LEHVOSS Nutrition Solutions to Support Women’s Health

According to Nielsen (2020) by 2028, women will own 75% of the discretionary spend, making them the world’s greatest influencers. To truly connect with women, brands need to engage with them in ways that are meaningful and help influence a healthier lifestyle. They can do this by creating clearer labels which should provide more product and ingredient transparency, making being healthy faster and easier.

Moreover, growing women’s empowerment, a rising geriatric population, and an increasing number of working women are supporting the market growth. The global women’s health and beauty supplements market size was valued at USD 53 billion in 2020 and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.9% from 2021 to 2028. Rising awareness levels about health and wellness along with the growing adoption of an active lifestyle are expected to boost product demand. In addition, the COVID-19 pandemic has boosted the awareness of physical, mental, and emotional health and increased the implementation of self-care among consumers in general. This, in turn, has increased the adoption of health and beauty supplements.1

LEHVOSS Nutrition offer a wide range of ingredients to support women’s health, from OptiMSM® that promotes beauty from within, healthy aging and active mobility, including joint support, ligament and muscle health to Bacognize® for emotional wellbeing, alertness, and quality of sleep. Additionally LEHVOSS offers key branded ingredients such as EpiCor®, Pomella®, Naticol® and HAPLEX®Plus to support skin and gut health for robust opportunities in sub-categories of women’s nutrition and wellness.

Something else to consider is pregnancy, which is one of the most important times in a woman’s life. It can be filled with both excitement and uncertainty, and a big responsibility for a woman to choose how best to support herself and her future child. The positive role of Omega-3 fatty acids during pregnancy is well known and supported by a great amount of science. Our Golden Omega® fish oil concentrates along with exciting plant-based and vegan alternatives such as PureSea® and Benexia Xia® Oil support women pre, during and post pregnancy.

Let’s dive into the details of our branded ingredients to see how they can help create innovate and interesting new formulations targeting women’s health.

OptiMSM® for Beauty and Healthy Aging

Women experience higher rates of muscle and joint decline as they age compared to men. This means that they may require extra supplementation of the nutrients needed to preserve connective tissue. OptiMSM® is one product that can provide these nutrients as it is rich in sulphur. This is an important mineral that helps to support and preserve connective tissue in the body, making it very effective in enhancing overall muscle, ligament, and joint health. The sulphur-rich content of OptiMSM® may also help women look younger and feel more beautiful as it helps to remove the appearance of wrinkles and reduce skin roughness. Furthermore it helps improve skin elasticity, hydration and firmness. Researchers studying the effects of nutritional supplements on skin health have further confirmation that OptiMSM® may reduce visible signs of skin aging even at a low dose of 1 gram per day.2

Furthermore, research suggests that OptiMSM® protects the body from oxidative damage by increasing the body’s natural antioxidant capacity so that it can neutralize damaging free radicals. The decrease in inflammation and oxidative stress protects joints, helps the body recover from strenuous activity, boosts immunity, and helps users stay mobile and age well.

Choose OptiMSM® as the only branded form of MSM manufactured in the U.S. in a single-purpose production facility and purified through a proprietary multi-stage distillation process, which removes impurities by utilizing unique boiling points to isolate the MSM molecules. Distillation also guarantees low moisture content, reducing the risk of micro-contamination and degradation.

Bacognize® for Restorative Sleep and Active Cognitive Lifestyle

Getting a good night’s sleep helps boost your mind and mood, plus it may help prevent health problems. Women are more likely than men to have insomnia and other sleep problems due to changing hormones during the menstrual cycle, pregnancy, and menopause.

Improvements in sleep can also impact wellbeing, mood and immune health allowing the primary household influencers to stay at the top of their game. Mental acuity to manage kids testing the waters with what they can get away with and waking up alert, rejuvenated, restored, and ready to tackle the day – study showed significant improvements in alertness upon waking with Bacognize® and it is no surprise that a restorative nights’ rest led to improved mood / emotional wellbeing and general health as well. In addition, bacopa is used as an adaptogen to bring homeostasis and restore vitality in the body

A study published in 2021 using Bacognize®, a natural standardized extract derived from Bacopa monnieri, reported numerous findings in emotional and mental wellbeing, alertness, focus, impact on sleep, stress, and other quality of life markers. In particular, there were improvements in emotional wellbeing, general health and bodily pain subscale scores. An analysis of changes in hormone concentrations over time also revealed Bacopa monnieri was associated with reductions in sIgA, sAA, and differences in morning concentrations of salivary cortisol between the two groups (as evidenced by mostly decreased concentrations in the placebo group).3

In addition, Bacopa is commonly used as an adaptogen supporting cognitive enhancement, memory, focus, attention, mood, emotional health, and stress. Clinical research on Bacognize® demonstrates its benefits for cognitive health (focus, memory and attention) linked to three major neuroprotective mechanisms; including neurotransmitter receptor (serotonin) binding activity and antioxidant capacity.4,5

PureSea® and Omega-3 concentrates for Pregnancy

Iodine is an essential nutrient that is required throughout life for both men and women. However, it plays a greater role in women’s health generally and can be needed in higher levels during specific times such as pregnancy and breastfeeding. During this time, women are recommended to increase their daily intake to support the increased demand. Despite this, recent data suggests that almost half of all women in the UK could be classed as deficient, and that is without taking into consideration pregnant and breast-feeding women who it is suggested need additional iodine.

During pregnancy, iodine is essential for foetal brain development. Therefore, more iodine may be needed within the diet to account for the additional requirements of both mother and baby. This is supported by the World Health Organisation (WHO). Iodine is also continuously required following pregnancy, during breast-feeding and throughout childhood to ensure optimal brain development and to ensure normal development. Download here our Pregnancy Scientific Review paper.

The most common sources of iodine are found predominantly in white fish, shellfish and dairy. However, access to iodine from these sources can be problematic if the mother has allergen issues, is vegan, or is generally reducing meat and dairy intake. A great solution that is naturally rich in iodine is seaweed. This makes PureSea® gold-standard, sustainable seaweed the ideal ingredient for your pre, during and post pregnancy supplements.

It is widely known that omega-3s offer a number of benefits during pregnancy and breastfeeding, including supporting brain and eye development in babies and helping to prevent preterm birth. This is further validated by EFSA approved health claims. Our Golden Omega® fish oil range includes high concentrated DHA grades which are ideal for pregnancy and breastfeeding formulas. Golden Omega® fish oils are high quality omega-3 concentrates up to 750mg/g EPA + DHA combined, obtained only from anchovies of the South Pacific.

We also offer a great solution for vegans: our plant based Benexia® Xia Oil provides an excellent source of ALA (Alpha Linolenic Acid) for maintenance of normal cholesterol levels which are important during pregnancy. Furthermore, women on vegan diets can supplement their food with a balanced source Omega-3/Omega-6 from a high quality, researched, and sustainable cold-pressed chia oil.6

It is well known that essential minerals play an important part during pregnancy for several reasons: Folic acid prevents neural tube defects; Iron helps a baby's growth and development; Magnesium contributes to normal energy-yielding metabolism and has a role in the process of cell division. Therefore, making our high quality minerals perfect to use in combination with our key branded products for your complete pregnancy food supplement solutions.

Keeping skin healthy: Pomella®, Naticol® and HAPLEX®Plus

There is no doubt that we all want to look younger and now more than ever we are able to accomplish such ambitious dreams with many researched and formulated ingredients. Whether the aim is to protect from oxidative stress, delay aging, or boost healthy hair, skin and nails, new and emerging science makes the beauty area more interesting by combining proven traditional benefits with new applications in the nutricosmetics arena, allowing interesting new-finished product developments.

Antioxidants have continued to offer notable opportunities in skin health support. A study (2014) showed Pomella® pomegranate extract, ranked highest in antioxidant activity across a number of assays including ORAC, TEAC, FRAP and DPPH compared to 26 other antioxidant products. Pomegranate supplements (Pomella®) with high punicalagins content showed high antioxidant activity, whereas those high in ellagic acid showed the lowest.

Notably, Pomella®’s punicalagins have been shown to inhibit the formation of advanced glycation end products (AGEs), which are markers responsible for oxidative stress.7 The same glucose that provides energy for the body’s cells can also react with proteins, including the skin’s collagen. The resulting AGEs contribute to collagen cross-linking (which causes wrinkles), inflammation, inhibited skin cell growth, and accelerated aging.8,9,10,11 Further, Pomella® has been shown effective at protecting human skin fibroblasts from cell death following UVA an UVB exposure, while increasing the intracellular antioxidant capacity, and reducing generation of intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS) after UV exposure.12 A new human clinical study showing Pomella®’s positive benefits on skin health is pending publication.

Naticol® is high quality fish collagen peptides produced from fish skins through a unique enzymatic hydrolysis process. It has clinically demonstrated its role as an ingredient in the anti-aging application for many years, with 3 different studies showing improvements in skin firmness and wrinkle reduction (with as low as 2500mg daily dose), making Naticol® a perfect solution for collagen peptide-based healthy ageing products designed for daily consumption.13,14,15

It is well known that hyaluronic acid and collagen complement and support one another. Hyaluronic acid helps collagen by providing a moisture rich environment where collagen can stretch without breaking. While collagen works on the skin firmness, hyaluronic acid nourishes and hydrates the collagen filling the free space of the skin matrix with water and giving it a fuller, firmer and youthful appearance. Clinical studies suggest that oral supplementation of HAPLEX®Plus a high purity, food grade Sodium Hyaluronate has proved to be very effective, with statistically significant results on the parameters of skin moisture and skin elasticity.

Pureway-C® is a proprietary, Patent Pending, proven form of vitamin C that contains lipid metabolites and citrus bioflavonoids, for better delivery, absorption and uptake of vitamin C. Vitamin C promotes collagen production, which has the potential to thicken the dermis, diminish fine lines, and is essential for firm, youthful skin. On top of this, vitamin C is an antioxidant, meaning it protects skin cells from damaging free radicals caused by UV exposure which is all validated by EFSA approved health claims.

Gingerize®, Pomella® and EpiCor® for digestive and gut health

As part of our PlantNutra® range we offer Gingerize®, a signature ingredient by Verdure Sciences® which is a high quality, botanical ingredient standardised to 15% gingerols and shagoals by HPLC. Ginger is well known and has a very long history of use, with studies supporting nausea and digestion, dysmenorrhea, gut health and metabolic health. Several studies support the role of ginger in mitigating dysmenorrhea (painful menstrual periods) as well as supporting overall women's health.

The antioxidant function from Pomella®'s powerful polyphenols work with the body to support health benefi­ts often impacted by oxidative stress, contributing to overall wellness. The health benefits of pomegranate have long been associated with the high content of antioxidant polyphenols, in particular ellagitannins such as punicalagins and their gut-derived metabolites, urolithins. The symbiotic relationship between phenolic compounds and gut microbiota have gained much attention due to their relevance to bioavailability and human health.

EpiCor® is a whole-food fermentate, a postbiotic ingredient clinically shown to support the immune system, and modulate and benefit the gut microbiome. A recent (2017) randomized, placebo-controlled human clinical trial conducted in Europe, aimed to investigate the gut health effects of EpiCor®. Statistically significant results on this study demonstrated EpiCor’s gastrointestinal benefits at only 500 mg daily dose and confirmed the link between the immune and digestive systems.16

PureSea® and Menopause

Taking control of your menopause in a natural and healthy way can be achieved through a wide range of nutrients, one of which is PureSea®, gold-standard, seaweed. This provides natural iodine which may help various symptoms associated with all stages of the menopause.

Hypothyroidism (an underactive thyroid) is a condition in which the thyroid gland is unable to produce the thyroid hormones required for normal health. The group most at risk of this is middle-aged women – it is at this age that women may also start to go through the menopause. This often leads to misdiagnosis since hypothyroidism and the menopause share some similar symptoms. Since the transition into hypothyroidism and the menopause go hand in hand, it has led researchers to believe that there might be a connection between perimenopause and thyroid function. Click here to read more about the connection between the menopause and thyroid health, and how some menopause symptoms may be affected by hypothyroidism.

Women spend so much time looking after others that they rarely take the time to look after themselves. Everything a woman will do in a day - the food she eats, the exercise she chooses, sleep, stress, and personal time (or lack thereof) – will affect her future health. LEHVOSS Nutrition offer a number of interesting solutions which can be easily incorporated to trendy health formulations targeting women’s health and nutrition.


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