It is important to understand that there are two very different substances today which are sometimes called “phyto-estrogen”.
One of these substances is more accurately called xeno-estrogen, or psuedo-estrogen. Xeno-estrogens are chemical compounds, usually caused by toxic environmental pollution. Xeno-estrogens have been linked to various birth defects and other physical ailments, because of their ability to mimic many of the functions of the human estrogen hormone, and thereby interfere with cellular functioning.
Xeno-Estrogens, aka psuedo-estrogens, are the molecules that do the “weak-bonding, estrogen receptor interference” thing.
For many hundreds and even thousands of years, humans have known of the healing properties of various plants, flowers, and fruits, for various ailments.
Over the past century, science and technology have enabled herbal processing companies to extract the specific bio-molecules of these plants, flowers, and fruits which are beneficial to human health and well-being.
Phyto-estrogens are the bio-molecules which are the active ingredients of estrogenic plant, flower, or fruit in the herbal world.
The human body makes its primary hormones from the foods we eat, starting from cholesterol. Cholesterol is a precursor for pregnenolone, which becomes DHEA, which further morphs into the hundreds of various hormones the human body requires in order to function properly.
For example, pregnenolone can then further convert to estrogen, and/or testosterone, depending on whether a person’s body is primarily female or male, and on signals (other hormones) from the pituitary and other sex glands;
All of the food we eat is supposed to be used by the human body to maintain life and bodily function. For example, our bodies extract beta carotene from the yellow and orange vegatables we eat; the beta carotene then works to support our immune system and maintain our eyesight…. Lettuce/salad, fruits, etc., also contribute to bodily function.
For thousands of years, healers knew that various plants could be used to heal — or at least control — various disorders.
This knowledge was the beginning of modern medicine, as mankind worked to improve nature. Aspirin is one of the best examples of this; another example is coumidin, an oral anticoagulant used to control blood clotting, also called warfarin.
The original discovery in 1939 that spoiled sweet clover possessed anticoagulant properties is a classic story in pharmacology.
Warfarin is also the active ingredient in the poison which various rodenticides and insecticides use. So as you can see, things herbal can be beneficial, and some can be poisonous, depending on what they are and how they are used.
There is a classification of herbs that have been used for centuries to help women manage their hormone balance; these are the phyto-estrogenic herbs.
As with any plants and/or berries, from lettuce and cherries, on, there are limits to what your body can extract and utilize
from the grown and harvested plant material.
In addition, there are issues of potency and purity (which anyone from the marijuana generations should understand);
There are no regulations or standards in the herbal industry which govern potency or purity,
or even for measuring herbs. There are no regulations governing the use of powdered stem, twigs, and/or bark in herbal formulations. Therefore, It is quite possible that one manufacturer’s “500mg” herbal product has far less of the “good stuff” than another manufacturer’s “25mg product”. So you can easily see that comparing numbers across labels from various manufacturers is an exercise in futility; comparisons based on millligrams have no meaning,.
Over the past several decades, male wisdom and knowledge said that “to get any significant benefit from herbs,
an individual would have to consume massive quantities of them”.
But today, techniques for extracting the “good stuff” — the active ingredients/bio-molecules — from various herbs,
and concentrating that material into a formulation, have overcome this limitation.
This is the philopsophy behind the Evanesce and Feminol formulations. These products are state-of-the-art formulations,
and have easily overcome the traditional limitations on using herbs for increasing and/or controling hormones.
Phyto-estrogens do NOT, in general, contain actual human hormones or chemicals. Neither do drug hormones such as Premarin. There are some exceptions, some plants which do contain bio-molecules virtually identical to human estrogen. And when this plant material is combined with other phyto-estrogens, the resulting formulation has incredible potency; i.e., an incredible ability to modify the human hormone systems.
The bio-molecules from the herbs used in the formulation of Evanesce and Feminol are ones that the human body can use to create estrogen. From that point on, estrogen is estrogen is estrogen.
Drug hormones, such as Premarin manufactured from horse urine (PREgnant MARe uRINe), must go through the liver to get their estrogenic substances to release. And, the excess estrogen released (estrogen beyond what the body can use at the time)
must be processed through the liver again, and the kidneys, in order to be eliminated from the body. These organs were not “designed” to process that much estrogen, which is why frequent kidney and liver function testing is required for those on prescription hormones. Injectable prescription hormones must also be processed out, if their levels are in excess of what the body can use.
Using herbal ingredients to create additional estrogen, on the other hand, allows the body create what it can use utilizing normal bodily biological conversions.
Are herbs faster or slower, or less effective? Tradition says yes; experience says no, depending on the potency, purity, and quantity of herbs taken, as well as the individual’s personal unique genetics, general health and nutrition factors.
Nutrition factors, for example, include nicotine, which interferes with the formation and utilization of estrogen.
Nicotine plus estrogen combine to create a strong potential for blood clots — this is NOT a safe combination, no matter what the source of estrogen is. Most doctors will not prescribe estrogen to a person who smokes. And in this example, once again we see how an herb (tobacco) affects the body’s endrocrin system…….
Herbs and berries containing phytoestrogens also have other compounds, such as flavonoids, which control the effects of other hormones; phytoestrogens can even ease menstrual cramps. “Unlike drugs, the herbs naturally nourish and tone the female system, making them useful in a broad range of female conditions”, according to Dr. Michael Murray, “…with no reported side effects.”
Evanesce is one of the very first commercially available phyto-chemical products, naturally formulated from plants and berries to emphasize phyto-estrogens.