By Shop Talk
When you review the ingredients you will find that it carries with it many other benefits that contribute to over-all health. The presence of herbs to help balance hormones, relieve anxiety and mood swings around women’s cycles, increase energy, mental clarity, protect against heart disease and aging, increase immune function and aid in better digestion which are the benefits gained from the ‘Activator Blend’, while including many of your vitamin and mineral needs to maintain a healthy body is a bonus.
What is L-Arginine?
L-arginine is an amino acid that has numerous functions in the body. It helps the body get rid of ammonia (a waste product), is used to make compounds in the body such creatine, L-glutamate, and L-proline, and can be converted to glucose and glycogen if needed.
L-arginine is used to make the nitric oxide, a compound in the body that relaxes blood vessels. Preliminary studies have found that L-arginine may help with conditions that improve when blood vessels are relaxed (called vasodilatation), such as atherosclerosis, erectile dysfunction, and intermittent claudication.
L-arginine is also involved in protein formation. In larger amounts, L-arginine stimulates the release of hormones growth hormone and prolactin.
Why Do People Use L-Arginine
- Heart disease
In the body, L-arginine is used to make nitric oxide, which reduces blood vessel stiffness, increases blood flow, and improves blood vessel function.However, L-arginine should not be used immediately following a heart attack. An study sponsored by the National Institutes of Health examining the use of L-arginine after a heart attack was terminated early after six patients died, a disproportionate number. There were no deaths in the patients who did not receive L-arginine.
The study researchers speculate that L-arginine may aggravate the effects of cardiac shock. The results were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
- • Another study involving 77 women of all ages found that after four weeks, 73.5% of the women who took a supplement including L-Arginine experienced greater sexual satisfaction, including heightened desire and clitoral sensation, frequency of intercourse and orgasm, and less vaginal dryness.
The positive benefits of arginine go beyond sexual enhancement
This remarkable amino acid helps build muscle mass, enhance immune function, improve blood pressure, increase memory, and speed wound healing.8910 Arginine-derived nitric oxide has also been found to play a supporting role in the cardiovascular, immune, and nervous systems and has been validated by hundreds of studies.
L-Arginine is essential to several systems in the body. Among its many roles, L-Arginine:
- • Is a precursor of nitric oxide
- • Promotes circulation resulting in improved blood flow
- • Stimulates the release of growth hormone
- • Improves immune function
- • Reduces healing time of injuries
- • Plays a role in the formation of bone and tendons
- • Increases muscle mass, while reducing body fat
- • Supports male fertility, improving sperm production and motility
- • Reduces risk of blood clots and stroke
- • Supports normal blood pressure
- • Improves vascular function for patients with angina
- • Helps recovery after heart attack
- • Helps prevent and treat cardiovascular disease
Helps reduce growth of cancerous tumors
Ginkgo leaves are believed to contain compounds that thin blood and help to improve muscle tone in the walls of blood vessels. This may enhance blood flow. Ginkgo is one of the oldest living tree species. The extract of ginkgo leaves is used medicinally in North America, where it’s one of the most popular medicinal herbs, and many other countries around the world. In traditional Chinese medicine, the seeds of the ginkgo tree are used to improve mental function
- • Alzheimer’s disease
- • Age-related memory loss
- • Macular degeneration
- • Sexual dysfunction
- • To enhance blood circulation
Dong Quai is also known as Chinese Angelica and is primarily known for it’s uses in treating women’s problems including lack of sexual desire, the symptoms of menopause, cramps and PMS. It aids in increasing the effects of hormones in both men and women and is widely used as an aphrodisiac. Dong Quai is particularly useful in helping to end hot flashes and menstrual cramps. It is also used as a liver tonic and in treating sciatica and shingles.
It is one of the most widely consumed herbs in China, used as frequently as ginseng and licorice. Dong quai has been used by the Chinese for more than two thousand years, as a strengthener of the heart, lung, spleen, liver and kidney meridians and as a tonic for the blood. It is traditionally characterized as a warm atmospheric energy that promotes blood circulation. Their studies suggest that dong quai offers some value when used in conjunction with other Chinese herbs, particularly black cohosh, to treat PMS. When used in combination with ginseng (Asian ginseng) and astragalus (Astragalus membranaceus), dong quai decreased symptoms of chest pain and improved exercise tolerance in a small group of people with heart disease. A series of reports published in China indicate that the use of dong quai just following a stroke demonstrated a decrease in the amount of brain damage.
Tribulus is most often used for infertility, erectile dysfunction, and low libido. In the last decade, it has become popular to improve sports performance.
According to Dr. Michael Elstein, author of the book Eternal Health, tribulus has no effect on testosterone in women. Instead, it works on the hormone oestradiol (the predominant sex hormone in women, representing estrogen). Because of its effects on hormone balance, it can be used to treat menopause symptoms like hot flashes. Other symptoms associated with premenstrual syndrome can also be alleviated. Fatigue, insomnia and depression can also be reduced. It also works on womens’ libidos, as its aphrodisiac qualities extend to both sexes. Tribulus increases and helps to regulate the ovulation cycle in women, and for this reason it is considered an herb that helps with fertility.
Damiana has been widely used as an aphrodisiac in Mexico for men and women.
The use of Damiana as an aphrodisiac is somewhat controversial because there is no scientific evidence that it works and yet it has been widely promoted as a sexual stimulant. One study suggests that Damiana may have plant compounds with effects similar to those of progesterone. Over 150 herbs were tested for their ability to bind with estrogen and progesterone receptors in breast cancer cells and found that the Damiana was among the six highest progesterone-binding herbs and spices.
Damiana is also used for asthma, anxiety, depression, headache, and menstrual disorders
Ashwagandha root is a herb of the ages. It is the ‘ginseng’ of Ayurvedic medicine, the traditional medicine of India and is considered an ‘adaptogen’, a term used to describe herbs that improve physical energy and athletic ability, increase immunity to colds and infections and increase sexual capacity and fertility.
One reason for ashwagandha’s reputation as a general energy-promoting, disease-preventing tonic may be its effect on the immune system. A number of studies have shown significant increases in white blood cell counts and other measures of strengthened immunity in rodents given Ashwagandha or certain chemicals extracted from the herb. Ashwagandha may also have a mild sedative effect on the central nervous system and in animal studies it has been shown to be a muscle relaxant. It is commonly used to increase vitality, particularly when recovering from chronic illnesses and pain management for arthritic conditions. Ashwagandha may also help regulate blood sugar which aids in suppressing sugar cravings.
Ashwagandha seems to show positive effects on the endocrine, cardio, and central nervous systems. It is one herb that could help your body produce it’s own thyroid hormones.
Ashwagandha is used to restore male libido, cure impotence and increase male fertility. It is widely used in southern Asia as a male sexuality tonic.
Strengthens immune system, antioxidant, rejuvenating. abortifacient, adaptogen, antibiotic, aphrodisiac, astringent, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-anxiety, anti-tumor, immuno-modulating, diuretic; narcotic, sedative, tonic.
Increase immunity to colds & infections, vitality, male fertility and libido. Combats impotence and helps regulate blood sugar.
Slows tumor growth
Preliminary studies indicate that the herb helps to reduce the negative effects of stress, slow tumour growth, treat anxiety and insomnia, and reduce cholesterol in addition to increasing sexual performance.
Like American ginseng, Asian ginseng is a light tan, gnarled root that often looks like a human body with stringy shoots for arms and legs. Thousands of years ago, herbalists thought that because of the way ginseng looks it could treat many different kinds of ailments, from fatigue and stress to asthma and cancer. In traditional Chinese medicine, ginseng was often combined with other herbs and used often to bring longevity, strength, and wisdom to its users.
Ginseng is sometimes called an “adaptogen,” an herb that helps the body deal with various kinds of stress, although there is no scientific evidence of adaptogens. But ginseng has been studied for several conditions, and it remains of the most popular herbs in the United States. Many of the studies examining Asian or Korean ginseng have used combinations of herbs, so it’s not always possible to say whether ginseng alone had any benefit. Research on Asian ginseng has included the following:
Immune system health
Asian ginseng is believed to enhance the immune system, possibly helping the body fight off infection and disease. Several clinical studies report that Asian ginseng can improve immune function. Studies have found that ginseng seems to increase the number of immune cells in the blood, and improve the immune system’s response to a flu vaccine. In one study, 227 participants received either ginseng or placebo for 12 weeks, with a flu shot administered after 4 weeks. The number of colds and flu were two-thirds lower in the group that took ginseng.
- Cardiovascular health
Asian ginseng seems to have antioxidant effects, meaning it helps rid the body of free radicals, substances which can damage DNA and are thought to contribute to heart disease, diabetes, and other conditions. Preliminary studies suggest Asian ginseng may improve the symptoms of heart disease in humans. It also may decrease “bad” LDL cholesterol levels and raise “good” HDL cholesterol.
- Mental performance
People who take ginseng often say they feel more alert. Several studies report that Asian ginseng may slightly improve thinking or learning. Early research shows that Asian ginseng may improve performance on such things as mental arithmetic, concentration, memory, and other measures. More research in this area, although not easy to do, would be helpful. Some studies have also found a positive effect with the combination use of Asian ginseng andGinkgo biloba.
The studies have varied in what kinds of mental function they measured, making it hard to know exactly what the effects of ginseng are. For example, one study found an increase in the ability think abstractly among those who took ginseng, but no change in their reaction time or concentration levels.
- Physical endurance
There have been a number of studies using Asian ginseng for athletic performance in humans and laboratory animals. Results have been mixed, with some studies showing increased strength and endurance, others showing improved agility or reaction time, and others showing no effect at all. Nevertheless, athletes often take Asian ginseng to boost both endurance and strength. Asian ginseng was also found to reduce fatigue in a study of 332 patients.
- Stress and well-being
Asian ginseng is sometimes called an “adaptogen,” something that helps the body deal with stress, whether physical or mental. While that can be difficult to study, there is some evidence that ginseng (both Asian and American types) can improve quality of life — although quality of life can be hard to measure, too. A study of 501 men and women living in Mexico City found significant improvements in quality of life measures (energy, sleep, sex life, personal satisfaction, well-being) in those taking Asian ginseng. Another well-designed study found that people taking a nutritional supplement with ginseng reported better quality of life than those taking the same supplement without ginseng.
- Alzheimer’s disease
Individual reports and animal studies indicate that Asian ginseng may slow the progression of Alzheimer’s, decrease senility, and improve memory and behavior. Studies of large groups of people are needed.
Several studies suggest that Asian ginseng may reduce the risk of some types of cancers. In one observational study, researchers followed 4,634 people for 5 years and found that those who took ginseng had lower risk of lung, liver, pancreatic, ovarian, and stomach cancer. However, the study could not rule out other factors being responsible for the lower risk of cancer (including eating habits). And it found that taking ginseng as few as 3 times a year led to a dramatic reduction in cancer risk, which is hard to believe.
A number of studies have found that Asian ginseng seems to inhibit the growth of tumors, although researchers aren’t yet sure how it might work in humans. More research is needed.
- Menopausal symptoms
There have been only a few studies examining ginseng for menopausal symptoms. Two well-designed studies evaluating red Korean (Asian) ginseng suggest it may relieve some of the symptoms of menopause, improving mood (particularly feelings of depression) and sense of well-being.
Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata) was used traditionally in the Americas and later in Europe as a “calming” herb for anxiety, insomnia, seizures, and hysteria. It is still used today to treat anxiety and insomnia. Although scientists aren’t sure, it is believed that passionflower works by increasing levels of a chemical called gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in the brain. GABA lowers the activity of some brain cells, making you more relaxed.
Passionflower tends to have effects that aren’t as strong as valerian (Valeriana officinalis) or kava (Piper methysticum), two other herbs used to treat anxiety. Passionflower is often combined with valerian, lemon balm (Melissa officinalis), or other calming herbs. Few scientific studies have tested passionflower as a treatment for anxiety or insomnia, however. And because it is often combined with other calming herbs, it is difficult to tell what the effects of passionflower alone might be.
One study of 36 people with generalized anxiety disorder found that passionflower was as effective as the drug oxazepam (Serax) for treating symptoms. In another study of 91 people with anxiety symptoms, researchers found that an herbal European product containing passionflower and other herbal sedatives significantly reduced symptoms compared to placebo. A more recent study found that patients who were given passionflower before surgery had less anxiety, but recovered from anesthesia just as quickly, than those given placebo.