David Foreman, retired pharmacist, author and host of “The Herbal Pharmacist,” radio show stops by to discuss four health challenges for women and the best natural approaches to use for positive results without long-term side effects:
Headaches & Menstrual Cramps Natural Approach: Foreman’s go-to natural ibuprofen is Perluxan, a food ingredient made of a supercritical extract from hops cones (the same Humulus lupulus L. used to flavor beer). In a study, Perluxan went head-to-head with ibuprofen and exhibited COX-2 inhibition for more than 9 hours, equivalent to 400 milligrams of ibuprofen (two tablets), without the gastrointestinal side effects.
UTIs Natural Approach: A natural concentrated cranberry ingredient called Cran-Max has been scientifically proven to be effective in treating UTIs, even in severe cases. Foreman says cranberry is key because it inhibits bacteria from attaching to the bladder wall, preventing the spread of the infection. A new study shows immediate results for UTIs by taking one, 500-milligram dose of Cran-Max, compared to most cranberry supplements that would take much longer to get into your system before you start to see a result.
Hot Flashes & Mood Swings Natural Approach: Herbs such as black cohosh, which has been scientifically proven to have estrogenic activity, and vitex agnus-castus, to replace low progesterone levels, can be highly effective.
Fine Lines & Wrinkles Natural Approach: Fish oil may be world’s the best-kept beauty secret for wrinkles and not only should you ingest it daily, but if you can handle the fishy smell, massaging it on to your face can help soften and erase lines. Its rich content of vitamins A, D and omega-3 fatty acids will keep skin looking hydrated and youthful.