Everything You Need to Know About Vitamin B5

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Vitamin B5, also known as pantothenic acid, is one of the eight B vitamins, each vital for maintaining overall health. Your body uses vitamin B5 to produce healthy red blood cells, to build several important hormones, and to process carbohydrates, fats, and proteins into energy.  B5 also supports healthy skin and hair, and is often added to skincare and hair …

The Benefits of Black Cohosh for Women

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Black cohosh, a white flowering plant native to eastern North America, was first used in Native American medicine to support women’s health and reproduction, body pain, coughs, colds, fatigue, and weakness. Today black cohosh is one of the most popular women’s health supplements. As research into its efficacy began to grow, scientists began to sort out what it may help …

Cat’s Claw: What Is It and What Are the Benefits?

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Cat’s claw has been used for thousands of years in traditional medicine to support a variety of health conditions. It’s native to South and Central America, where it’s been an essential part of healing and spiritual practices. In more recent years, interest in cat’s claw has grown throughout Europe and North America. It’s often used as an herbal remedy for …

The Best Herbs for Menopause

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Entering the season of menopause can bring up so many different emotions for a woman. It’s a time of immense change that can mean a new chapter of freedom and wisdom. Unfortunately, the symptoms associated with menopause can seriously impact how a woman experiences this shift, ranging from bothersome to completely debilitating. Menopause means you’ve not had a menstrual period …

7 Benefits of Vitamin A

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Vitamin A is an essential nutrient critical for whole-body health. From your eyes to the immune system, vitamin A is a must-have. So, what does vitamin A do, and why do we need it? Here are seven reasons vitamin A should be part of your daily routine and what you can do to ensure you are getting enough. What is …

How To Recover From A Hysterectomy

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Your doctor brought up a hysterectomy, and as soon as you left the exam room, the questions started churning. What exactly is a hysterectomy? How long does it take to recover from a hysterectomy? How is a hysterectomy performed? Will I feel the same after I heal? It all feels more than a little overwhelming. In this article, I’m walking …

The Benefits of Calcium D-Glucarate

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If you struggle with PMS, painful breasts, or difficult periods, calcium d-glucarate is a supplement you’ll want to know about. Calcium D-glucarate helps the body safely remove excess hormones, supports detoxification, and may be protective against certain cancers. Calcium D-glucarate is a supplemental form of glucaric acid, an important naturally occurring chemical that helps remove toxins and unneeded hormones from …

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Your Guide to Managing Fibrocystic Breast Disease Naturally

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Fibrocystic breast changes are widespread, with up to to 80% of women experiencing symptoms at some point in their reproductive years. While common, fibrocystic breast disease is not dangerous and non-cancerous. If you’ve got breasts and they have ever felt painful, heavy, lumpy, or uncomfortable leading up to your period, you may have been experiencing the symptoms of fibrocystic breasts. …

Saw Palmetto Benefits and Uses

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Saw palmetto (Serenoa repens) is an herb that is increasing in popularity for hormonal regulation, specifically for the benefits it may have for high testosterone.  Native to the US, this herb has been traditionally used by Indigenous people who first discovered its benefits centuries ago.  Saw palmetto has anti-androgenic properties, meaning it can help mitigate the negative effect of testosterone …