Alpha Venus has taken many years to create with thousands of cases of estrogen dominant men and women trialing multiple supplemental strategies to finally work out how this whole hormonal balance stuff works. Estrogen dominance has become such a common problem that there have been so many new and exciting ingredients, concepts and strategies over the years. To fine tune and find the truth in amongst all of the conspiracy theories and marketing rubbish has been a challenge.
The key points I learned over this time was:
1. Hormonal ratios are more important than hormonal amounts. There is no point focusing on increasing or decreasing specific hormone levels on blood tests if you aren’t correcting the ratios. E.g. using high doses of DIM to detoxify both estrogen and testosterone at the same rate is pointless as the ratio remains the same.
2. Supplementing high doses of nutrient cofactors for detox does nothing unless you force the body to use them. The detox processes use amino acids, vitamins, and other nutrient cofactors to make sure you are capable of detoxifying. But unless you are using some driving force to increase the appropriate detox processes these nutrients will just go into a pool and used for whatever process your body feels is appropriate. It is essential to use some sort of botanical or compound that activates the necessary genes to increase specific detox enzymes and drag the supporting nutrients in to be used. E.g. activating Nrf2 will increase the specific detox pathways to clear and deactivate estrogen after it has been used for good before it can accumulate and do bad.
3. Look for the cause. Unless you have isolated and eliminated the cause of the hormonal imbalance then you are supplementing to manage an imbalance and not correct the imbalance. For estrogen dominance, the most likely causes are genetics, past and/or present environmental exposure and obesity.
4. Our diet is a mixture of carcinogens, mutagens, and protective agents that are all metabolized by detoxification enzymes. Any detoxification strategy must include reducing toxic exposure and clean eating of a balanced diet as the antioxidants, amino acids, vitamins and other phytonutrients required to balance the phase 1 and phase 2 detoxification pathways.
Alpha Venus was created out of necessity. Estrogen dominance has become such a problem in society and will continue to get worse as our environmental exposure continues to grow. The products and dietary aids to help correct this imbalance are largely ineffective and confusing. The therapeutic foods are unreliable due to farming practices and processing techniques e.g. broccoli naturally contains anti-estrogen compounds but modern farming and processing techniques have reduced this amount of active ingredients to be almost non-existent while at the same time has added pesticides to broccoli to make it one of the most toxic laden estrogenic foods.
Basically, Alpha Venus works on detox pathways, conversion pathways and the hormonal biochemical trap that is associated with the vicious cycle that is estrogen dominance.