Estrogens are primarily associated with female development, reproduction and sexual health, but they have many functions in the body. Estrogen is important for bone health, keeping skin healthy and elastic, regulating mood, cardiovascular health and brain function. Estrogen is also responsible for keeping the vaginal walls lubricated and elastic.
A lack of estrogen can cause many symptoms including breast tenderness, vaginal dryness or vaginal atrophy, decreasing bone density, hot flashes, night sweats, trouble sleeping or insomnia, mood changes, anxiety, depression, headaches and trouble concentrating. Thus, there are many reasons why you may wish to boost your estrogen levels, especially when you are approaching menopause, although there are other reasons why estrogen levels may be low.
If you are looking to boost estrogen levels and rebalance your hormones there are two main approaches you can take. You can either use hormone therapy, taking either natural or synthetic estrogen in the form of a tablet, cream, patch or suppository. Or you can make changes to your diet and lifestyle that will boost your estrogen levels naturally or find natural ways to replicate the effects of estrogen in the body.
Phytoestrogens found in plants have a similar structure to estradiol, the most common form of estrogen made by the body. In fact, they are similar enough that they can attach to estrogen receptors and mimic the effects of estrogen.
Foods that are rich in estradiol include dried apricots, dates, flax seeds, chickpeas, cruciferous vegetables, berries, garlic and soybeans.
While there have been a number of studies on the effects of phytoestrogens, their usage to deal with the symptoms of low estrogen is controversial. This is because in most cases the effects seem to be positive, not all phytoestrogens work the same and some may have the opposite effect, blocking the body’s own estrogen.
There are a number of vitamins and minerals that are needed for estrogen production, metabolizm and support the various roles of estrogen within the body.
B vitamins, particularly B2 and B6 are important for the creation and activation of estrogen within the body. Therefore if you are deficient in B vitamins this can also lead to low estrogen levels.
Vitamin D seems to both work in tandem with estrogen in reducing the risk of cardiovascular and bone issues, and be important in the production of estrogen. Post-menopausal women are also advised to take vitamin D as it helps the body absorb calcium which can help to maintain bone health.
Boron is a mineral that the body uses in a variety of ways. It is found in leafy green vegetables, apples, prunes and nuts. Boron has a key role in helping the body metabolize vitamins and minerals and is linked to bone health and levels of testosterone and estrogen in the body.
DHEA is a hormone that is involved in the production of estrogen and is widely available as a supplement. Taking DHEA can have side effects so should be used with caution.
There are a number of herbal remedies that are used to treat symptoms of menopause and PMS. These include evening primrose oil, black cohosh and chasteberry. Many of these remedies have been used for thousands of years and have significant anecdotal evidence to suggest beneficial results. But there is limited scientific evidence to show exactly how they work.
You can take an estrogen supplement - one that is transdermal and is able to go directly into the bloodstream, such as our Estrogen Cream. It's bio-identical and is pH balanced for fast absorption into your system. This is superior to taking supplements orally because those tend to pass through the digestive system without being fully absorbed. Shop DHEA.clinic for estrogen supplements if you think you're in need. As always, please check with your healthcare professional before supplementing any hormones.
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