by Melissa Chichester
We have chosen three surprising herbs that support women nutritionally.
Black currant oil is derived from the small, glossy berries that grow along the stems of the black currant shrub. This shrub is a winter-hardy, flowering plant that is native to northern Europe and northern Asia. The berries are edible and rich in Vitamin C, and used in culinary dishes all over the world, and is one of the premium sources of Gamma-Linolenic Acid (GLA). GLA is a fatty acid that provides nutritional support for women’s health.**
Evening primrose oil is a flowering plant traditionally used by Native Americans for food and wellness. The plant is believed to be native to Mexico or Central America, and from there it spread into North and South America. Today, it is cultivated all over the world. Because the flowers open very quickly at night and only last until around noon during the day, the plant received the nickname “evening primrose.” Evening primrose oil is one of the most concentrated sources of GLA. Evening primrose oil also supports healthy skin.**
Pycnogenol® is the trade name of pine bark extract exclusively derived from the bark of the French maritime pine trees native to the Les Landes in southwest France. Pycnogenol has been clinically studied for well over a decade. A super antioxidant, Pycnogenol is a complex of naturally-occurring flavonoids also known as proanthocyanidins. Pycnogenol® may also support perimenopausal health.**
Pycnogenol® is a registered trademark of Horphag Research Ltd. Use of this product may be protected by one or more U.S. patents and other international patents.