Emerita Paraben-Free Phytoestrogen Cream
Emerita's new and improved formula, now paraben-free.

Many women have found Emerita Phytoestrogen Body Cream, either used alone or in concert with Emerita Pro-gest, to be an effective product for maintaining hormonal balance.

The word "phytoestrogen" comes from "phyto," meaning plant, and "estrogen" due to the ability to affect estrogenic activity in the body. It is important to know that although phytoestrogens may have some similar actions to estrogens, they are not true estrogens such as our bodies produce.

Phytoestrogens can either act as weak estrogens, or provide precursors to substances that affect our estrogen activity. To understand how phytoestrogens work, it is important to understand a little about how our hormones work in general.

Viewed simplistically, hormones are typically manufactured and released by various glands, organs and tissues into our blood stream where they can then travel to target tissues. These target tissues contain receptor sites that are specific to certain hormones. When the hormones bind to the receptor sites, they can initiate an effect on the target tissue.

Phytoestrogens can bind to estrogen receptors in our bodies and have either pro-estrogenic effects, or anti-estrogenic effects on the target tissues. How it affects the tissues depends in part on how much estrogen our bodies are already producing and how saturated our receptor sites are. If our estrogen levels are low, as in menopause, empty estrogen receptor sites can be filled with phytoestrogens, which can exert a weak pro-estrogenic effect (phytoestrogens may be anywhere from 1/100th to 1/1000th the strength of estradiol. If our estrogen levels are high, as in some women who suffer from PMS, then phytoestrogens can compete with our own estrogens for binding to receptors. When the phytoestrogens are successful, they decrease overall estrogenic activity because their effect on the target tissues is less than if estradiol had been allowed to bind.

Many plants contain phytoestrogens, some of which include Red Clover, Licorice, and Soy. These plants have been used to balance hormones and control fertility throughout history.

There has been a resurgence of phytoestrogen research of late as women demand alternatives to conventional hormone replacement therapy. Some studies report positive findings on bone loss reduction in women supplementing with soy phytoestrogens. Other research points to reduction of cardiovascular disease risk similar to that seen with estrogen replacement therapy (ERT).

Ingredients

Aloe Vera

Jojoba

Vitamin E

Black Cohosh

Usage

Massage ¼ to ½ teaspoon of cream into skin

Suggested application sites include the palms, inner arms, abdomen, chest, insides of the thighs, and backs of the knees.

Can be used daily

Can be used concurrently with Emerita Pro-gest - although application sites should differ in order to facilitate effective absorption

Phytoestrogen Creams

Complete Ingredients

Water, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetyl Esters, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Sodium Behenoyl Lactylate, Stearic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Sorbic Acid, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vit E), Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Cimicifuga Racemosa (Black Cohosh) Root Extract, Trifolium Pratense (Clover) Flower Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum, Potassium Hydroxide, Butylene Glycol.

Contains no mineral oil, petroleum, parabens or animal components. Emerita products are never tested on animals.