Alpha Venus Concept
Alpha Venus has been formulated to improve estrogen to androgen ratio for the purpose of manipulating body composition and metabolism.
Increasing the androgen: estrogen ratio enhances fat loss whilst increasing lean muscle mass. This is achieved via the following actions
- Block estrogen excess at receptor site
- Boost anabolic androgens – Free Testosterone, DHEA and progesterone
- Reduce catabolic cortisol from stress
- Beneficial effects of testosterone
In both men and women, testosterone levels peak between 25 to 30 years of age – and thereafter drop approximately 1-2% annually. At the age of 60, testosterone levels are typically only 40-50% of youthful levels and may be lower due to stress and related lifestyle issues such as diet, exercise, and sleep patterns.
- Estrogen is an essential hormone for health and wellness in both men and women; but you can get too much of a good thing.
- Beneficial effects of estrogen
- Maintain bone health
- Maintain healthy heart, circulation and blood
- Maintain healthy brain, moods and emotions
- Hair and skin
- Menstrual cycle and fertility
- Maintain healthy respiratory tract
- Maintain healthy immune system
- After estrogen has done its job; it is important to efficiently eliminate the estrogen from your body so biologically active estrogen waste does not accumulate in your tissues.
Signs and symptoms of excess estrogen
- Estrogen body shape
- Estrogen holds subcutaneous fat and fluid in the: hips; buttocks; thighs; breasts and chest; backs of the arms; love handles; lower back; lower abdomen; poor muscle mass and quality; poor muscle definition; excessive subcutaneous and intramuscular fat.
- Increased worry, intuition and gut instincts
- Exaggerated stress response and harder to switch off so can dwell on things
- Good long term memory with poor short term memory
- Run on autopilot
- Can crave sugar and chocolate
- Mood swings are aggravated and follow pattern with menstrual cycle or moon
- Can trigger headaches and migraines
- Poor circulation, sometimes bruising and varicose veins
- Bloated and “fluidy”abdomen, hips and thighs.
- Fluid retention
- Breast lumps and bumps
- Abnormal results on pap smears and mammograms.
- Blood clots, DVTs, bruising and cramps
- Poor blood sugar control – high or low blood sugar
- Cellulite and obesity
- Emotional, nervous and sleep disturbances
- Endometriosis, endomysositis
- Period pain
- PMT with excessive emotional and mood fluctuations
- Heavy periods
- UTI, Thrush
Causes of estrogen dominance
- Inefficient estrogen detoxification and elimination
- Excessive endogenous estrogen production due to: excessive fat mass; increased aromatase activity converting testosterone to estrogen; other hormonal imbalances i.e. hypothyroidism and hypercortisolaemia.
- Excessive exogenous estrogen exposure and accumulation from: plastics; pesticides; fertilizers; petrochemicals; pollution; foods.
- Genetics: family history of estrogen dominance; inherited genetic MTHFR gene polymorphisms.
- HRT and certain oral contraceptive pills
- “Xenoestrogens” and EDC’s (endocrine disrupting chemicals)
- Some pesticides, insecticides and weed killers
- Some compounds found in plastics and pollution
- Some chemicals found in cosmetics and sunscreens
- Current modern life and society and previous exposure to old school farming practices and chemicals
- Iodine deficiency and / or hypothyroidism
Detoxify estrogen excess
It is important to understand that it is essential for health and wellness to allow the body to make and use estrogen (endogenous estrogen is the term used for estrogen made by our body) for healthy bodily functions general maintenance. However after estrogen has done its job it must be cleared efficiently so as to not accumulate. Any xenoestrogens (estrogen and EDC’s endocrine disrupting chemicals from outside our body i.e. pollutants, plastics etc.) and exogenous estrogens (estrogen supplemented from outside our body i.e. HRT, bio-identical hormones) must also be effectively eliminated to prevent accumulation.
The elimination pathways can determine the fate of this estrogen and whether it can be converted to a beneficial form of estrogen that protects from estrogen dependant cancers and other estrogen dominant disease states; or if it is converted to a more toxic form of estrogen that accumulates and contributes to the negative health implications of estrogen dominance.
Detoxification and elimination is a very complex process. Our detoxification and elimination systems of our body is designed for general clean up and maintenance of our body but also is a very important part of our innate survival mechanism and must quickly respond to poisons, venoms and toxins.
Our innate survival mechanism will activate multiple changes in our body in response to a stress trigger. The stress nervous system is awakened; catabolic cortisol pumps out of your adrenals to release fuel to fight or flight; the liver activates a process known as the “acute phase response” that makes your blood easier to clot in case of an injury; and the liver increases the activity of the enzyme systems that will help to clear away the invading poison. Once those enzyme systems have been up-regulated and helped survival they stay up until they get slowed back down again. This all happens very quickly but as you continually survive the stress trigger your innate survival mechanisms adapts and incorporates these changes into your default survival response.
This survival mechanism was designed to handle life-threatening stress. But we can’t afford to wait and see if a stress is life-threatening or not in case it kills you; so our body does not wait to see if it is a pollutant, pesticide, plastics, contraceptive or HRT or a poison or venom so it up-regulates the pathway necessary to clear and because we are exposed to this stuff (except poison and venom) all the time the pathways stay up and run faster than others.
This can lead to compounds like estrogen that have multiple pathways they can go down to be dragged down the wrong pathway and converted to a more toxic compound that accumulates.
The Diet is a mixture of carcinogens, mutagens, and protective agents that are all metabolized by detoxification enzymes. Any detoxification strategy must include reducing toxic exposure and clean eating of a balanced diet as the antioxidants, amino acids, vitamins and other phytonutrients required to balance the phase 1 and phase 2 detoxification pathways.