Pueraria Mirifica (or ‘potato peel’) is a relatively new plant, also known as a wild carrot, that belongs to the same family as daffodils, daisies and rocket, and is also well known in Thailand under the name ‘kerbunkha’. This small evergreen shrub has a rounded shape with dark green leaves, and its flowers are large, white-colored, bell-like and somewhat tubular. The main source of nutrients from which this plant derives is from inorganic or organic matter such as starch, fiber, sugar, oils, fruits, roots, seeds and rhizomes. The chemical composition of Pueraria Mirifica is primarily in the alpha-salt form, which is the saltiest form of salt available commercially. The resin of this plant, called stachybotrys, is also a fine, white powder, which when mixed with water serves as a laxative and stimulates the action of digestive juices and enzymes.
Phytoestrogen hormones are plant derived estrogens which mimic female sex hormones, and may function as both androgenic and androsterone hormone. They stimulate menstrual cycle in both humans and animals and increase the skin health and collagen production. Phytoestrogens can increase body mass and reduce fat, while decreasing abdominal fat. Many of these phytoestrogen hormones are already present in some food, but it is believed that certain cooking practices may alter the concentration levels of phytoestrogen hormones in our foods, thereby increasing the potential for adverse effects on our bodies such as obesity, thinning skin, breast cancer and other reproductive diseases.
Another important function of pueraria mirifica and other herbal supplements in your diet is to support cardiovascular health. Estrogen increases blood vessel function, which allows more nutrients and oxygen to your cells and coronary artery walls. Phytoestrogen is believed to improve blood vessel function by increasing coronary blood flow, as well as increasing energy and libido. These supplements also support normalizing cholesterol levels in the body and help reduce blood sugar levels.
High blood pressure is common in postmenopausal women. Women have two major hormones – estrogen and progesterone – that affect their cholesterol levels. An herbal supplement called Pueraria Mirifica lowers blood pressure by supplying additional HDL cholesterol to the body, which is normally bile salts (making salt less sticky). The HDL cholesterol carries cholesterol away from blood vessels and to the liver, where it is excreted from the body. The liver then converts cholesterol back into bile salts, and excretes it again. Phytoestrogen from Pueraria Mirifica supports normal cholesterol levels as it helps the liver to eliminate excess estrogen.
Another major symptom of menopause is hot flashes. These occur at night and are most severe during the day. Symptoms may include a hot flash that only lasts for a few minutes or for several hours. Some women experience symptoms so intense that they have to get up during the night and go to the emergency room. Women taking pueraria mirifica or other herbal supplements for hot flashes do not have to worry about such extreme side effects since these symptoms are also present in postmenopausal women.
If you take pueraria mirifica or any other dietary supplements for hot flashes, there is no need to take high doses of these herbs every day. Your body will adjust to the daily dose gradually. In addition, there are no known ill effects from taking these supplements, especially when taken with meals. In addition, the body does not have to work as hard to breakdown the food that you consume during the day, resulting in less energy consumption overall. Thus, while high doses of Pueraria Mirifica might help relieve some of your symptoms, the choice to take this dietary supplement is a personal one and not one based on scientific research.