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Hepatica Shatavari is a dietary supplement containing a standardised shatavari root extract; the plant is believed to have the ability to regulate hormone levels, especially in the female organism. Moreover, shatavari has antimicrobial and immunomodulatory properties.
The product is designed particularly for women and constitutes a natural response to the needs of the female organism at all stages of life. It balances the female endocrine system and delays aging processes. It can be recommended for young women who struggle with the problem of irregular or painful periods or suffering from the premenstrual syndrome, as well as for those who are planning to have children or want their menopause to go smoothly. Supplementation is also worth considering when it comes to the improvement of sex life – the preparation works as an aphrodisiac and solves the problem of frigidity.
Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus), also known as satavar or shatamull, is a species of asparagus, very popular because of its taste and therapeutic effects. It enjoys particular popularity in Ayurveda-related medicine, where the roots of the plant are used for alleviating nearly all symptoms connected with the female reproductive system.
The medicinal properties of Asparagus racemosus extracts stem from the presence of many bioactive substances, out of which steroid saponins, isoflavones, and glycosides seem to be the most important. Moreover, the root contains a large amount of vitamin C, zinc, copper, cobalt, manganese, and iron.
Endocrine system homeostasis
Shatavari is considered the most efficient plant extract that balances the female endocrine system. It contains a large amount of phytoestrogens, whose activity imitates that of endogenous oestrogens and helps to stabilise their levels in the organism.
Phytoestrogens compete with oestrogens for the access to oestrogen receptors, so in the case of oestrogen dominance, they can have an anti-oestrogen effect. When there occurs oestrogen deficiency, they overtake free oestrogen receptors and stimulate oestrogenic action. That way they restore the homeostasis of the endocrine system, alleviating all problems connected with its imbalance.
Shatavari is recommended for women who are planning to have children or have problems getting pregnant. The active substances found in the root of shatavari stimulate folliculogenesis (the growth of ovarian follicles) and ovulation. They are also beneficial for the renewal of the endometrium, preparing it for the implantation of a fertilised ovum. It has been proven that under the influence of shatavari extracts, the endometrium thickens and deposits more glycogen, which is a necessary condition for the implantation of an embryo and maintaining the pregnancy.
Menstruation disorder treatment
Shatavari extracts help to solve the problem of menstruation disorders, that is: painful periods, premenstrual syndrome, or irregular bleeding.
According to recent research, oxytocin and vasopressin play a key role in painful periods, as they have a negative effect on uterine contractions. Saponins present in shatavari roots reduce the sensitivity of the uterine muscle membrane to oxytocin and restore normal uterine contractions. Thanks to that they are able to efficiently reduce pain occurring during menstruation.
Tests conducted on women suffering from problems known under the umbrella term premenstrual syndrome (PMS) showed that administering a shatavari extract managed to eliminate most syndromes, both physical and mental, in 80% of female patients. The women reported a reduction in swellings, less acute pains in the abdomen and in the lumbar curve, shorter and less intensive bleeding. There was also a noticeable improvement in their mental well-being: irritability, proneness to crying and mood swings disappeared.
Alleviating symptoms of menopause
Shatavari can constitute an alternative for hormone replacement therapy used during menopause. Most problems connected with menopause stem from the decrease in natural hormone production, especially of oestrogen.
Shatavari is rich in natural phytoestrogens that imitate the activity of endogenous hormones. Although they do not increase their level in the organism, they overtake oestrogen receptors and, as a result, stimulate oestrogenic action. That way they eliminate such symptoms as mood swings, hot flushes, irritability, insomnia, anxiety disorders. Moreover, they reduce vaginal dryness and inhibit cervical atrophy.
Shatavari in PCOS treatment
Shatavari can also be used in treating polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). It has been observed that extracts of the plant stimulate the maturation of egg cells and support their transport to the Fallopian tubes. Ultrasonography tests clearly show that after shatavari supplementation, the number of cysts formed out of small, dead follicles decreases. Reports on hormones also demonstrated that the proportions of LH and FSH go back to normal.
Strengthening the immune system
Shatavari supports the immune system and increases the organism’s response to antigens. It stimulates the activity of the most important cells in the immune system, increases the population of T lymphocytes and macrophages.
Shatavari is useful in treating viral and bacterial infections. It fights many harmful microorganisms, including E. coli, Proteus mirabilis, Kleibsella, and even the antibiotic-resistant strains of Staphylococcus aureus.
Improvement of mental well-being
Shatavari has a beneficial effect on the nervous system: it stabilises the mood and battles depression. The extracts of the plant are a mild MAO inhibitor, so they improve mental well-being and prevent anxiety-depressive disorders. By restoring harmony in the endocrine system, they also prevent the troublesome symptoms of premenstrual dysphoric disorder, which becomes a more and more common problem and concerns a large number of women. It occurs in the luteal phase, it resembles the state of deep depression, and when untreated, it significantly reduces the quality of life.
To sum up, Shatavari is a perfect supplement for women. It is recommended particularly in the case of health problems caused by hormonal disorders. In some cases, it can even replace hormone replacement therapy. The preparation contains a natural plant extract, so using it carries no risk of experiencing negative side effects.
Take 1 capsule twice a day after a meal.
Hepatica is a young Polish producer dealing with the highest-class natural products. Its specialty is a range of plant preparations, devoid of unnecessary supporting substances. The quality of each of them results from proper selection of materials, high content of active substances, the dose adjusted to the needs and form of a given dietary supplement. The heart of the company is its founder, a renowned physiotherapist and co-founder of Nature Laboratory, SławekRasiński, who derives his inspiration and knowledge from around the World. Numerous travels and acquaintances with doctors and herbalists from all continents fruit, changing in dozens of unusual, effective and also often innovative preparations, on which a large board of analysis specialists work in the best prepared laboratories.
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