Pukka Herbs | Womankind

Asparagus racemosus, commonly known as Shatavari, is a species of asparagus. Its tuberous roots have been used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine to treat everything from stomach ulcers to anxiety disorders. The adaptogen is said to have demulcent, antispasmodic, galactogogue and diuretic effects, but it is most often taken as a tonic to ease the symptoms of hormonal imbalance and gynaecological dysfunction. I've been reluctant to load my body with synthetic hormones to mitigate the symptoms of endometriosis so when I heard that Pukka Herbs had developed a shatavari-based organic supplement to support women's health, I ordered some immediately.

 Pukka Womankind Supplements | © Helen Pockett

Pukka Womankind Supplements | © Helen Pockett

The capsules contain an blend of shatavari root, reishi, turmeric, red clover seed sprouts, broccoli seed sprouts, green tea leaf aqueous extract, aloe vera juice concentrate, motherwort, maca, pomegranate seed, seaweed, ginger, and spirulina. The casings are made from hydroxypropyl methyl cellulose so are suitable for vegetarians and vegans. 

I take two capsules a day, breaking them open and stirring the contents into some juice or a smoothie. The blend has an earthy, slightly bitter taste but I wouldn't say that it's unpleasant. I didn't notice any immediate side effects – it didn't upset my stomach or give me a rash – but by the fifth day all I could think about was sex. So if you're in this for the aphrodisiac effect, know that it works. Perhaps one must take it for an extended period (no pun intended) of time to see a significant change in the regularity of one's menstrual cycle but after the first month I did notice that my PMS symptoms were reduced – not so much bloating, skin didn't flare up, less nausea etc.

Even if it's a placebo effect – who cares? I'll keep taking them and will report back.

30 Capsules | £16.96 | www.pukkaherbs.com