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The AllVia Line of Topical Therapies
By Jennifer Morganti, ND, Director of Education for NEEDS

Why Topical Therapies?
Taking supplements or medications orally is certainly effective; however, there is a phenomenon called the "first-pass effect" which means anything taken by mouth will be absorbed through the digestive system and immediately metabolized by the liver. A certain amount of the chemical constituents are degraded by this process, before the nutrient is delivered to the rest of the body via the circulatory system. When active ingredients are applied transdermally and are absorbed through the skin, they do not get immediately metabolized by the liver, but instead circulate systemically and have a more direct effect. There are limitations to what type of ingredients can be absorbed through the skin, but melatonin, tryptophan, and estriol are effectively delivered via this mechanism.

Bio-Identical hormones
Estriol is one of the three forms of estrogen (including etrone and estradiol) that are naturally produced in the body. Because it is the weakest form of estrogen, it is also considered the safest and with the least side effects. For women who need to increase their estrogen levels, this bio-identical hormone may be one of the safer and more effective ways to do so.

Are you getting your Beauty Sleep?
Everyone knows that poor sleep can adversely affect your mood and health, but did you know that it also affects your skin and wrinkles? Sleep is a restorative time when every organ, including the skin, takes time to regenerate. But a little known fact is that skin has melatonin receptors, and melatonin is necessary to stimulate them to induce healing and restoration. When melatonin levels are low, especially as we age, the skin has less of an opportunity to recover from the daily barrage of environmental insults that cause damage to this delicate organ. Topical melatonin helps directly stimulate the receptors in the skin, and maximize the repair and renewal process. AllVia transdermal therapies use liposomal technology a technology that makes a watersoluble substance fat-soluble, so that it can be delivered through cell membranes. All AllVia transdermal therapies are natural and do not contain parabens.

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