What is Advanced Orthomolecular Research (AOR) Fem-Adapt?
Billed by the manufacturer as “a natural solution for menopausal symptoms”, AOR Fem-Adapt also contains herbs which are traditionally used to alleviate some of the symptoms associated with pre-menstruation such as migraines, PMS (pre-menstrual tension symdrome), and joint and nerve pain.
Nevertheless, this review will focus on Fem-Adapt as a product focused on providing relief of menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, and mood swings.
Unlike other menopause formulations currently available which also contain ingredients that boost general female health, AOR Fem-Adapt’s active ingredients are purely photoestrogens that studies indicate reduce the severity and frequency of the most distressing menopausal systems, especially hot flashes.
- Flax extract (Linum usitatissimum)
- Soy Isoflavone extract
- Black Cohosh extract
- Lifenol Hops extract
microcrystalline cellulose, silicon dioxide, maltodextrin, tricalcium phosphate, sodium stearyl fumarate, Hypromellose (capsule).
Genistein is a phytoestrogen and is said to serve as a natural alternative to conventional hormone therapy. Because it has a similar structure to estrogen, it may help alleviate the bone density problems associated with menopause, thus reducing the risk of bone fractures.
The Flax extract (Linum usitatissimum), contains lignans, which are said to be similar to human estrogens, has been studied for its cardio-protective, menopausal, bone density and inflammatory effects, with one study indicating that it could have an effect on reducing inflammation, cholesterol, and other heart health indices.
Hops have been shown to reduce hot flashes and night sweats as is black cohosh. In addition, black cohosh is now being studied for its effect on mood as well as for its enhancement of bone mass.
Meanwhile, black cohosh, dong quai, and soy isoflavones are believed to be helpful for reducing menstruation-associated migraines.
Take 2 capsules daily, or as directed by a qualified healthcare professional. These should preferably be taken a few hours before or after taking other medications or natural health products.
What is the Cost?
A container of 60 capsules – a 30 day supply – is available for around $40 from various online retailers.
AOR does not appear to offer any kind of guarantee on its Fem-Adapt. As it does not sell the product directly from its website, you should check the return policy of the retailer from whom you purchase Fem-Adapt should you be unhappy and wish to claim a refund.
Our Final Review of AOR Fem-Adapt
In addition to including ingredients that deal with distressing menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, Fem-Adapt’s ability to help balance hormones may also help to reduce the risk of post-menopausal diseases such as osteoporosis and certain heart diseases. The dose of the four clinically-studied phytoestrogens it contains is also said to be backed by research. However, when we compared these dosages to that available in competitive products, we found these to be slightly lower than could be obtained elsewhere. In addition, Fem-Adapt was also more expensive.
We were somewhat concerned about the fact that AOR does not appear to provide any guarantees for the product. It must, however, be noted that AOR is a Canadian company and its products are said to meet the quality assurance programs required by, for example, Health Canada with quality checks performed by an unnamed third party.