Can I find a menopause supplement without potential risks? “You can!” says Dr. Mary Tagliaferri, renowned women’s health and botanical medicine expert. Over nearly two decades, Dr. Tagliaferri and her team of health innovators developed and tested a formula based on Traditional Chinese Medicine that doesn’t carry the risks of other supplements. “Dr. Tags” asserts that her plant-based product is as effective as hormone-based therapy. Understand your options for menopause symptom relief.
Given the proliferation of supplements on the market, what made you want to develop this natural menopause formula?
There is a conspicuous lack of supplements that have solid scientific research behind them. Many supplements claim an efficacy that they’re unable to prove, luring women into buying a product and believing in it through marketing alone. I have been personally involved in the research behind our formulas for almost 20 years and it has been my passion to prove its efficacy and safety.
Menopause is not a women’s health issue that gets enough press, though 40 million women at any given time suffer from its symptoms.
I wanted to be able to offer a natural and safe alternative to the medical treatment options that are currently available, many of which are associated with dangerous side effects.
How did you go about creating the formula?
The formula is based on a 2000-year-old Traditional Chinese Medicine herbal combination. We tested the herbs in the traditional formula to see which had significant effects on the estrogen “receptors” (proteins that respond to estrogen in the body). We then chose 10 of the estrogen receptor-stimulating herbs and crafted our formula. Our team then ran clinical trials in perimenopausal women who had the symptoms our formula is intended to treat. Once we were convinced of its safety and efficacy, we offered the formula for sale.
How long did it take you to develop the formula, and what type of research did you do?
We started researching the effects of the herbs in 1996. As evidence of the herbs’ safety and their effect on the estrogen receptors became clear, we began clinical trials in women experiencing menopause.
Are there other herbal menopause remedies on the market and what makes yours different?
Similar supplements are available. The difference between our formula and others is the wealth of understanding we have of the herbs’ biological effects and the rigorous testing of the herbs for efficacy in actual perimenopausal women. We know the formula works because women in our clinical trials showed a consistent decrease in their symptoms. All of our products also undergo rigorous safety testing for pesticides, heavy metals and microbiology. My insistence on employing pharmaceutical-level quality control measures stems from two decades of experience in the biotechnology industry.
Do you think plant-based remedies are more effective than hormone-based medications?
I know from our research that our formula is equally effective to the low-dose hormonal therapy women take during menopause. However, the huge benefit of plant-based formulas over hormone-based therapies is the safety of the herbal approach. Hormone therapy is associated with some pretty nasty risks: breast and uterine cancer, heart attacks and strokes, and blood clots, to name a few. Our formula has been rigorously tested for safety and has no known side effects or risks.
How does the formula actually work?
Each of the herbs contains a unique “phytoestrogen,” or plant-based estrogen. These estrogen compounds stimulate estrogen receptors in the body. During perimenopause, the ovaries making estrogen start slowing down estrogen production and there’s less estrogen available to stimulate the receptors, which leads to perimenopausal symptoms (like hot flashes, night sweats, irritability, insomnia, etc).
Your body essentially goes through estrogen withdrawal.
Our formula stimulates the estrogen receptors, which leads to relief from symptoms.
But here’s the critical difference between our formula and traditional estrogen hormone therapy: Our formula stimulates only “beta-type” estrogen receptors, whereas hormone therapy stimulates both alpha-type and beta-type receptors. Stimulating the alpha receptors is associated with development of cancer, heart attacks, strokes, and the rest. Stimulating the beta receptors does NOT lead to any health risks. That’s why our herbs are so safe; they only use the safe pathway to symptom relief.
How long do the results last and will a woman always have to take the supplement?
The results last as long as a woman is regularly taking the formula, just like traditional hormone therapy.
During the menopausal transition, estrogen levels fluctuate wildly, which causes the sudden hot flash, the sudden night sweat, the quick onset of irritability and anger.
Eventually, estrogen levels do stabilize, albeit at a lower level than before menopause. By that point, symptoms abate naturally. It’s during the transition that our bodies need all the help they can get, and it’s those estrogen fluctuations that herbs can really help.
Who is a good candidate for this formula? Can a woman take the formula any time before, after or during menopause?
A woman can take the formula at any time she develops symptoms. Some women can have hot flashes and night sweats for several years before their periods becomes irregular. Other women develop irregular periods and perimenopausal symptoms all at once. Any of these women who are just beginning to feel estrogen withdrawal, who are in the thick of it, or who are just beginning to come out of it will benefit from the formula.
If I’ve had a hysterectomy, can I take the formula?
The ovaries are primarily responsible for producing estrogen. If you’ve had a hysterectomy but still have your ovaries, you will still go through menopause (with menopausal symptoms) when the ovaries slow down their estrogen production. If you’ve recently had your ovaries removed, you’re now going through sudden (likely pretty shocking) estrogen withdrawal, because you’ll have almost no estrogen production by the body at all. In both cases, the formula can help you, since it stimulates estrogen receptors when your body’s estrogen levels are low.
Where can you buy the formula?
Dr. Tagliaferri’s Menopause Formula is available online at www.drtags.com.
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