Pueraria mirifica (Kwao Krua) is a plant that originates in Thailand and Southeast Asia. The roots of Pueraria mirifica have been used in traditional medicine to promote youthfulness and rejuvenation in both men and women. The particular plant compounds known as phytoestrogens make up the primary active components in the plant. Due to its strong estrogenic effect, it is sold as an herbal supplement primarily used to treat symptoms of menopause. However, research suggests that the plant may offer other health benefits as well.
Bone loss. An inadequate supply of estrogen can lead to bone loss and this is a major health concern for (post-) menopausal women. A study in estrogen-deficient mice evaluated the effect of Pueraria mirifica on preventing osteoporosis. Results revealed better preservation of bone mineral density in certain bones of the mice that received the highest doses of the plant supplement.
Antioxidant. Antioxidants are chemical compounds that reduce levels of stress and oxidative damage within your body that may otherwise cause disease. Some test-tube research suggests that Pueraria mirifica may have antioxidant properties. Phytoestrogen compounds found in the plant may play a role in increasing and improving the function of certain antioxidants found within your body.
Anti-tumorous. Another possible health benefit of Pueraria mirifica is its potential to slow the growth of cancerous cells and tumors. Some test-tube studies suggest that the plant and its phytoestrogen compounds may inhibit the growth of several breast cancer cell lines. One study found a cancer-protective effect in mice after supplementing with a specific compound known as miroestrol in found Puerica.
Pueraria mirifica may also benefit your heart health since this may be affected by decreased estrogen levels during and after menopause. Estrogen is involved in the metabolism of fats and sugars within your body. Reduced estrogen levels can negatively influence factors that affect your heart health, such as higher cholesterol, increased inflammation, and weight gain. A study in rabbits with low estrogen production on the effect of Pueraria mirifica on artery function found that the supplement significantly improved blood vessel function, compared to the control group.
Cholesterol. The plant may also improve heart health due to its potential effects on cholesterol levels. HDL or “good” cholesterol plays a role in keeping your arteries free from plaque. Thus, higher levels of this type of cholesterol promote heart health. Conversely, having higher levels of “bad” LDL cholesterol is associated with a greater risk of heart disease. Therefore, lower levels of this compound are favorable. A small study of postmenopausal women concluded that taking Pueraria mirifica supplements increased HDL cholesterol by 34% and reduced LDL cholesterol by 17%
Serving Size: 1 Capsule. Servings per container: 100.
Pueraria Mirifica. Each capsule contain 500 mg.
Other ingredients: vegetable cellulose. No added salt, yeast, gluten, wheat, milk derivatives, preservatives, artificial colours, flavours or sweeteners.
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