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Questions Raised About The Safety Of Natural Treatments For Menopause

§    In 2007, a National Institute of Environmental Health study showed genistein, a soy isoflavone, to be carcinogenic in rats. Organizations like the North American Menopause Society and the Breast Cancer and Environmental Health Research Agency have called for more research on soy and genistein to clarify its efficacy and safety.
§    Research on the popular alternative Amberen shows that it raises estrogen levels above the levels achieved through HRT. No research has been done to clarify if it is safe for women worried about estrogen positive breast cancer.

Says geriatric physician Dr. Eunah Fisher, MD, FACP "I haven't had any patients who used genistein. But I have had many women try black cohosh without relief of their symptoms. After the literature revealed some of the adverse events associated with black cohosh and genistein, I began to discourage my patients from using them."

In contrast, EstroG-100, a combination of three botanicals drawn from traditional Korean medicine, offers women proven relief without risks. EstroG-100 has been proven efficacious through both Phase I and Phase II clinical trials. It has been proven safe through 5 toxicity tests and 2 liver toxicity tests. Two additional tests demonstrate EstroG-100 has no binding affinity for estrogen receptors alpha and beta.

As Dr. Nikos Linardarkis, MD, author of 10 Natural Ways To A Good Night's Sleep, points out "The research always changes and things come up. We didn’t have the ability to test for certain things like estrogen binding affinity 20 or 30 years ago. But now we do. So we should change. It doesn't make sense for women to take a product that has potential health risks. Why not use a good ingredient and a product that is safe?"

In addition to detailing concerns associated with products within the menopause category, the report raises some larger questions for the nutritional supplement industry.

"Unfortunately pharmaceutical drugs have redefined health and wellness, all in a very short period of time. But there should be well-researched, nutritional choices available to the consumer," explains Jeffers. "All Helios CORP/Sunbio ingredients undergo unbiased Phase I and Phase II clinical testing as well as thorough safety testing. This report challenges the nutritional supplement industry to consider the high road where safety and performance exist. Set the bar higher for the benefit of the consumer."

For the complete story, please see the report, Is Gritting Your Teeth The Only Safe Way To Get Through Menopause? A Frank Discussion of The Risks And Efficacy Of Alternative Nutritional Treatments For Menopause. To download a copy of the free report, please visit

About Helios CORP/Sunbio

Helios CORP/Sunbio is a privately owned and global company that develops new ideas, science, and cultural remedies. These are translated into commercial applications for the benefit of manufacturers and consumers. Claims and representations are based on the information, data, clinical studies, and remedies as provided by our science and manufacturing partners.

For its diligent work in developing performance based and independently validated human clinical studies to support the use of natural products, Helios/ Sunbio was awarded the honor of Top Science Company at the natural products trade show, Expo West 2012. EstroG-100 was awarded the Top Branded Ingredient at Nutrition Business Journal Summit in 2007, and the Helios/ Sunbio ingredient, NC-518 for men and women’s bone density, won the Top Innovation Award at the 2011 Institute For Food Technology Expo.

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