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The Beginners Guide To Hormone Balance Supplements

The Beginners Guide To Hormone Balance Supplements

Did you know that almost half of American women between the ages of 30-60 show signs of hormonal imbalances? [1].

Low mood, water retention, stubborn weight gain, and fatigue can all be signs that you may be experiencing a hormonal imbalance.

While it’s normal for hormone levels to fluctuate naturally at different stages of life, during puberty, pregnancy, the menstrual cycle, and menopause, they can also be affected by environmental and lifestyle factors like stress, refined diets, and birth control pills and endocrine-disrupting chemicals. [2] [3] [4] 

Alongside healthy lifestyle interventions, using natural supplements in the form of vitamins, minerals and herbs can be one of the easiest ways to support hormonal health and restore your zest for life, so we’re here to give you the low down on our top hormone balance formulas!

Remember that supplements are not a treatment or cure for any disease or condition but can help support the body's natural processes.

 

 

Hormonal health 101

 

First things first, hormones are chemical substances that act as “messengers,” allowing your body to function each day. The endocrine system produces them, and even a small change in these essential chemicals can lead to really noticeable and frustrating symptoms. Let's take a closer look at a few of these different types of hormones and their roles in the body. [5]

 

Sex hormones

 

Sex hormones include estrogen, progesterone, and androgens like testosterone. Sex hormone levels change over time, with some of the most significant changes occurring around puberty, pregnancy, and menopause. Sex hormones play an essential role in a range of bodily functions in both men and women, such as:

 

  • Puberty & sexual development
  • Bone health
  • Muscle growth
  • Libido
  • Inflammation
  • Reproduction
  • Body fat distribution

 

Estrogen dominance is an issue that commonly plagues women and may cause symptoms of hormonal imbalance. It occurs when there is excess estrogen or estrogen levels that are too high in relation to progesterone levels. [5] [6] 

 

Stress hormones

 

When your body perceives a threat or stressor, the adrenal glands naturally release stress hormones to initiate your fight or flight response. The primary stress hormone is called cortisol, with the others being adrenaline, epinephrine, and growth hormone. When under chronic stress, cortisol levels can remain consistently high, leading to all manner of physical effects. Many people report low energy and mood symptoms, difficulty sleeping/waking, anxiety, and even stubborn weight gain. [7] [8]

 

Thyroid hormones

 

The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland located in the neck and is an essential organ in the endocrine system. Alongside the pituitary gland, the thyroid gland produces hormones that regulate metabolism, growth, and numerous other functions. It's estimated that about 4.6% of Americans are suffering from clinically low thyroid function (known as hypothyroidism), and many more with subclinical low thyroid function. [9]

 

 

Possible Signs of hormonal imbalance

  • Hormonal acne
  • Mood swings or low mood
  • Weight gain or weight loss
  • Low libido/sex drive 
  • Feeling tired or run down all the time
  • PMS or irregular periods
  • menopausal symptoms
  • Trouble sleeping or never feeling rested in the morning
  • Anxiety or hypersensitivity to stressful events

 

If you check off quite a few of these signs and symptoms, it may be time to give your hormone balance some attention.*

Mother nature has provided us with some effective tools to help fight hormone imbalance and restore equilibrium! 

*Remember to always check in with your primary healthcare provider regarding any new or concerning symptoms.

 

 

Ways that natural products can support a healthy hormone balance

 

Nutrients in essential vitamins and minerals like magnesium, zinc, and B vitamins (particularly vitamin B6, vitamin B12, and folic acid) can help provide the building blocks needed by your body to synthesize hormones.

Amino acids from proteins also play a vital role in hormone production, signaling, and secretion, which is why it’s essential to ensure you’re getting a balanced diet for holistic support. [10] [11] [12] [13] 

Adaptogens are some of the most famous and well-studied herbs known to balance stress hormones. Adptogens provide resilience and rejuvenation, helping the body adapt to stressors.

The incredible thing about adaptogens is their ability to restore balance, whether one struggles with low or high cortisol levels. Managing stress is also essential for thyroid hormone balance since it’s been shown that elevated cortisol can lower the activity of certain thyroid hormones.

Our favorite stress-relieving adaptogen is Ashwagandha, used for thousands of years in Ayurvedic medicine. [14] [15]

Interestingly, natural compounds that boost detoxification can also support healthy hormone levels. It is essential to support the removal of endocrine-disrupting environmental toxins and chemicals from the body (think BPA and parabens!) and promote the elimination of excess hormones like estrogen.

DIM, a natural compound found in cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, can help to support phase 2 detoxification in the liver, which is particularly important for estrogen metabolism! [16] [17]

 

 

Understanding hormone balance supplements

 

 

 

DIM Complex & DIM Gummies

 

DIM, also known as diindolylmethane, is a potent compound derived from cruciferous veggies. This unique compound is the best-kept secret for women’s wellness and hormonal balance by naturally promoting healthy estrogen metabolism.

You can choose between our high potency DIM Complex or delicious DIM Gummies, containing added broccoli extract and Dong Quai.

 

Symptoms that DIM may support:

  • PMS related symptoms
  • Estrogen dominance
  • Sluggish detoxification
  • Oxidative stress
  • Overall hormone balance

 

What does the research say?

Studies have shown that DIM may help promote a healthier ratio of estrogen metabolites in the body while also supporting detoxification pathways to remove excess estrogen from the body for gentle and effective hormonal balance. [18] [19]

 

 

Ashwagandha Root 1300mg & 1950mg

Ashwagandha (Withania Somnifera) root extract mainly supports healthy stress response and thyroid hormone balance to help promote calm, energy, and metabolic wellness.

You can choose from either our high potency Ashwagandha Root: 1300mg or Ashwagandha Root: 1950mg capsules which are standardized to ensure they contain the most bioactive constituents, known as withanolides, for maximum results.

 

Symptoms that Ashwagandha may support:

  • Stress
  • Imbalanced cortisol levels
  • Suboptimal thyroid function
  • Anxiety
  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty falling or staying asleep
  • Low testosterone
  • Poor concentration

 

What does the research say?

A randomized controlled trial found that eight weeks of Ashwagandha supplementation significantly reduced levels of the stress hormone known as cortisol and all other stress assessment scales! [20] 

Another randomized controlled trial examined the effects of Ashwagandha in patients with hypothyroidism (low thyroid function).

After 8 weeks of supplementation, those in the treatment group significantly improved thyroid hormone levels (TSH, T3 & T4) compared to placebo treatment. [21]

Research also shows that Ashwagandha may help support men’s hormone imbalances, possibly by promoting healthy testosterone levels and improving male fertility. [22] [23]

 

 

Ashwagandha Gummy +

 

Our Ashwagandha Gummies are perfect for anyone wanting the amazing stress-relieving effects of Ashwagandha root in the yummiest gummy form with the added health benefits of Zinc and Vitamin D! 

 

Symptoms that Ashwagandha Gummies may support:

  • Stress & anxiety
  • Imbalanced cortisol
  • Suboptimal thyroid function
  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty falling or staying asleep
  • Low mood & immunity
  • Slow wound healing
  • Overall hormone balance

 

What does the research say?

Multiple clinical trials have shown that Ashwagandha may support hormone balance by naturally lowering cortisol levels, stress scores, and anxiety symptoms. [24] [25]

Zinc is an essential mineral for thyroid health, assisting with thyroid hormones' synthesis and mechanism. A randomized controlled trial found that zinc supplementation could significantly improve thyroid hormone levels in patients with hypothyroidism. [26] [27]

 

 

Magnesium Bisglycinate

 

Magnesium is a mineral involved in over 300 enzymatic reactions, including many essential processes that allow your body to produce estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. Not to mention, magnesium may also help to ease uncomfortable PMS symptoms!

Our Magnesium Bisglycinate supplement is fully chelated for enhanced absorption and rapid results.

 

Symptoms that Magnesium Bisglycinate may support:

  • PMS related symptoms
  • Anxiety & stress
  • Muscle cramps & tension
  • Fatigue & weakness
  • Difficulty falling or staying asleep
  • Migraines 

 

What does the research say?

A randomized controlled trial found that when study participants took either a Magnesium or Magnesium + Vitamin B6 supplement, they saw significant improvements in PMS-related symptoms like depression, water retention, and anxiety. [28] 

 

 

Final Thoughts

We hope this article has helped you feel more empowered to take charge of your hormonal health and make the right hormone balance supplement choice to enjoy a more vital, vibrant, and healthier life!

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to our customer advocate team at hello@nutririse.com!

 

Note: This article is for informational purposes only and not intended for use as medical advice. Always consult your healthcare provider before starting any dietary supplement. 

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