I am a very active 60 year-old woman, but recently when playing tennis, I have been experiencing urinary leakage.
Q. Dear Terry, “I am a very active 60 year-old woman, but recently when playing tennis, I have been experiencing urinary leakage. I don’t want this problem to get any worse, as it’s already embarrassing. Do you know of anything that might help?” — Dorothy H., Boise, ID
A. Dear Dorothy, Bladder issues can really impact a person’s quality of life. Between the urgent urination, nighttime trips to the bathroom, and leakage or incontinence, it’s hard to accomplish what we need to get done.
As we age, our bladder can lose its tone because our bladder is a muscular sac. When our bladder loses tone, it can also lose its capacity to hold urine properly. Fortunately there is a botanical that can help with some of these changes.
The best botanical I’ve seen for bladder issues is Icelandic angelica, Angelica archangelica. This variety of Angelica has been used in Nordic countries for over 1,000 years and has a long history of use in folk medicine.
Not only does Angelica help to strengthen the bladder muscles, but it also helps increase bladder capacity. That means fewer trips to the bathroom and less urinary leakage.
When choosing a formula, I recommend finding one that features an aqueous (water) extract of Angelica and make sure it is clinically studied. I would take 100-200 mg in the morning for daytime urinary leakage.
Terry . . . Naturally