Beneficial phytonutrients from plants and herbs used for many generations, to help cope with women health issues and regaining vitality, health and beauty

What do you think is the biggest challenge facing women today? From the looks of it, women around the world are facing more demanding situations. Be it for job, position, personal life, health and family. Given that they need to contribute to the family income and at the same time making sure the home and family members are all well taken care off. This will increase stress, anxiety and lack of energy issues.

Women in this condition often neglect the need to stay in shape and be able to maintain the energy level. While both men and women contract various conditions, some health issues affect women differently and more commonly. Hence, we did some research on how our women in South East Asia have been coping with such a condition in the past.

The use of “Jamu” came to our attention. South East Asia is the home of 80% of the world’s medicinal plants. Indonesia became the birthplace of Jamu, the ancient herbal medicine which is said to have originated during the Mataram Kingdom in Java over 1000 years ago, and yet remains popular to this day despite the prevalence of Western medicine. With “Jamu” being composed mainly of roots from plants, they are being processed in such a way that the “bio-active compounds” are preserved.

“Jamu” mainly focuses on female health problems, post-partum care and beauty therapy. Throughout South East Asia, this system is recognized as an effective form of feminine health and beauty care. Only recently, however, has a scientific basis for some of these traditional herbs been understood. Most Jamu products nowadays are meant for maintaining women’s health.  From personal care products such as skin nutrients, skin cosmetics, hair care, to keep the body slim, maintain or improve women’s reproductive function, to cleanse woman intimate organs, reduce secretion and for maintaining and hastening recovery of women’s health after giving birth, and for menopause. “Jamu” are not only used for curative but also for promotive,  preventive and rehabilitative purposes.

“Modern Jamu” or functional herbs are becoming increasingly popular and more consumers are starting to understand how these traditional and natural ingredients can boost health and wellness. In Malaysia, the uses of herbal medicines are based on practical experiences, observations, and rituals derived from socio-religious beliefs passed down from one generation to another. These practices have been observed within the Malay communities and claim to be beneficial to health and well-being. The beliefs of the majority of ethnic groups in the Malaysian population is that herbal products do not contain harmful chemicals and are free of side effects when compared to commercially available pharmaceutical drugs.

Labisia pumila (kacip fatimah), for instance, has not only been used for centuries, but it is taken on a regular basis by Malay women today. The decoction of the leaves and roots is valued to help regain strength after childbirth and used regularly to increase vitality, libido, and energy among women. Modern perceptions of its health benefits include being a useful herb to contract the uterus after childbirth; firm and tone abdominal muscles; tighten the vaginal wall and tissue; allay painful or difficult menstruation, cramping, and irregular periods; and to generally alleviate fatigue and promote emotional well-being.

From the onset of menstruation, through childbearing years and into the natural shift to menopause, a woman’s body is designed to evolve and change. As a woman begins to age, to return to a more youthful way of life can often seem daunting. Especially for those going through menopause or recovering from a childbirth, it can take weeks or even months to regain their energy, body shape, libido and younger looking self. From the traditional knowledge and scientific findings, we know we can regain our vitality through the bioactive compounds provided by plants and herbs. Herbs continue to work their way out of traditional pills and into easier-to-consume beverages. We at SOLLIFE, have formulated a “modern jamu”, in ActivWomen, it’s a mixture of concentrated botanical herbs, ready to be drinked anytime, anywhere. ActivWomen will help women to regain energy and stay youthful by improving the female hormonal health.

ActivWomen is a promising health drink due to its high antioxidant capacity, wound healing ability and hormone regulation activity. The functional herbs in ActivWomen is used for centuries to keep the female sex organs healthy which include overcoming excessive fluid discharge, kill bacteria and fungi, overcome vaginal dryness and increase the tightness and elasticity of vaginal muscle.

Besides keeping the female organs healthy, ActivWomen also ensures the production and regulation of female hormones, especially estrogen. Estrogen plays a role in the development of female secondary sex characteristics, such as the development of breasts and hips. In other words, ActivWomen serves to maintain an alluring body shape. In addition, the traditional herbs in ActivWomen has been widely used by the locals in Malaysia to regulate menstrual cycle, ease menstrual pain, delay menopause and promote healthy sexual function. Many traditional functional herbs found in ActivWomen are known to exert phytoestrogenic effects which can be used as an alternative to estrogen replacement therapy (ERT). ERT is a form of therapy with estrogen hormones most commonly used to treat the symptoms of menopause. It reduces or stops the short-term changes of menopause such as hot flashes, disturbed sleep, and vaginal dryness. An alternate method of achieving more estrogen is to consume natural foods which are high in phytoestrogen such as kacip fatimah, soy isoflavone, pegaga, akar serapat and senduduk. These natural functional herbs with potent phytoestrogens also exhibit phytochemical properties that are protective against various diseases. These herbs are known to exert antibacterial, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties that make them beneficial against many types of diseases such as osteoporosis, breast and uterine cancer.

In addition, ActivWomen is packed with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, amino acids and phytonutrients. These nutrients are great at calming inflammation, hastening healing processes, improving circulation and stimulating cell growth. This results in skin rejuvenation through rapid cell growth and improved collagen production with the help of phytoestrogens. It also strengthens hair and nails, so you can call it your most natural all-in-one beauty solution. Moreover, ActivWomen has natural mild diuretic properties to help flush out toxins, resulting in lowered inflammation in the system, boosted energy levels and instigated weight loss in the long run. It does all this while maintaining the delicate balance of fluids in the body. Do not be surprised if you feel ‘lighter’ and more cleansed almost immediately.

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Authors:

Brenda Yeong Huai En
BSc (Hons) Nutrition
Product Development Specialist
One Green Solution Sdn Bhd
Dato’ Mohd Nazlee Kamal, PhD.
Managing Director
One Green Solution Sdn Bhd

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