Pueraria – Nature’s Fountain of Youth

Pueraria mirifica, or more simply known as pueraria, is an Asian plant commonly found in Northeastern Thailand and Myanmar. It is locally called kwao krua. Pueraria is most commonly used for medicinal purposes, especially in supplementation. Studies show that it benefits men suffering from decreased sex drive, menopausal women, and people who want to lose weight, among others.

Benefits:

  • Reduces signs of aging
  • Enlarges breasts naturally
  • Alleviates sleep disorders
  • Lessens cataract problems
  • Combats osteoporosis
  • Reduces gray hair
  • Boosts hair growth
  • Provides energy
  • Protects against heart disease
  • Improves memory
  • Suppresses appetite
  • Lowers cancer risks
  • Anti-Aging, Anti-Wrinkle

Pueraria mirifica hydrates the skin and stimulates collagen production, making it capable of providing a youthful, healthy look. Although further studies are needed, existing research has shown that the phytoestrogens found in Pueraria mirifica work in a manner similar to that of the body’s own estrogen supplies.

Combats Osteoporosis: Osteoporosis is common in post-menopausal women. The low levels of estrogen affect the absorption of calcium, making the bones weak and, therefore, more prone to fractures. As an estrogen mimic, Pueraria mirifica increases the absorption and retention of calcium.

Lowers Risk of Breast Cancer The primary cause of breast cancer is uncontrolled estrogen production. In most cases, overproduction becomes an issue when the body’s receptors fail to detect the hormone’s excessive supplies, worsening the imbalance even further. Pueraria mirifica can serve as an alternative regulator, meaning it can maintain normal estrogen levels.

Lowers Risk of Cardiovascular Disease Phytoestrogens improve blood circulation, hastening the elimination of both LDL and triglyceride – two types of fat that can clog up the blood vessels.

Natural Breast Enlargement Since Pueraria mirifica mimics estrogen, scientists have noted that taking it can increase breast size. Companies have been promoting it commercially as a natural breast enlargement solution, guaranteeing improvements of up to a cup size and even visibly reducing unsightly stretch marks.

Nature’s Fountain of Youth Mirifica means ‘miracle’ and Pueraria mirifica was named as such since it slows down aging – to some, it is the fountain of youth. It is widely sold in liquid, capsule, and powder forms. Creams and gels are also available. Being natural, pueraria is generally safe. Still, pregnant women and cancer patients should not take this supplement, as it influences estrogen levels.

Overall, much research is yet to be done on the full benefits of Pueraria mirifica but for now, it is encouraging to know that a natural fountain of youth does exist.

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