Androgen excess is a consequence of various metabolic and hormonal syndromes; such as Insulin resistance, insulin resistant syndrome, metabolic syndrome, and Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS).
In Australia and overseas, these conditions are increasingly common. The Australian Diabetes, Obesity and Lifestyle study (AusDiab) in 2000, found that 19% of Australians aged 25 years and over met the criteria for a diagnosis of Insulin resistance and associated conditions / syndromes. A 2006 Bettering the Evaluation and Care of Health (BEACH) study found that while 43.7% of patients had central obesity, 15.6% had metabolic syndrome.
The bad things with androgen excess associated with insulin resistant syndromes, including PCOS is that it can lead to abdominal obesity, acne, hirsutism and ovarian cysts.
The good thing about androgen excess is that it helps to build muscle, recover well and burn fat when not associated with one of these metabolic and hormonal dysfunctions. So for athletes and those wanting to take control of their body shape and performance utilising androgens is a powerful tool.
The New Alpha Venus (pink label)
The only change is that the Tong Kat Ali has been replaced with Vitex Agnus Castus.
Tong Kat Ali can lower SHBG; thereby liberating the bound testosterone. This makes more “free testosterone” that is not ideal for the insulin resistant metabolic syndromes including PCOS. Tong Kat Ali is brilliant for others that can benefit from the higher free testosterone to build muscle and burn fat but not in the one in 5 people diagnosed with the above mentioned medical conditions. Too much free testosterone can aggravate hirsutism, anger and cystic conditions in susceptible people.
So what is Vitex? Vitex agnus castus is a berry that has some very specific useful actions. Vitex has the following actions;
- Enhance ovulation. Vitex helps to mature a healthy follicle for ovulation.
- Enhance progesterone production. After ovulation there is a surge of progesterone from the corpus luteum. Vitex enhances the quality of the follicular phase of the menstrual cycle to prepare the egg for ovulation, it then enhances ovulation and enhances the health of the corpus luteum and increases the progesterone release for the luteal phase of the menstrual cycle. Progesterone is an androgen that can help with body shaping goals but actually is beneficial for those with PCOS and insulin resistant syndromes.
- Vitex increases dopamine. Dopamine is a feel good chemical that is involved in pride, reward and self-esteem.
- Vitex inhibits prolactin. Dopamine inhibits prolactin. By increasing dopamine; vitex can drop prolactin. Prolactin is associated with lactation, gynaecomastia and infertility. It is also elevated as part of a stress response to reduce reproduction and libido when under chronic stress.
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The Old Alpha Venus Is Now Alpha Prime (grey label)
The old Alpha Venus is now relabelled as Alpha Prime and has a grey label only. That is the only difference between the original Alpha Venus and the new Alpha prime. Name change and just in grey. This is the product you want to use to lower estrogen while maintaining and increasing free testosterone. This is suitable for both men and women that want the extra androgens while dropping estrogen activity.
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