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In today’s fast-paced world where over-medication seems to be the norm, you will find that almost all menopausal women are offered a prescription for synthetic estrogen. But the balancing hormone progesterone is rarely mentioned. And it’s this imbalance between estrogen and progesterone that precisely accounts for the unusual symptoms commonly associated with premenstrual syndrome (PMS).
Elevated levels of estrogen can lead to fluid retention, blood clotting, fibroid and tumor growth, increased blood fat levels, weight gain, allergic reactions, copper retention, loss of zinc, anxiety, irritability, mood swings, food cravings and depression. What most people don’t realize is that there are actually two basic types of estrogens… good estrogens and bad estrogens.
Testosterone is another powerful hormone—for men and women. On average, the adult male body produces about 20 to 30 times the amount of testosterone that an adult female body does. So why do women need to be concerned ab out this sex hormone? In both men and women, testosterone plays a key role in health and well-being. It’s linked to increased libido, energy, immune function and protection against osteoporosis.
But there’s more. Susan Rako, M.D., believes testosterone is as much a woman’s sex hormone as it is a man’s. In her book, The Hormone of Desire: The Truth about Sexuality, Menopause and Testosterone, she argues that the “amount of testosterone, tiny as it is, that a woman’s body is continually producing is an essential amount.” In calling it the hormone of desire, Rako asserts, “testosterone is the hormone most critically implicated in the maintenance of libido, or sexual desire, in women just as it is men.” It’s also important to note that estrogen—the female dominant hormone—is made from testosterone.
Testosterone can also have an impact on your heart. More than 60 years of research links testosterone levels and heart health. Research proves:
- Testosterone is a primary factor in the health of the heart and blood vessels.
- Testosterone levels decline with age beginning around age 25.
- Restoring testosterone, estrogen and other hormones to youthful levels can yield significant health benefits, including protection against the various cardiovascular problems.
How can you naturally balance the levels of hormones as you age? Di-indole methane can greatly improve metabolism of good estrogens by stimulating beneficial estrogen production. At the same time DIM increases the good estrogen metabolites, there is a simultaneous reduction in the levels of bad estrogen metabolites, which include the 16-hydroxy estrogen. The bad estrogen metabolites are fueled by obesity and exposure to many commercial and household chemicals.
To help achieve balanced estrogen and testosterone levels, turn to the powerful nutrient DIM. It’s a natural plant nutrient found in cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower and cabbage. With, you can support healthy sexual function and desire… promote improved cardiovascular function… support healthy prostate function… improve your memory skills… boost your mood… and protect against free radical damage that causes aging.