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The following article is from a series written by Dr. Regan Golob for the DynamiteŽ Specialty Products monthly newsletter. Since the target readers were consumers and distributors of the DynamiteŽ nutritional product line, references were made to these products without supportive explanations. If you would like to learn about the excellent DynamiteŽ nutritional products for humans, animals, plants and soils, click <here>
Happy Hormones, Part 1
What really happens as a woman reaches her mid to late 40s? The common belief is that she becomes estrogen deficient, and that causes the symptoms of hot flashes, mood swings, water retention, missed periods, hair loss and body/facial hair, loss of sex drive, etc. I believe this is not the case. Instead, women become estrogen dominant, because they still produce some estrogen but the progesterone levels begin to drop dramatically in the mid 30s, to nearly zero by actual menopause.
Other reasons for estrogen dominance are the steroids and hormones in meats and dairy products, and the xenoestrogen toxins in our environment, usually from petroleum products.
During the first part of a menstrual cycle, estrogen dominates and builds the uterine lining in preparation for possible pregnancy. Then ovulation occurs, and the follicle becomes the corpus luteum which begins to produce up to 20 mg. of progesterone a day.
In their 30s, women begin to have some cycles where they don't ovulate, so there is a month of unopposed estrogen. I feel this progesterone deficiency is what accounts for increasing PMS, and the beginning symptoms of perimenopause.
The chart below, written by John R. Lee, MD, compares the effects of estrogen and natural progesterone:
Obviously, the key to balanced hormones is to keep natural progesterone levels up. In cultures that eat a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables, progesterone deficiency is almost unheard of, and women go through menopause with few symptoms. So, increase your consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables. There are more than 5,000 types of plants that make progesterogenic sterols. Produce that is picked unripe, as found in stores, has low levels of vitamin C and sterols. Because the adrenal glands are very active in producing progesterone, many career women who are under stress go through early menopause from worn-out adrenal glands. I feel the natural steroid saponins in the yucca, ginseng, barley and alfalfa that make up DynamiteŽ Herbal Green™ are excellent for adrenal support. DynamiteŽ Manganese Plus™ with ovarian glandulars also provides excellent nutritional support for women, as manganese is the main fertility mineral for females. For males, the main reproductive mineral is zinc.
Dominant estrogen levels cause magnesium levels to fall. Symptoms of magnesium deficiency include water retention, calcium loss, anxiety and depression, chocolate cravings, and constipation. DynamiteŽ P.M.S. Premium Magnesium Supplement™ is an excellent source of 100 percent amino acid chelated magnesium.
DynamiteŽ Tri-Mins Plus™ contains chelated calcium and magnesium. To relieve water retention, I also recommend drinking celery juice for organic sodium, and DynamiteŽ Elixir™ as a great source of potassium.
- creates proliferative endometrium
- breast stimulation
- increased body fat
- salt and fluid retention
- depression and headaches
- interferes with thyroid hormone
- increased blood clotting
- decreases libido
- impairs blood sugar control
- loss of zinc and retention of copper
- reduced oxygen levels in all cells
- increased risk of endometrial cancer
- increased risk of breast cancer
- slightly restrains osteoclast function
- reduces vascular tone
- maintains secretory endometrium
- protects against breast fibrocysts
- helps use fat for energy
- natural diuretic
- natural antidepressant
- facilitates thyroid hormone action
- normalizes blood clotting
- restores libido
- normalizes blood sugar levels
- normalizes zinc and copper levels
- restores proper cell oxygen levels
- prevents endometrial cancer
- helps prevent breast cancer
- stimulates osteoclast bone building
- necessary for survival of embryo
- precursor of corticosterone production
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