08 AUG 2022 HAPPENINGS 2 MINS READ 727 VIEWS

Women Health From Within Event

Senior Nutritionist Sharmini Devi as well as trainers Lee Chih Ying and Sue Choo hosted the recent ‘Women Health From Within’ workshop that enlightened wellness enthusiasts on the importance of probiotics, especially for women.



The virtual event kicked off with an introduction by the trainers, in which they explored the various significant life stages women experience and the value of proper nutrition at each stage. Viewers were then urged to do a self-check of their own vaginal health by noting any of the following symptoms of discomfort:

  • Foul odour
  • Itching
  • Burning sensation
  • Abnormal discharge


Joining in to share her expertise was Dr Kristin Morris, Principal Research Scientist & Clinical Investigations, Amway Research & Development, who aims to help ABOs be gut and vaginal smart. Dr Morris took viewers through the importance of a healthy and diverse gut microbiome, especially for women and their vaginal health.

According to research, global probiotic market value reached $58 billion in 2020 and is predicted to reach $86 billion by 2025. Part of this exponential growth is because consumers are becoming more aware of the benefits of probiotics and digestive health.

Here are some key takeaways every woman should know:



All women need the same strain of bacteria for their wellness

That’s right. Women need specific strains of bacteria to maintain optimal gut and vaginal health, which include:

  • Lactobacillus rhamnosus HN001
  • Lactobacillus acidophilus LA14
  • Lactobacillus acidophilus NCFM

The first two strains help balance pH levels and prevent overgrowth of bacteria in the vagina. This prevents bacterial vaginosis, which is the most common vaginal infection in women of childbearing potential.

Balance from within: Nutrilite Cranberry Fruit Drink Base with Probiotic, Inulin & FOS

A must for women everywhere, the Nutrilite Cranberry Fruit Drink Base with Probiotic, Inulin & FOS contains these two strains as well as Lactobacillus acidophilus NCFM. Research by Nutrilite scientists have proven its efficacy; with 10 billion CFU per stick, oral intake of the strains found in this drink leads to transient colonisation from the second week of consumption.

This means that the normalisation for vaginal microbiome occurs from the 14th day and improves symptoms like itching and vaginal discharge. It also supports a healthy immune response while tasting great!

Can men take this product?

Yes, they can. There’s no harm in them taking this product even though it is made with a specific focus on the needs of women and their wellness. It is a probiotic supplement that supports body defense and gut health.

Alternately, men can also take the Nutrilite Botanical Beverage Mix Chicory Root Extract with Probiotics for all the benefits probiotics have to offer. The Nutrilite Botanical Beverage Mix Chicory Root Extract is a foundational probiotic for gut and immune support. It features 5 strains of probiotics and 6.3 billion CFUs, as well as chicory root, a prebiotic that aids the digestion and absorption of nutrients.

In fact, the Nutrilite Botanical Beverage Mix Chicory Root Extract is great for people of all ages and genders, from children as young as 4 to the elderly.

Here are some of the other probiotic supplements available under Nutrilite:



Also recommended for women are two new products: the Vital Treasures ROSYSHINE Botanical Beverage Berries, Rose Petal Extract & Grape Seed Extract and the Vital Treasures PINK BLOOM Botanical Beverage Raspberry, Red Dates & Pomegranate Extract.



Great for reviving dull and rough skin, the Vital Treasures ROSYSHINE Botanical Beverage Berries, Rose Petal Extract & Grape Seed Extract is formulated with 7 types of mixed berries essence (strawberry, chokeberry, blackberry, elderberry, blackcurrant, acai berry and blueberry) for a brighter, glowing complexion.



Japan-patented Rose Petal Extract improves skin elasticity and reduces dark skin pigmentation, while Grape Seed Extract with 95% OPC (oligomeric proanthocyanidin) fights free radicals and lightens skin pigmentation. Rich in Vitamins A, C and E, it boosts collagen production for improved skin elasticity.

Meanwhile, the Vital Treasures PINK BLOOM Botanical Beverage Raspberry, Red Dates & Pomegranate Extract contains US-patented Pomegranate Extract and 23 different herbs specifically to complement a woman’s daily nutritional needs. Suitable for women of all life stages, it can benefit those with pre-menstrual symptoms, mothers recovering after child birth and mature women with menopause. It is bursting with antioxidants and improves vitality – perfect for go-getters to maintain their health at any age.

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References:

  1. Mordor Intelligence: Global Probiotic Industry Report 2020​
  2. HFI 2020 International Trend Report, Statista, International Journal of Health Sciences, WHO
  3. De Alberti D, et al.  Lactobacilli vaginal colonization after oral consumption of Respecta® complex:  a randomized controlled pilot study.  Arch Gynecol Obstet.  2015; 292: 861-867
  4. Russo R, et al.  Evidence-based mixture containing Lactobacillus strains and lactoferrin to prevent recurrent bacterial vaginosis:  a double blind, placebo controlled, randomized trial.  Benef Microbes.  2019; 10: 19-26.
  5. Russo R, et al.  Study on the effects of an oral lactobacilli and lactoferrin complex in women with intermediate vaginal microbiota.  Arch Gynecol Obes. 2018.
  6. Russo R, et al.  Randomized clinical trial in women with recurrent vulvovaginal candidiasis:  efficacy of probiotics and lactoferrin as maintenance treatment.  Mycoses. 2019.​