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Viridian Essential Female Multi 60caps

Essential Female Multi has been formulated using high quality nutrients and plant extracts to move beyond a basic multivitamin and provide advanced support for optimal health and vitality. The unique blend of nutrients and botanicals in Essential Female Multi help to ensure optimal energy, stress resilience and care for hormonal and reproductive health.

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60 Caps

R 623.15

Essential Female Multi Veg Caps

Formulated specifically for the needs of the 18-39 age group.

Aunique blend of high quality nutrients and botanical extracts to move beyond a basic multivitamin and support optimal health and vitality.

INGREDIENTS: two vegetarian capsules provide:

Hibiscus (Hibiscus Rosa sinensis) Flower (20% total acids)      100mg Cranberry (Oxycoccus spp) Fruit       100mg

Vitamin B5 (Calcium Pantothenate)                                         100mg

Seagreens® Kelp (Ascophyllum nodosum)                               100mg Vitamin C (from Calcium and Magnesium Ascorbate)                                                                           130mg Beta-carotene (from Dunaliella Salina Algae)                                                                                                   5mg

Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine HCL)                                                  50mg

Iron (Bisglycinate)                                                                   10mg

Vitamin E Natural (D-Alpha Tocopherol Succinate)                 (50IU) Siberian (E. senticosus) Ginseng Extract (25:1)                                                                                               40mg

Vitamin B1 (Thiamine HCL)                                                    25mg

Zinc (Citrate)                                                                         10mg

Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)                                                             25mg

Vitamin B3 (Nicotinamide)                                                      25mg

Saffron (C. sativus) Extract (0.3% Safranal)                              20mg

Potassium (Citrate)                                                                 10mg

Magnesium (Ascorbate and citrate)                                          20mg Horsetail (Equisetum arvense) Extract (4:1) (2% Silica)                                                                               15mg Choline (Bitartrate)             5mg

Selenium (Methionine)                                                             55µg

Co Enzyme Q10                                                                      10mg

Calcium (Ascorbate and citrate)                                               10mg

Inositol                                                                                       5mg

Boron (as Sodium Borate)                                                         10µg

Vitamin D3 (Vitashine®)                                                          10µg

Manganese (Citrate)                                                                  1mg

Copper (Citrate)                                                                       1mg

Chromium (Picolinate)                                                            100µg

Vitamin K1                                                                                20µg

Folacin (Folic Acid)                                                                  400µg

Iodine (Potassium Iodide)                                                          75µg

Molybdenum (Ammonium Molybdate)                                      50µg

Biotin                                                                                         50µg

Vitamin B12 (Methylcobalamin )                                                20µg

In a base of alfalfa, spirulina and bilberry

Essential Female Multi

Essential Female Multi has been formulated using high quality nutrients and plant extracts to move beyond a basic multivitamin and provide advanced support for optimal health and vitality. The unique blend of nutrients and botanicals in Essential Female Multi help to ensure optimal energy, stress resilience and care for hormonal and reproductive health.


Suboptimal intakes of vitamins and minerals are remarkably common in the general population because of unhealthy eating, nutrient losses though food processing and storage and increased nutritional requirements due to factors such as alcohol use and chronic diseases.1   For this reason, leading experts such as Harvard Medical School recommend a daily multivitamin as part of a healthy diet and lifestyle.2 3 There is a strong scientific rationale for the use of multivitamins as a safe and effective means of ensuring daily nutritional adequacy and promoting optimal health.4

  • ENERGY - Siberian ginseng has a long traditional use as a gentle, invigorating tonic for improving energy and adaption to daily stress, and modern research supports this popular historical use.5   In a group of 18-30 year old students Siberian ginseng was shown to improve stress adaption by reducing cardiovascular reactivity to stress (resulting in a 40% reduction in heart rate response). The same study also found that Siberian ginseng reduced stress induced blood pressure elevation by 60% in women, but not in men.6 And another investigation in people with chronic fatigue found that Siberian ginseng was able to significantly improve energy in those suffering from mild-to-moderate fatigue.7


  • ANTI-FATIGUE - Fatigue and tiredness are common symptoms and can be caused by lack of vitamins and minerals, which are involved in normal energy metabolism.8 A review of nine clinical studies found that daily use of multivitamins can improve cognitive function, mood  and reduce mental fatigue.9 In one such study women who took a multivitamin for nine weeks had measurably improved cognitive function and reduced mental fatigue during a mentally demanding test.10


  • DEPRESSION - Saffron has been used to improve mood and emotional health for thousands of years and modern research has verified its beneficial effects.11 A number of studies have found saffron very effective for relieving symptoms of mild to moderate depression.12 13 14 15 16 17 It has been suggested that saffron may help reduce stress related overeating. In support of this notion a clinical study demonstrated reduced snacking and subsequent weight loss in overweight women who took saffron daily for 8-weeks.18


  • ANTI-ANXIETY - Vitamins and minerals are essential for proper function of the nervous system and play an important role in mood and emotional health.19 A review of eight studies evaluating the effects of multivitamins on mood found that supplementation can reduce feelings of stress, improve mild symptoms of depression and anxiety and enhance aspects of everyday mood.20 For example, a group of healthy young adults between the ages of 20 to 50 years who took a daily multivitamin for 16-weeks significantly reduced their feelings of stress, physical fatigue and anxiety compared to placebo.21


  • PRE-MENSTRUAL SYNDROME Saffron & vitamin B6 have been shown to relieve symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS). In a clinical study of women aged 20-45 years with PMS symptoms saffron taken daily for two months was effective in relieving premenstrual depression and overall PMS symptoms.22 And a systematic review of nine clinical trials examining the effect of vitamin B6 in PMS found benefit in the treatment of premenstrual symptoms and premenstrual depression.23
  • URINARY TRACT INFECTIONS - Cranberry and Hibiscus are potent antioxidants with additional anti-bacterial properties that provide support for a healthy urinary tract. For example, in women who had a history of recurrent urinary tract infections the regular use of hibiscus extract over a period of three months reduced the incidence of cystitis-type recurrent urinary infections by 89% compared with placebo.24 Currently evidence from a number of clinical studies indicates that regular use of cranberry has a modest protective effect against the development of urinary tract infections.25


Low dietary intakes in certain nutrients are particularly common and these play an important role in promoting optimal health, for example:


  • Suboptimal intakes of folic acid are very common and increasing folic acid intake through dietary supplements may reduce neural tube defects, correct megaloblastic anaemia and improve blood levels of homocysteine, a risk factor for age related diseases.26 It is recommended that all women of reproductive age take a daily multivitamin containing 400 μg of folic acid daily.27


  • Vitamin D deficiency is a widespread problem and exacerbates osteopenia, osteoporosis, and fractures in adults and has been associated with increased risk of common illness including autoimmune disease, heart disease and infectious illness.28 To correct and prevent deficiency experts recommend daily vitamin D supplements.29


  • Vitamin K plays an important role in protection against age related disease such as heart disease and osteoporosis.30 Intakes of vitamin K are commonly too low among children, adults and the elderly in the United Kingdom.31 32 33


  • Iron deficiency is the most common nutritional deficiency globally and resulting anaemia poses a health risk to reproductive age women. 34 Iron deficiency anaemia is related to several serious health complaints including fatigue, gastrointestinal disturbances, and cognitive impairment. Women of reproductive age have increased daily iron needs.35


  • Vitamin B12 deficiency becomes more common with age and may have serious consequences.36 Deficiency and suboptimal intakes may have important implications for cognitive and mental health.37 Supplementation is the preferred means of correcting and preventing B12 deficiency.38


  • Suboptimal vitamin B6 status is associated with age related diseases such as impaired cognitive function, Alzheimer's disease and heart disease.39 The risk of low intakes of vitamin B6 increase with age and may also be low in vegetarian diets.40


  • Higher Vitamin E intake is associated with lower risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease however fewer than 90% of people may be consuming the recommended daily amount.41 The Linus Pauling Institute recommends a daily supplementation with vitamin E to help combat oxidative stress, lower heart disease risk and promote wellbeing.42


  • Zinc deficiency is common with approximately 1 in 10 people not meeting their recommended daily intake. Even marginal zinc intakes may result in DNA damage and increased oxidative stress.43 Mild zinc deficiency may exacerbate immune, gastrointestinal, hormonal and mental illness and accelerate age related chronic degenerative diseases.44


  • Mild Iodine deficiency affects approximately 50% of continental Europe and mild iodine deficiency is very common in women living in the United Kingdom.45 46 47 48 49 50 Iodine deficiency can impair thyroid function and even mild deficiency during pregnancy and breastfeeding has serious consequences for child development.51 52



Dosage : Two capsules once daily with food, or as recommended by a healthcare practitioner. 

Contraindications and safety : Saffron is non-toxic, safe, and has a long history of culinary use.53 Saffron has been used along side anti-depressant medication in people with mild to moderate depression and shown to be safe and reduce side effects (possible beneficial interaction).54


Siberian ginseng has a long history of traditional use as well as an excellent safety profile and is non- toxic. Siberian ginseng is unlikely to interfere with medication at the recommended dose.55


An expert panel from the National Institutes of Health reviewing the safety of Multivitamins  concluded that there is no evidence of adverse effects and that multivitamins are unlikely to have any serious safety concerns.56 To ensure safety it is recommended that people using vitamin supplements inform their health care provider and use a reputable brand that meets regulatory quality standards.57


Potential applications: Daily nutritional support, optimal health, disease prevention, energy, mood, stress, female health.


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