How Alpha Complex can Help Benefit Women’s Health
Whether in health food shops or supplement stores, it seems there are always different supplements designated for men and women.
It’s true: men’s health needs are different from women’s health. Hormone levels are different, there are slightly different risks to certain diseases, and even nutrient needs may be very different for men or women’s development, at any stage in life.
That’s not to say these types of supplements only benefit health discriminately.
If men took women’s supplements, and vice versa, would it be good for them? Or would it not?
CAN WOMEN TAKE MEN’S SUPPLEMENTS (AND VICE VERSA?)
Surprisingly, the answer is, in most cases, yes—it is good for them. Women can find some benefit in men’s supplements, and men can too when they take women’s supplements.
So, what really makes men and women’s supplements different?
It really only comes down to how supplements and their ingredients are chosen. Men’s supplements are designed for men; women’s supplements are designed for women.
But does this mean men and women can only benefit from supplements exclusively made for them? Absolutely not—and this is the case when it comes to one of our favorite formulas, Alpha Complex.
WHAT IS ALPHA COMPLEX?
Alpha Complex is our premier formula designed to optimize men’s health. Each ingredient was carefully chosen among many herbs, mushrooms, and botanicals from all around the world known to benefit men’s health.
We, however, focused on very specific ingredients for specific reasons.
Namely, we’ve chosen those showing the strongest overlap between both tradition and science. Each botanical selected demonstrates a rich, deep history of healing in the past among traditional herbalists and healers, but it is also chosen for scientific interest, research, and plenty of studies.
While yes, these herbs have been historically used (and studied) mostly for how they benefit men’s health, benefits to women’s health certainly aren’t overlooked, either. In some cases, certain ingredients in Alpha Complex were known to be used for overall sexual and reproductive health, regardless of gender or sex.
HOW ALPHA COMPLEX IS GOOD FOR MEN’S HEALTH
Ultimately, Alpha Complex is chock-full of herbs and mushrooms with a strong focus on bodily functions that, when supported, are best known to really boost health in men.
These ingredients are:
How exactly do these above ingredients support men’s health? Depending on any one of these herbal contents, each may help at least one or a combination of the following health-boosting actions:
- Support and increase testosterone levels
- Increase energy and athletic performance
- Improve performance and libido
- Raise fertility levels
- Help boost muscle growth
- Stimulate better hair growth
- Reduce the risk of male reproductive health disorders
- Reduce the risk of male reproductive cancers
- Achieve healthier weight and metabolism
Looking at this list, it’s easy to think that yes, this may be more geared towards men.
But the truth is that these herbs and mushrooms can help women in similar ways—and for that matter too, these ingredients may even act differently in women, though in ways that benefit them separately and uniquely.
WELLNESS FOR ALL: ALPHA COMPLEX IS GREAT FOR WOMEN, TOO
How is this possible? How is an herbal formula, built for benefiting men’s health specifically, so great for the other half of the population as well?
It may be due to herbs’ more holistic, whole-body actions.
What this means: healing mushrooms and botanicals tend to contain plant compounds that strengthen functions all over the body, not just one or two functions.
Studies and traditional knowledge alike have found that each plant, herb, or fungus may have specific actions herbs stimulate. But the general effect of herbs like this is to support the underlying foundation of all health.
From this foundation, more specific health properties can spring.
This accounts for how, throughout history and through scientific research, herbs and mushrooms that help men’s health also appear to help women’s health too, but in more unique (though sometimes similar) ways.
Of course, this also applies to our stellar ingredients in Alpha Complex, too.
This fascinating Asian fungus has a hard-and-fast reputation for boosting sexual health, amping up energy levels, and giving a little fuel to athletes in the exercise department.
For the most part, though, these benefits have been marketed to men.
But we all know perfectly well that the above are sought by women, too. Better yet, studies show that (obviously) these benefits can certainly apply to the female population as well.
Though that isn’t all. One study on cordyceps pointed out data supporting that the mushroom supports sexual health in just about anyone because it exerts positive benefits on the endocrine system in general.
The endocrine system, whether it’s in men or women, does the same thing: it helps to produce and balance hormones.
And while cordyceps is known to help raise testosterone, one study shows that in women, it may help elevate estrogen, which takes care of a whole range of health issues in women. This is especially interesting, considering it keeps estrogen levels steady in men, on the other hand.
Its common name is “horny goat weed,” but its scientific name is epimedium. With a name like horny goat weed, it’s not a stretch to think such an herb is more geared toward the male half of the population, and that women may not be so drawn to it.
Regardless of what it’s called, women have every right to be drawn to it, too.
This is because epimedium restores not only testosterone levels in men, but it also restores estrogen in women, too, not unlike cordyceps. This was shown in a study in 2013, and could spell benefits to women with reproductive disorders, PMS issues, and more.
Yet another study later showed that, because of helping re-balance estrogen, epimedium also helped reduce the risk of osteoporosis caused by estrogen level drops, both of which often occur following menopause.
Epimedium: only good for men? Definitely not.
Once again, an herb with more widespread fame for helping men’s health can also have perks for women.
Also known as “velvet bean,” mucuna pruriens has a long history in Ayurveda.
It was a sexual health tonic that had high aims for men, known to boost libido, increase energy, and reverse infertility. It also strengthens sperm health and fertility, too.
Though in all reality, mucuna was used just as much for women’s sexual health as it was for men’s in ancient times. And the research vouches for this, too.
One specific study showed the herb had estrogenic activity for women, which can be a huge benefit, as we have seen in both cordyceps and epimedium. It was also cited for its use in helping women’s menstrual disorders and fertility.
Properties like this obviously have value for menopausal women especially.
It can help reduce symptoms of this stage of life possibly, and may even reduce one’s need to depend on synthetic estrogens prescribed by doctors, though more studies are needed.
It’s native to southeast Asia (specifically Malaysia), and it is almost synonymous with boosting male health. It does this by raising testosterone levels naturally by supporting the body’s ability to produce and balance them on its own.
The herb long jack is also known to have practically dozens of other different names—such as tongkat ali or pasak bumi—each of them from a different language in the region.
When it comes down to sexual health though, long jack doesn’t discriminate.
This is seen in studies like this one, where the herb very fascinatingly lowered testosterone levels in female test subjects. The result: the females, which were experiencing disorders due to excessive testosterone (with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)-like symptoms), experienced relief and even treatment.
It also restored subjects’ fertility and normalized their fertility cycles.
More studies will be needed to explore these effects further, but this shows that long jack—amazingly—could possibly help women with excessive testosterone.
Pine pollen is yet another botanical that is ever-so-popular for supporting men’s health concerns.
But, like long jack, its famous effects on testosterone (due to its containing of phyto-androgens, according to research) don’t just go one way. They go both ways, for men and women alike.
That’s because testosterone isn’t just a man’s hormone.
That’s right: women have it and need it, too. What’s more, low testosterone levels can be responsible for a number of problems in women—most notably, low sex drive and energy, especially in women who have low estrogen levels too, according to studies.
One study even showed that a phyto-androgen-rich pine pollen extract helped reduce hot flashes in women with menopause. It also theorized that it could help similar symptoms in men going through andropause.
Pine pollen may do this because its testosterone-mimicking nature could stimulate better hormonal balance.
So before thinking that pine pollen, because it’s more like testosterone, has no benefits for women, it may be time to look at the research and think again!
GRAPE SEED EXTRACT
The last main ingredient of Alpha Complex is grape seed extract.
This botanical preparation is famous for containing some very unique antioxidants, all of which are highly esteemed (and researched) for cancer-fighting, heart health-boosting, cholesterol-lowering, and much more.
For men, it has widely been studied for its effects on prostate cancer.
While for women, on the other hand, grape seed’s star antioxidant (called resveratrol) can actually help reduce breast cancer risk especially as they age, according to one study.
In this piece of research, it was also found there were enough of these cancer-reducing antioxidants to be found in a glass of red wine—and that while both red wine and white wine contain resveratrol (due to grape content), red wine is the far superior choice in terms of cancer risk.
Women may want to remember this next time they enjoy a glass of red wine.
On the other hand, while grape seed extract’s main benefits may be found in red wine, its effectiveness is much better in concentrated extractions or supplements fine-tuned for their health benefits specifically.
ANYONE CAN BENEFIT FROM ALPHA COMPLEX
Women and men alike can experience health enhancement from all these herbs and mushrooms above in Alpha Complex.
Even better, we take the potential of these ingredients to the next level. We choose the purest, most sustainably-sourced, organically-grown, and intensively-extracted products possible to go into our blend.
In Alpha Complex:
- Mucuna Pruriens Extract
- Epimedium Extract
- Grape Seed Extract
- Broken Cell Pine Pollen
- Cordyceps Extract
- Long Jack Extract
- Luo Han Guo (Monk Fruit)
- Black Pepper Fruit Extract
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