Benefits and market opportunity
Libifem® is a standardized fenugreek extract that supports women in maintaining a healthy quality of life.
Libifem is Gencor’s branded name for an extract containing saponins that support healthy levels of estradiol in women. This extract has been clinically shown to promote a woman’s healthy sexual vitality and desire, as well as help alleviate normal symptoms of menopause.*
Loss of sexual desire affects one in every four women, and can affect adult women of all ages. But despite its prevalence, there are few supplement options. Libifem offers a unique herbal solution to support female hormone estradiol that helps boost sexual desire.*
Reduction in estradiol is a normal feature of menopause, a natural biological process which can be accompanied by a range of symptoms. These symptoms can affect women to varying degrees, sometimes causing discomfort and distress. Libifem has been shown effective in alleviating some of these symptoms and supporting a healthy quality of life.*
Incorporate Libifem in product formulations designed to support female sexual health in adults and quality of life in menopause.*
Why choose Libifem?
What sets Libifem apart from other ingredients? Libifem:
- Promotes healthy female sexual desire and experience*
- Reduces hot flushes and night sweats in menopause*
- Promotes healthy quality of life in menopause*
- Has been shown effective in two clinical studies on women
- Is a single-herb and well-tolerated product
- Is easy to use in product formulations
The manufacturing facility for Libifem has been audited by the US FDA and found GMP compliant. The facility is also NSF GMP certified.
Study on the effectiveness of Libifem for supporting female sexual desire, libido, hormone levels and metabolism
The effectiveness of Libifem for supporting female sexual desire, libido, hormone levels and metabolism was tested in an 8-week placebo-controlled study on 80 healthy females in stable relationships.
The randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind study covered metabolism, hormone levels and sexual functioning.* Sexual function was measured using the DISF-SR standard, which tests five domains of sexual function:
- Sexual cognition
- Sexual arousal
- Sexual experience
- Sexual relationship
The study also measured perceived stress levels and fatigue (with separate scores for general fatigue, emotional fatigue, physical fatigue, mental health and overall vigor).*
Citation: 1. Rao, A, et al. 2015 “Influence of LIBIFEM, a specialized extract of Trigonella foenum graecum (fenugreek) on sexual function, hormones and metabolism in healthy menstruating women, in a randomized placebo-controlled study.” Phytother. Res. DOI: 10.1002/ptr.5355.
Study to evaluate the safety and efficacy of Libifem in reducing menopausal symptoms
A study was recently completed in Australia to assess the effectiveness of Libifem on normal symptoms of menopause in otherwise healthy women. This 12-week, double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trial was conducted on women who were experiencing symptoms of menopause and were aged between 40 to 65 years.
The primary outcome measure was reduction in menopausal symptoms, assessed by the validated Menopause-Specific Quality of Life Questionnaire (MENQOL). This questionnaire helps gauge the level of severity of menopause symptoms under the categories of vasomotor, psychosocial, physical and sexual. Each participant also maintained a diary of hot flushes and night sweats.
Secondary outcome measures were serum sex hormone levels and other quality of life questionnaires – DISF and FSFI (sexual function), PSI (sleep function), and IPAC (physical exercise).
Steels, E., Steele, M.L., Harold, M. and Coulson, S., 2017. Efficacy of a proprietary Trigonella foenum‐graecum L. de‐husked seed extract in reducing menopausal symptoms in otherwise healthy women: a double‐blind, randomized, placebo‐controlled study. Phytotherapy Research, 31(9), pp.1316-1322.