Probiotics have grown in popularity these days—with a very good reason! They are linked to many health benefits and are gaining recommendation from wellness enthusiasts and medical professionals.



Benefits Of Probiotics

Probiotics are supplements containing live microorganisms intended to have health benefits when consumed or applied to the body. Currently, most of the probiotics available in the market are bacterial strain probiotics. S.cerevisiae CNCM I-3856 from yeast is another probiotic contender increasing in popularity and gaining recognition from the medical and scientific community.


There are so many valid reasons why a high-quality probiotic is a good thing—especially for women. In fact, scientific studies have shown that taking probiotics can offer some major health benefits, with some of them showing specific relevance to female health.


3 Main Reasons Why Women Need A Good Probiotic Supplement


Digestive health

  • Probiotics improve symptoms of certain digestive disorders, including bloating, ulcerative colitis and inflammatory bowel syndrome. They also help your body to achieve a balanced gut microbiota, eradicating pathogens such as bad bacteria and bad fungal in the body. Thus improving nutrients absorption, less bloatedness and no more stomach pain.

Immune system

  • Research has shown that probiotics inhibit the growth of harmful microorganism and improve immunity, which may protect you from certain infections. For instance, studies found that the probiotic s.cerevisiae CNCM I-3856 could reduce the bad bacteria E.coli and bad fungal C.albican count in gut & vaginal organs.

Vaginal health

  • Probiotics also play a vital role in maintaining vaginal health as they may help prevent and treat vaginal imbalance issues such as bacterial vaginosis (BV) and fungal infections such as candida overgrowth. Vaginalmicroflora imbalances can cause itching, abnormal discharge and odour, as well as increase women risk of getting a urinary tract infection.


Advantages of Yeast Over Bacteria Probiotics

  1. Can take together with antibiotic treatment - Yeasts are not sensitive to the action of antibiotics by nature, which means it can be administered concomitantly with antibiotic treatment without the fear of antibiotic reduce the supplement effectiveness.

  2. Faster action - Yeasts able to remove bad microorganism more effectively from the body as its cell walls' components (glucans, mannan, etc.) are unique for their positive in-host effect on pathogen binding and immune modulation.

  3. Effective with smaller quantity - yeasts are approximately ten times bigger than bacteria. Bigger size means it has a larger surface area to bind and remove bad microorganism from the body.

  4. Good survival rate - yeasts strive under more acidic conditions than bacteria. 90% active s.cerevisiae CNCM I-3856 can reach the lower gut without being destroyed by the stomach's harsh acid environment.

  5. Easy storage - yeast is a sturdy microorganism and stable to store at room temperature without the worry of losing its efficacy.


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Year to date, the global data indicates higher COVID-19 case among men than women. In Malaysia, nearly 7 out of 10 Covid-19 victims are men, and male patients have almost three times the odds of requiring intensive treatment unit admission and higher odds of death compared to females. The risk of mortality is higher if at the same time you are over the age of 50.



Men with Low Testosterone level has a higher risk of getting severe COVID-19 complication!


Recently published research has highlighted the potential role of testosterone in the severity of illness in male patients infected with SARS-CoV-2.[1] The male patients who died had significantly lower mean testosterone level than the patients who were alive. This point to an important role for testosterone is associated with the immune system of respiratory organs, and low levels of testosterone might increase the risk of respiratory infections. [1]

Testosterone is a hormone that plays a crucial role in carbohydrate, fat and protein metabolism. It has been known that testosterone has a significant influence on body fat composition and muscle mass in men. Men with low levels of testosterone are more likely to get chronic illnesses that are often associated with hospitalisation and mortality in ICU patients. A low level of total and free testosterone is linked with the increased risk of obesity, coronary heart disease (CHD), heart failure and Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM), where these Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD) are the risk factors leading to the high mortality rate in Covid-19 patients.


In Malaysia, 80% of covid-19 death reported having at least one underlying health condition, in which diabetes mellitus is the most common risk factor among them. Multiple studies show low testosterone increases the risk of T2DM by 3-4 fold. [2,3]



Look out for signs & symptoms of Low Testosterone.


Men need to have a healthy testosterone level to maintain an optimal health level. Signs and symptoms of low testosterone include:

  • Sleep disturbance - frequently wake up at night (insomnia)

  • Reduced sex drive (low libido)

  • Sexual dysfunction

  • Infertility

  • Emotional changes

  • Decreased in muscle strength

  • Weight gain with expanding waistline

  • Feeling tired all the time (fatigue)


How to Optimise Your Testosterone Level


Having optimal testosterone level not only reduce covid-19 complication, but can also improve your mood and energy, boost your libido, and help with muscle mass and bone density.

To optimise testosterone level, other than taking a supplement; one also needs to:

  • Get enough sleep - Lack of sleep causes numerous health issues. Notably, it decreases testosterone production [4,5,6] and facilitates fat gain. [7]

  • Exercise regularly - Resistance training can raise testosterone levels for 15–30 minutes post-exercise. [8,9] More importantly, it can benefit testosterone production in the long run by improving body composition and reducing insulin resistance.[8]

  • Good weight management - Weight gain and the associated chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes,[10,11] are strongly linked to decreases in testosterone, particularly in middle-aged and older men. If you gain weight (as fat), your testosterone production drops. Fortunately, if you lose weight, your testosterone production can climb back up.


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Testofen®, made from the extraction of a special Trigonella foenum-graecum (fenugreek) seed, helps to reduce the symptoms of Low Testosterone by increasing the level of the body’s active testosterone.

Testofen® is not a hormone, and it works naturally by releasing the body's protein-bounded testosterone (non-active) so that more active testosterone can start to work effectively in the body. Only active testosterone can provide beneficial effects to your body and let you feel more alert and energized, without the undesirable side effects.

Just 8 weeks, taking Testofen® together with a regular resistance exercise were reported to help increase active testosterone levels, which provide direct benefits of optimal testosterone level such as improves men’s vitality, energy and better health condition.


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References:

  1. https://wchh.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.1002/tre.773 Testosterone deficiency in men infected with COVID-19Geoffrey Hackett, Consultant in Sexual Medicine;1 Michael Kirby, Editor21. University Hospitals, Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust; 2. Trends in Urology and Men’s Health

  2. Bakker LEH, Sleddering MA, Schoones JW, et al. Pathogenesis of Type 2 Diabetes in South Asians. Eur J Endocrinol 2013;169(5): R99‐R114. doi.10.1530/EJE‐13‐0307.Google Scholar

  3. Heald AH, Patel J, Anderson SG, et al. Migration is associated with lower total, but not free testosterone levels in South Asian men. Clin Endocrinol (Oxf) 2007;67(5):651‐5. doi.https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365‐2265.2007.02856.x.

  4. Cote KA, et al. Sleep deprivation lowers reactive aggression and testosterone in men. Biol Psychol (2013)

  5. Penev PD. Association between sleep and morning testosterone levels in older men. Sleep (2007)

  6. González-Santos MR, et al. Sleep deprivation and adaptive hormonal responses of healthy men. Arch Androl (1989)

  7. Nedeltcheva AV, et al. Insufficient sleep undermines dietary efforts to reduce adiposity. Ann Intern Med (2010)

  8. O'Leary CB, Hackney AC. Acute and chronic effects of resistance exercise on the testosterone and cortisol responses in obese males: a systematic review. Physiol Res (2014)

  9. Kraemer WJ, Ratamess NA. Hormonal responses and adaptations to resistance exercise and training. Sports Med (2005)

  10. Grossmann M. Low testosterone in men with type 2 diabetes: significance and treatment. J Clin Endocrinol Metab (2011)

  11. Tajar A, et al. Characteristics of secondary, primary, and compensated hypogonadism in ageing men: evidence from the European Male Ageing Study. J Clin Endocrinol Metab (2010)





Age from 40 to 60 marked a drastic change to your eyes, affecting your vision, as your eyes are embarking on an ageing journey. If you have been enjoying the gift of perfect vision, 40 years old will be the cornerstone for your eyesight change, causing quite a lot of inconvenience and frustrations.


From the 40s, many adults may start to have problems seeing clearly at close distances, especially when reading and working on the computer. Initially, you may need to hold reading materials farther away to see them clearly. Or you may need to remove your glasses to see better up close. Print in the newspaper or on a restaurant menu may appear blurred, especially under dim lighting.



Understanding Age-related Vision Changes

Just like your body, your eyes and vision change over time. While not everyone will experience the same symptoms, the following are common age-related vision changes:

  • Dry Eyes, Reduced tear production. With age, the tear glands in your eyes will produce fewer tears. This is particularly true for women experiencing hormonal changes. As a result, your eyes may feel dry and irritated.

  • Need for more light. As you age, you need more light to see as well as you used to.

  • Difficulty reading and doing close work. Printed materials can become less clear, in part because the lens in your eye becomes less flexible over time.

  • Problems with glare. When driving, you may notice additional glare from headlights at night or the sun reflecting off windshields or pavement during the day.

  • Changes in colour perception. This makes it harder to see and distinguish between certain colour shades.

A cataract is happening EARLIER

A cataract is a clouding of the lens in the eye that affects vision. Most cataracts are related to aging. Cataracts used to be very common in older people, 70 years and above. However, with the long hour exposure to blue lights from screens of computer, digital devices and mobile phones, Cataract is affecting younger adults, as young as mid ’40s.


Risk Factors that affect Eyes are increasing

It is a known fact that incidences of chronic diseases are on the rise. Adults over 40 who have the following health or work issues may be particularly at risk for developing eye and vision problems:

  • Consistently having dry eye.

  • Chronic, systemic conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure.

  • A family history of glaucoma or macular degeneration.

  • Health conditions related to high cholesterol, thyroid, anxiety or depression, and arthritis for which you take medications. Many medications, even antihistamines, have vision side effects.

5 Ways to Slow Down Aging Eyes


1. Take breaks from your digital screens

In between TVs, computer, tablet and mobile phones, digital screen exposure are at an all-time high and that is taking a toll on your eyes. To slow down aging eyes, take both mini and longer breaks from your digital gadgets to enable your eyes to have some rest.


For longer breaks, we advise you to stand up as well as stretch your legs, neck and also back. While you do this, attempt shutting your eyes to relax the eye.


For mini-breaks, do try the 20-20-20 rule: Every 20 minutes, look away from your screen and focus on an object 20 feet away for a minimum of 20 seconds. This offers the small muscles in your eye the opportunity to relax for a moment.


2. Prevent your allergy triggers

Allergic reactions can create havoc on your eyes. How? Allergens activate a release of histamine in the body, which will trigger eye capillary to dilate and at the same time caused your eyes and nose to feel irritated and itchy. Prolong eye allergic reactions also leads to swelling and inflammation, which makes your eyes look tired and create strain to the eye.


If allergic reactions are causing you to have tired eyes easily, can consider take an antihistamine when required, use the elimination method to identify potential triggers causing the strain to your eye.


3. Apply warm as well as awesome compresses.

Relieved eye stress with warm and cool compresses placed on your eyes. This not only improves the look of your eyes, yet it offers your eye a wonderful relaxing treat.


First, apply a warm compress to help relax your eye muscular tissues, it raises the blood flow to your eyes. Then follow by placing a cool compress on your eyes, this minimizes the swelling and puffiness and also makes your eyes appear sharper as well as awake.


Applying warm and also chilly compresses is a natural home remedy for tired eyes. A sharp and energetic eye also will be more resistant to aging process.


4. Keep your eyes moisturized

Aging eye start with eye dryness. Dry eyes can be caused by various factors, including age, taking certain medications or too much digital screen time.


The best way to moisturize your eyes is by drinking enough water. When your body is dehydrated, it usually causes dull or tired-looking eyes and also skin. Drinking more water is good for your overall health too.


5. Taking a proven supplement that supports eye health.

Plenty of claims are made about the positive effects of supplements on vision and eye health, but very few research studies support these claims. One exception is the Age-Related Eye Disease Studies (AREDS and AREDS2). These are large studies conducted by the National Eye Institute, where it shows formulation following the AREDS and AREDS2 guideline helps for Age-related dry Macular Degeneration (AMD).


Another well studied ingredient for eye health is Bilberry. Bilberry is has been traditionally used as a remedy to improve night vision. The current research also shows promise in the treatment of eye fatigue, reduce eye inflammation-related conditions & improve the protection of retinal cells against degeneration.


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