
In addition, the neurotoxic effects of homocysteine may also play a role in the neurologic and psychiatric disturbances that are associated with folate and vitamin B12 deficiency.

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Much to my amazement, I was approached by a US citizen a bit over a week ago with the question whether we still had N-A-C in stock, and whether she could buy it from us. Unknown to us, the sale of N-A-C as an OTC supplement had been quietly banned by FDC in the USA with the result, it couldn't be found anywhere. Within a few days, we sold out every single bottle of the more popular choice, the sustained release NAC Sustain. 
I soon learnt this ban could be implemented thanks to the former status of NAC as a prescription drug in the 1960s which was lifted in the 1990s when it became available as a nutritional supplement.  
Why on earth can this simple low-cost amino acid be of interest to the pharmaceutical industry? 
The first thought that came to my and other people's mind was that it must have to do with the increased popularity of NAC during the COVID-pandemic. 
It was obvious to everyone who closely followed the information that was put out by the good doctors at Frontline Covid-19 Critical Care in which they showed that the research done to discredit two dirt cheap drugs HCQ and ivermectin was flawed in an effort to ban cheap drugs that would hinder the process to develop a highly profitable vaccine. 

Feeling sad and stressed due to COVID-lockdown?

Depression in winter time is quite normal, because we aren't exposed to the vitamin D-generating sunrays, which also enhances immunity levels. Fortunately, we can take vitamin D supplements to combat seasonal depression as well as enhance immunity levels.

Another way to chase sadness away is by celebrating, no matter whether that's Sinterklaas, Winter Solstice, Hanukkah, Christmas or New Year. We will decorate our houses, exchange gifts and overeat , get a bit tipsy and enjoy ourselves.
This year is different: restaurants, shops and even gyms need to close down and we are not allowed to gather together in groups. Lack of entertainment, retail therapy and exercise will make it much more difficult to overcome feelings of depression.
It gets worse when you are among those who work in the tourism or entertainment industry and have lost your job as well as most of your income.

For now it is probably best to just accept the current state of affairs and try to console yourself with non-edible goods, such as nice music with a good book, entertaining movie, and aromatherapy (perfume/room fragrances).
And, weather permitting, put on your walking shoes and go for a long walk in the forests or local park.

But perhaps you have been feeling too stressed to enjoy whatever you still can do to relax? Or you were already feeling sad before COVID-19 came along? In that case, DHEA might help.

Plastics in our body

Only fairly recently we have become aware of the dangers of plastics in our environment.
For a long time we thought these plastics would not be of any concern to us. However, invariably, most plastics end up somewhere in the environment: they sit at the bottom of the sea, mix into beach sand, and blow in the wind. They’re also inside us.

It's possible that humans may be consuming anywhere from 39 to 52 thousand microplastic particles a year. With added estimates of how much microplastic might be inhaled, that number is more than 74 thousand.
People who drink only bottled water ingest an additional 90 thousand particles.

When researchers from Johns Hopkins looked at the impact of eating seafood contaminated with microplastics, they too found the accumulated plastic could damage the immune system and upset a gut's balance.

Scientists are scrambling to understand the dose at which microplastics start to have noticeable health effects. Like air pollution or harmful construction materials, those who have more exposure or pre-existing conditions may be less able to tolerate plastic.

Skin hunger: why we crave touch

As we are in the midst of the Easter Holiday, we can't help but feel sad. While Mother Nature is showing abundant signs of spring during a period of incredibly sunny weather, we are barely allowed to go outside other than to do what is absolutely necessary. Our gyms have been closed for almost a month now while in some countries, people aren't even allowed to exercise. Not just group exercise, but also to just jump on a bike and go for long rides. 

While couples and families get grumpy from living together in a cramped space, others face different problems: they are living without any companion whatsoever. Therefore it's not a miracle how all of a sudden, pet asylums have been able to 'clear out' their list of unwanted pets. Not just because people have more time at hand to walk a dog (just about the only thing some are allowed to do) but also because they crave the ability to touch a living being, for lack of being able to touch another human.

Somehow, just like the sense of smell is overlooked, this also is true for the sense of touch. Only when we lose it, we crave it. This craving also is called 'touch hunger' or 'skin hunger'.

How to reduce stress with ASMR

Our brain is programmed to stress us. It does that a lot and on just about any subject. Like a lot of behavioral reactions, stress used to be and still is a survival mechanism that our brain used in order to inject alertness when needed. It’s there so we could harness internal resources and spring into action in a matter of seconds when hunted or hunting.

Fortunately for us, we rarely need to spring into action nowadays to avoid a prowling lion. Today, stress is not helpful and is often counter-productive. When stressed, most of us lose focus and are immersed in unpleasant feelings.

In the past, we needed all that “potential energy” when we faced fight or flight situations. It probably saved our lives more than once. Today, this energy still exists in each of us in certain situations; if it is not discharged via some sort of conduit (either physical or of a more neural nature), it slows us down.
That’s why we need to get creative in the way we release stress. We don’t have time to go on a vacation every week; often we even can’t step away from the almighty computer, tablet, or cell phone.

How did menstruation become a taboo word?

Why don’t we call menstruation by its name but use expressions like 'auntie Flo comes for a visit'? Euphemisms serve a purpose. They give us words to talk about things that are considered culturally taboo.

Menstruation stigma is a form of misogyny. Negative taboos condition us to understand menstrual function as something to be hidden, something shameful. And by not naming a thing, we reinforce the idea that the thing should not be named.

But have periods always needed code words. Where did these words come from, and how did they come about? Were periods always considered a negative experience?

Menstrual euphemisms and taboos are old. But not all societies view menstruation negatively.
Menstrual taboos are found in the holy books like the Quran or the Bible"

…in her menstrual impurity; she is unclean… whoever touches…shall be unclean and shall wash his clothes and bathe in water and be unclean until evening” Leviticus 15

Taboos on menstruation may have existed before agriculture started or even before languages fully evolved.

Declutter your life and feel liberated!

Have you ever looked around in your house upon coming home with a new purchase, to discover you can't find a suitable spot to put it away? Your new fancy mug can't be put up in the cupboard, because it is chockful of mugs and lovely tea cups already. Your new fancy dress can't be hung in the wardrobe as ther's no space left. Sounds familiar, huh?

recommended use
before and during menstruation
Take 2 capsules once a day with or without food, or as directed by a qualified health care practitioner.
Do not take immediately before bed.
Use for a minimum of 3 months to see beneficial effects for menstrual cycle irregularities.

contains per daily serving(2 capsules)
Chasteberry extract (Vitex agnus-castus 12:1) 20 mg
Rhodiola rosea extract (3% rosavin, 1% salidroside) 144 mg
Ashwagandha extract (Withania somnifera 10:1) 300 mg
Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxal-5-Phosphate) 30 mg
Vitamin B12 (Methylcobalamin) 1 mg
Folate (calcium L-5-MTHF) 300 mcg

active ingredient (herbs and vitamins), anti-coagulant (silicon dioxide), filler (microcrystalline cellulose, sodium stearyl fumarate, maltodextrin), capsule (hypromellose)

keep dry and closed at normal room temperature between 15 - 22°C
keep out of reach of young children

Consult a health care practitioner prior to use if you are taking hormone containing medication such as progesterone preparations, oral contraceptives or hormone replacement therapy (HRT) or antidepressant medication.
Consumption with alcohol, drugs or natural health products with sedative properties is not recommended.
May cause irritability and insomnia, in which case discontinue use.
Consult a health care practitioner if symptoms persist or worsen.
Do not use if you have bipolar spectrum disorder.
Consult a health care practitioner when you are nursing a baby or wish to get pregnant.

allergy information
contains no familiar allergens (wheat, gluten, soy, lupin, nuts/tree nuts, celery, mustard, sesame seeds, dairy, egg, fish/shellfish or mollusks) p

suitable for vegetarians and vegans

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