Mean Better Heart Health
Our blood vessels are lined with oestrogen receptors, which play a key role in regulating healthy blood pressure, cholesterol and normal clot formation in both men and women. This may be one reason why pre-menopausal women enjoy more optimal heart health statistics than their male and postmenopausal counterparts––and why heart health becomes an important focus for women as they grow older.
Research shows, however, that while synthetic hormone analogs of progesterone (called "progestin") can actually impact cardiovascular health, naturally derived forms of oestrogen and progesterone can help to support healthy blood pressure, heart rate, clotting factors and lipid levels. This is especially true if you deal with a high stress load, as your body taps into progesterone stores to generate more of the stress hormone cortisol––an all-too-common recipe for suboptimal balance in hormones known as "progesterone steal."
Of course, balanced levels of "female" hormones aren't the only factor behind cardiovascular health––testosterone has been linked to heart health, too. In fact, upwards of 37 percent of men who have cardiovascular health concerns may also have suboptimal testosterone levels.Since this hormone is essential for normal blood pressure, healthy inflammatory responses and muscle strength, it's easy to see how an imbalance in testosterone could affect peak heart function. Research now shows that supporting testosterone levels can improve cardiovascular functioning in both men and women.
Hormonal harmony may be achieved through natural medicine
Luckily there are many natural substances which may help to maintain a healthy oestrogen balance, including:
1. Flaxseed – Flaxseed supports the production of the “good” oestrogen, which is essential to female reproductive health, whilst reducing the production of the “bad” oestrogen.
2. Polygonum and Kudzu – These herbs contain constituents that can help regulate the effects of oestrogen on the body.
3. Turmeric – turmeric offers potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity and also increases general detoxification within the body.
4. Folic acid, vitamin B6 and vitamin B12 – These vitamins assist with the processing of oestrogen in the body.
Mum was right, broccoli is good for you!
Broccoli and other members of the Brassica vegetables, like cauliflower, cabbage and Brussel sprouts, contain a powerful ingredient known as indole-3-carbinole which also helps to keep a healthy balance between the “good” and the “bad” oestrogen.
As men age, testosterone is less abundant, and oestrogen becomes more noticeable.
In-vivo studies show Tribulus terrestris increases testosterone, and dihydroepiandosterone sulfate (DHEAS).
It is suggested that the steroidal saponin protodioscin in tribulus is responsible for increasing sex hormone production. Tribulus terrestris may also support Luteinising Hormone (LH) production, thereby helping to maintain normal healthy testosterone levels.
Assists healthy reproductive function in men: Zinc has many roles in male fertility, including supporting normal healthy sperm maturation and testosterone synthesis, with antioxidant properties that counteract reactive oxygen species (ROS). Tribulus and epimedium are traditionally used as male reproductive tonics and may support fertility.
Tribulus, damiana, horny goat weed and lotus seed all share traditional use as male reproductive tonics to support healthy sexual function and to rejuvenate the male reproductive system. In-vivo studies show that Tribulus terrestris up-regulates androgen receptor expression and activity in the areas of the brain associated with sexual behaviour and desire. Further, scientific studies confirm that damiana and tribulus can help improve male sexual performance.
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As well as these great natural supplements, the following dietary and lifestyle changes will also help keep your oestrogens in balance:
· Consume a diet rich in fibre, fruit and vegetables’
· Increase the good fats in your diet, especially those from nuts, seeds and oily cold-water fish;
· Drink at least 1 – 2 litres of water a day;
· Increase exercise and keep active
· Limit salt and saturated fat intake;
· Reduce or avoid caffeine and alcohol consumption;
· Stop smoking
Every woman and every man, at every stage of their life should use these diet and lifestyle ideas and the natural medicines discussed as an ongoing support for healthy hormones.
If you are concerned about hormone related symptoms, then make an appointment and let’s discuss the range of options available to help you achieve hormonal harmony.