How does Femenessence™ Macalife™ help you - a peri or pre-menopausal woman?
The beauty of Femenessence™ Macalife™ is that it works with your own body, stimulating your pituitary and adrenal glands and your nervous system to support and balance the levels of the key hormones FSH, Estrogen, LH and Progesterone… and nothing is more natural than your own hormones. When hormone production is regulated and balanced, it is easier for your body to achieve overall physiological harmony, which means fewer menopausal symptoms and most importantly an improvement in general health.
Femenessence™ Macalife™ has been tested for toxicity and pharmaco-dynamic effects, both in laboratory models and in a pilot, clinical trial. In those trials, Natural Health International (NHI) investigated two key areas of health for peri-menopausal women:
- Symptoms related to peri-menopause,
- Women's health issues such as hormone imbalance and general health.
In our clinical trial, according to Kupperman's Menopausal Index, Femenessence™ Macalife™ had an incredible overall success rate of 74 - 82% and was shown to:
- Reduce hot flushes*
- Reduce night sweats*
- Reduce vaginal dryness*
- Help elevate mood*
- Increase energy levels*
Apart from relieving the symptoms you might experience peri-menopause, attention to other important factors will create an environment for optimal health. Potential areas for attention are:
- Hormone balance
- Bone health
- Healthy body weight
On average, women who use Femenessence™ Macalife™ have a positive affect in only 10 days, with the majority noticing improvements in a period ranging from 2 days to 6 weeks.
NHI is so confident of the benefits of Femenessence™ Macalife™ that if you do not see a significant reduction in symptoms on your Wellness Menopause Assessment within six weeks, we are ready to refund your purchase price. Shipping and handling not included.
Femenessence™ Macalife™ has passed stringent medical tests for health and safety, with our full pharmacology and toxicology research published in International Journal of Biomedical Science (2006).
*This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
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What does this mean to you?
As you approach menopause your body no longer produces active follicles, so production of estrogen and progesterone dramatically declines. In our clinical study it has been observed that as compared to placebo, Femenessence™ Macalife™ resulted in a statistically significant increase in FSH, E2 and Progesterone levels in peri-menopausal women,
Increase in FSH
In our clinical trial the placebo had no effect on FSH levels, while Femenessence™ Macalife™ resulted in a statistically significant increase in FSH levels.
As you approach and begin menopause, your bone density decreases. Statistically significant increases in serum calcium levels which support bone health were recorded following the use of Femenessence™ Macalife™.
A significant increase in blood-iron levels was observed in our trials, demonstrating the positive effect of Femenessence™ Macalife™ on normal healthy red blood cell formation and haemoglobin levels.
Femenessence™ Macalife™ significantly lowered blood ACTH levels. This may explain its sedative and stress-reducing effects, as demonstrated by individual symptoms recorded in Kupperman’s Menopausal Index.
As you approach or enter menopause you may experience an increase in body weight due to reduced metabolic rate and changes in hormone production. Regular exercise and a healthy balanced diet are the corner-stones to overall wellbeing and weight management. On average, women in our clinical trials experienced a slight increase in body weight during the first month as their bodies “re-set” their metabolic rate. However after 4 months there was an average 6% reduction in body weight.
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What is Femenessence™ Macalife™?
The primary ingredient of Femenessence™ Macalife™ is Maca-GO™.
Maca-GO™ is not a standard Maca product but is one of the highest quality nutraceuticals on the market today. Maca-GO™ is an organically grown and processed, proprietary combination of four major phenotypes of Lepidium peruvianum Chacon – a specific species of the herb commonly known as Maca. There are a number of different phenotypes of Lepidium peruvianum Chacon – each appearing to display different gender and age-related effects. From the organic Maca roots, which are planted and grown on NHI’s plantation at 4,300m in the Peruvian Andes, NHI selects only specific phenotypes. After harvest the Maca roots are dried using traditional organic methods to enhance and maximize the desired therapeutic effects of the herb. They are then put through NHI’s patented †, organically-certified, manufacturing process. To our knowledge NHI’s entire process, which avoids extreme heat, chlorine and other chemicals, is the only 100% natural and organic method currently in operation in Peru. With these superior methods applied across the board from production to manufacture, the process results in Maca-GO™. This is a concentrated, herbal preparation with enhanced therapeutic potency based on the entire spectrum of active constituents as compared to standard Maca powder. In a comparative laboratory study on Maca-GO™, it has been further shown, that when compared to the highest quality Maca extracts on the market, not only does Maca-GO™ have a higher level of some actives, but also a much wider spectrum of key actives which contribute to reported high potency of Femenessence™ Macalife™.
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How does Femenessence™ Macalife™ work for you?
Femenessence™ Macalife™ works primarily through rejuvenating your body to create a healthy balanced state that promotes optimal health. Femenessence™ therefore works in a unique way for each woman – supporting your individual biological make-up and optimizing your personal health status at any stage of your life.
The beauty of Femenessence Macalife is that it works with your own body, stimulating your pituitary and adrenal glands and your nervous system to support and balance the levels of the key hormones FSH, Estrogen, LH and Progesterone… and nothing is more natural than your own hormones.
When hormone production is regulated and balanced, it is easier for your body to achieve overall physiological harmony, which means fewer menopausal symptoms and most importantly an improvement in general health.
† Patent pending, U.S. Application Serial No. 60/819,583
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How is Femenessence™ Macalife™ different?
Currently you have three options when going through the pre and peri-menopausal stage of life: HRT, bio-identical hormones or natural alternatives.
Current plant-based solutions for menopausal symptoms include Black Cohosh, Red Clover, Wild Yam and soy-containing compounds. These phyto compounds assist with only one aspect of the overall physiological changes that occur during the pre and post menopausal periods, unless of course women are taking three different products!
Femenessence™/Maca-GO™ through its adaptogenic properties, helps balance all hormones by creating an environment for optimal health. This mode of action means that Femenessence actually supports natural production of your own hormones.
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What dose of Femenessence™ should you take?
As demonstrated in our clinical trials, 84% of women experienced positive effects when taking the recommended daily dose of 2 x 500mg capsules twice daily (morning and evening). However all women are different and finding the dose that creates optimal balance for you is a personalized process. Experience has shown that if you don’t benefit from the standard dose, by increasing or reducing, as directed by your practitioner, almost all women will benefit from Femenessence™.
Our suggestion is that you always begin this process by consulting your practitioner and taking our Wellness Menopause Assessment. This will provide both you and your practitioner with an understanding of your current health and provide a base line from which to chart your own personal history of health, menopausal symptoms and overall wellbeing.
Click here to complete your Wellness Menopause Assessment.
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"After 18 days of Femenessence my hot flushes and night sweats were completely gone. My only trouble now is that when I have the week off Femenessence that Natural Health suggest every 10-12 weeks, the hot flushes start to come back and I can't wait to start again!"
Virginia Hewitt, 51 years, Sydney, Australia
"I've been afflicted by the debilitating effects of pre-menstrual hormones for many years. Since my naturopath prescribed Femenessence over a year ago, and with changes in my diet and exercise, I've experienced dramatic improvement in the conditions of my monthly cycle."
Michelle Shocked Los Angeles, CA
"I would like to take this opportunity in thanking you SO much for your concern and not "leaving me out in the cold” (should be hot). I have been doing much better and will persevere because for most of the time it is good now. I guess that is the way my body works. If possible could you give me the link I can look at to show my friends? By the way I originally bought an extra box and I spoke to a friend of mine who took and said that she is so impressed she wants MORE. I also told everyone about the extra care I received in getting me right."
Marilyn Hurwitz NSW Australia
"I didn’t think I suffered any problems associated with my periods, however since taking Femenessence, I realized I probably did suffer the usual side effects – bloating, mood swings and hormone related skin problems. Since taking Femenessence, my periods arrive without any fuss, they now only last about 3 days, my skin and eyes remain clear, and my energy levels stay the same. Generally, I feel great, and for someone who is usually very healthy, I was surprised to enjoy even more vitality."
Kris Abbey, Editor Better Health, Sydney NSW Age 46
"A 41 year old female was suffering from pre-menopausal symptoms such as; anxiety, irregular periods, heavy bleeding, sweats at night erratically, some hot flushes and dreamy, disturbed sleep which had made her very short tempered and tired.
On a hormonal blood test it revealed she was going through a peri-menopausal transition in her body.
After taking a history and examining this patient it was quite evident she was entering into a menopausal stage in her life.
Femenessence was prescribed immediately in order to resolve her symptoms and allow the transition into menopause to be much less complicated and painful.
Within the following 1st month, this patient had a normal non-heavy bleeding period, no erratic night sweats and no hot flushes. Her sleep was not disturbed or drained by too many dreams. Her tiredness left her and her temperament had improved much to her work colleague’s joy. Her anxiety had more than halved in the first 4 weeks, possibly due to the brain adaptogenic attributes of Femenessence.
Following the 2nd month her symptoms were totally gone and her anxiety was not present anymore. A great response and result! It was at this stage I asked the patient to undergo a subsequent hormonal blood test to assess her peri-menopausal state. The patient’s oestrogen, progesterone, testosterone and DHEA levels were all within the normal ranges, indicating possibly that her peri-menopausal onset was premature.
Nevertheless the patient felt back to normal and was not suffering perturbing peri-menopausal symptoms unnecessarily.
B.Sc. D.C., N.D., Dip. Homeopathy, Dip. Clinical Nutrition
"A young girl of 16 years of age was suffering from bloating, heavy periods, cramping, severe acne and weight gain. She had tried many food allergy diets and so on for her bloating and weight gain. She had also tried many cleansers, lotions and so on for her acne.
After taking a history and examining this patient and all the supplements she was already taking, I suggested adding Femenessence to her list of supplements – as Femenessence will assist with her overall neuronal tone and hormonally adaptability. Naturally this was going to be her best possible approach. We started her on one capsule morning and night. Within 7 days her skin started showing obvious signs of improvements.
Her following period was still heavy but there was no cramping.
Within 4 weeks her acne had improved by 80%, she had no bloating and her subsequent period was not heavy and there were no cramps.
By 6 weeks she noticed her jeans were loose on her and she subsequently realised she had lost 4 kilos, without even realising it. She is now taking 2 capsules morning and night to maintain adequate neuronal and hormonal tone.
B.Sc. D.C., N.D., Dip. Homeopathy, Dip. Clinical Nutrition
"Perfect! This is F A N T A S T I C customer service. repeat … F A N T A S T I C! You are the best! All of you! Thank you again for your wonderful support and PLEASE pass on my thanks and appreciation to your team. You guys are really amazing."
IS Sydney NSW
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1. What is an adaptogen?
In 1968, Israel I. Brekhman, PhD, and Dr. I. V. Dardymov formally gave adaptogens a functional definition, as follows:
- An adaptogen is nontoxic to the recipient.
- An adaptogen produces a nonspecific response in the body—an increase in the power of resistance against multiple stressors including physical, chemical, or biological agents.
- An adaptogen has a normalizing influence on physiology, irrespective of the direction of change from physiological norms caused by the stressor.
Very simply, adaptogens are nontoxic, produce a nonspecific defensive response to stress, and have a normalizing influence on the body. They normalize the hypothalamic pituitary adrenal axis.
Adaptogenic herbs are unique from other substances in their ability to balance endocrine hormones and the immune system, and they help the body to maintain optimal homeostasis. Adaptogens have a normalizing effect on the body and are capable of either toning down the activity of hyper functioning systems or strengthening the activity of hypo functioning systems.
2. What’s the difference between the two Femenessence products-MacaPause™ and MacaLife™?
Maca GO™ - currently the only ingredient in MacaPause™ and MacaLife™ is the same combination of phenotypes (or sub species of Lepidium peruvianum Chacon). However NHI is currently undertaking research where we will be adjusting this combination to improve the benefit to pre/peri and post menopausal women. We will also be looking at adding different ingredients to each which will further differentiate MacaPause™ and MacaLife™.
It is important however to know that this same product Maca-GO™ elicits quite different responses in women, depending on what stage of life they are at (i.e pre or post menopause) and dependant upon their own individual hormonal fluctuations. Maca-GO™ is acting as a very powerful adaptogen.
So as an example in a pre-menopausal woman, the FSH levels will increase, but FSH levels will be lowered in a post-menopausal woman.
Our packaging is simply designed to clearly differentiate for our customers the different responses they should experience.
As an aside the phenotype ingredient combination used in our men’s product is completely different from our women’s. Maca-GO™ is for women and Maca-OG™ is for men and they elicit different physiological responses.
3. What’s the difference between Maca-GO™ and other products with maca as an ingredient?
There are 2 quite distinct species of Maca:
- Lepidium meyenii Walpers and
- Lepidium peruvianum Chacon
Lepidium peruvianum Chacon is the only species shown to have a therapeutic effect and importantly only Lepidium peruvianum Chacon grown above 4,000m has been proven to have therapeutic efficacy.
Lepidium peruvianum Chacon also contains several different phenotypes or sub species. Each phenotype has a specific physiological affect on the body with Maca-GO™ containing a specific phenotype combination. NHI standardises Maca-GO™ to ensure that every batch is consistent with the quality of the product used in our clinical trials. NHI also has a different phenotype combination for men called Maca-OG™.
- Femenessence (Maca-GO™) for women
- Revolution (Maca-OG™) for men
Maca-GO™ is further differentiated from other maca products by NHI’s patented (Provisional Patent U.S. No. 60/819,583) manufacturing process which increases the concentration of the entire spectrum of actives. To give you an analytical comparison of the quality comparison of Maca-GO™ versus the top selling maca extracts, which are themselves 10:1 or 4:1 concentrations of normal maca powders or gelatinized maca. Below is a TLC spectro-analysis:
2. Arginin, standard
3. Other maca extract (US)
4. Other maca extract (Europe)
5. Prolin, standard
2. Other maca extract (US)
3. Other maca extract (US)
4. Other maca extract (Europe)
For further information on NHI’s proprietary manufacturing processes go to Manufacturing.
4. Do all women take the same dose?
As demonstrated in our clinical trials, 84% of women experienced positive effects when taking the recommended daily dose of 2 x 500mg capsules twice daily (morning and evening). However all women are different and finding the dose that creates optimal balance for you is a personalized process. Experience has shown that by increasing or reducing the standard dose, almost all women will benefit from Femenessence™.
We always suggest a woman starts on the standard dose however if you are not noticing an improvement after 4-6 weeks please consult your practitioner about adjusting your dose or contact NHI at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can assist or refer you to a qualified practitioner.
Prior to use, we suggest that you take the Wellness Menopause Assessment and consult your practitioner for assessment of the following:
- Cholesterol levels (HDL and LDL)
- Blood pressure
- Bone density
- Body weight
Taking the Wellness Menopause Assessment will provide you and your practitioner with a baseline, from which improvements can be measured and dose adjustments can be made. It will also chart your own history of menopausal symptoms and overall wellbeing.
5. What if I am taking the “pill” or another form of HRT?
The “pill” or various HRT preparations are mostly forms of estrogen including phyto estrogens and are often provided in conjunction with progestin, while some preparations contain progestin exclusively. These synthetic or “natural” hormones are introduced into the body to increase the low levels of estrogens and progesterone that are produced naturally. HRT and the pill have been used for decades to treat menopausal conditions such as hot flashes, mood swings and bone loss. However since the Women’s Health initiative concerns have been raised over potential increased side affects. Femenessence™ offers an organic, adaptogenic, non-hormonal option for women.
The unique mode of action of Femenessence™ to stimulate your body’s own production of hormones means that you can initially take both HRT and Femenessence™ together rather than going “cold turkey”. In conjunction with guidance from your practitioner you would take the standard dose of Femenessence™ (2 capsules morning and evening) while slowly decreasing your intake of HRT or the “pill” over a period of 8-12 weeks.
6. What if I am taking Bio-identical hormones?
Recent research, including that in International Journal of Cancer 2005, shows that bio-identical hormones such as Estriol, Estradiol and Progesterone are not only bio chemically identical to your own hormones but may in fact, be safer than the variety of estrogens and synthetic progestin that are contained in HRT products. This is very interesting and potentially encouraging research for women around the world.
However like HRT, bio identical hormones introduce only 1or 2 bio-chemically identical hormones into your body. Femenessence™ takes this one step further by positively affecting all the hormones in your body and even more importantly, by affecting your body’s own biologically identical hormone production to create the optimal hormonal balance for your individual wellbeing.
7. What if I have had a hysterectomy with bilateral oophorectomy?
Your body produces estrogens and/or progesterone in differing amounts through fat cells, the adrenal glands, the brain and liver. As the overectomised subjects in our pharmacology demonstrated, even without ovaries, we saw significant increases in hormone production. Women who have had this procedure are seeing similar results with increases in estrogens and progesterone. The response to Femenessence is positive and essentially the same as that seen in post-menopausal women, with increase in oestrogen, progesterone and decrease in FSH. Additional positive effects on thyroid, adrenals and GIT absorption could be expected.
8. What if I’m on thyroid medication?
Because of Femenessence™ adaptogenic effects (including effect on thyroid), clients taking Thyoxine/Oroxine or herbal preparations for under active thyroid or (e.g. Hashimoto) need to be carefully monitored to avoid possibility of thyroxin overdose.
The clinical studies on Femenessence™ were conducted on women whose thyroid and other endocrine functions were within normal laboratory values. If you are taking thyroid hormone or other medication, you should consult your health practitioner. Monitoring of hormone levels may indicate reduction of thyroid or other medication in accordance with your personal sensitivity to recommended dosage of Femenessence™.
9. What about after Breast Cancer?
Since HRT is not advised for women at high risk of breast cancer or with a disease aggravated by estrogens, including breast cancer, active liver and certain cardiovascular diseases, Femenessence™ a natural adaptogenic non-hormonal plant preparation - is a serious alternative.
10. What if I'm taking Tamoxifen?
Tamoxifen is used as adjuvant or additional therapy to primary treatment for early stages breast cancer, and it is also recommended for women at high risk of developing breast cancer reducing the chance of developing the disease (in women and men).
We may assume that Femenessence™ – which increases Estrogen in the body of both pre- and postmenopausal women, could counteract Tamoxifen treatment.
In view of the above Femenessence™ should not be introduced to pre- and/or post-menopausal women on Tamoxifen treatment.
11. Will Femenessence™ help with early menopause?
We have not conducted the clinical trials to show that Femenessence™ can bring FSH levels down to induce ovulation however what we know of the mode of action indicates that this could be possible.
Your physician should monitor all hormone levels closely while you're taking Femenessence™, and depending on what occurs, the dose of your hormone therapy could be adjusted downwards.
To have the best chance of success, all additional health-promotion measures (diet/lifestyle/environment/attitude) should be followed.
12. Will Femenessence affect the pill as contraception?
By Jan Roberts: Unfortunately while we recognize that ‘the pill’ is a fact of life for many women, we cannot endorse its continuing use. If you are indeed trying to optimize your health, and wish to use natural products to do so, your choice of contraception methods should reflect that desire.
Unnatural methods of contraception rely on drugs and devices, which manipulate and suppress reproductive function and which can have devastating effects on your health. They endanger, rather than enhance, subsequent fertility, and contribute to the ill health and confusion of most women of child bearing age and their partners.
So profound are the alterations in nutritional status alone, that some women take years to restore zinc status after pill use. When zinc is considered to be the most essential trace element, we firmly believe that natural methods of contraception must be embraced if you want to enjoy optimal wellbeing and certainly if you want maximum benefits from Femenessence (or any other natural product).
Natural methods of contraception aim to understand and tune into natural cycles, and make use of the body's own signs of fertility. They celebrate cyclical activity in the woman, and fertility in both partners, and also give a choice each month as to whether you choose to conceive or not.
For more on natural methods of contraception – read Natural Fertility (Francesca Naish) and/or The Natural Way to Better Babies.
By James Frame: However in saying that this is every woman’s own personal choice and according to Dr Meissner, Femenessence™ will not affect the functionality of the pill as a contraception.
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