Progesterone is naturally produced in the male and female body. Its levels are crucial especially for pregnant women. How to increase progesterone naturally?
Symptoms and Causes of Progesterone Paucity
In the female body, the hormone regulates menstruation and provides successful fertilization. Progesterone insufficiency, therefore, will negatively affect the reproductive system and even triggers various diseases such as endometriosis, mastopathy and uterine myoma.
The main symptoms of its deficiency include:
- irritability, irascibility, sharp mood swings, depression, foggy thinking;
- fibrocystic breast disease;
- gallbladder problems;
- early miscarriage;
- aching, brittle nails;
- unrelenting fatigue;
- swelling of the face and limbs;
- irregular periods.
The basic reasons, inducing the hormone’s decline are:
- Physical and emotional stress which leads to high cortisol levels and causes hormonal disruption;
- Bad nutrition;
xenoestrogens, which trick the body into thinking the estrogen level is elevated;
- alcohol and cigarette abuse;
- environmental issues (polluted atmosphere, impure water, radiation).
How to Increase Progesterone Naturally?
Expectant moms are seriously concerned about their hormone levels. They worry about the embryo’s formation and development, muscular ejection of the baby during childbirth and so on.
This hormone is synthesized from cholesterol compounds under the influence of vitamins and some other microelements. In particular, its emission is stimulated by vitamins B, E, and the mineral, Zinc. Arrange a consultation with a nutritionist who will devise the most effective diet for overcoming hormonal failure. Progesterone doesn’t naturally occur in products in its pure form. However, there are foods, in particular, magnesium-rich ones, that facilitate its synthesis.
You should consume more beans, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, dark chocolate, cabbage, tofu, avocado (rich in potassium, vitamin B, monounsaturated fats), fish (salmon, snapper, mahi-mahi / common dolphinfish), oysters, squash, sesame seeds, yoghurt, bananas and wholegrain products containing antinutrient phytate. Use plastic containers with care and never put them in the microwave.
Nutrition must contain enough proteins and amino acids. The best solution to the problem is a proper, nutritionally balanced diet.
The natural way to increase progesterone is achieved by using products containing compounds responsible for the production of the hormone.
To increase the hormone amount in the blood quickly, take synthetic analogues, prescribed by a doctor. A low hormone level can provoke menstruations disorders and other female diseases. Therefore, during this period, a thorough revision of your own diet is highly recommended.
Herbs to Boost Progesterone
Some herbs can imitate the influence of progesterone. Patients can opt for lady’s-mantle (Alchemilla), a tablespoon is sufficient, and a teaspoon of ribwort seeds infused in a glass of water. Physicians recommend taking the liquid three times a day.
Vitex agnus-castus (also called chaste tree, Abraham’s balm, chaste berry, lilac chaste tree and monk’s pepper) also contributes to a rise in progesterone. Vitex Agnus fruits need to be crushed & brewed. Let them draw. Then drink the remedy several times a day. The proportion is two cups of Vitex to one glass of freshly boiled water. Vitex is a science-backed herb, Van Die MD, Burger H, Teede H et al. in their book published by Planta Medica (2013) reported that it increases mid-luteal progesterone. Chelsea N Powers and William N Setzer (University of Alabama in Huntsville, 2015) discussed suggestions that Vitex is a source of 3-ketosteroids with progesteronic activity.
Raspberry leaves plus wild yam tea is also a good remedy. For preparing an infusion, take yams and raspberry leaves (1: 1 ratio) and brew the ingredients in water (200 ml). Park MK, Kwon HY, Ahn WS, Bae S and others (Sejong University, 2019) revealed that wild yam extract has a weak phytoestrogenic action and stimulates progesterone receptors dumping proliferation in human breast carcinoma MCF-7 cells.
Often, the hormone amount gets lower because of disorders of the thyroid gland. In the case of such dysfunctions, you can use Rhodiola (rodiola) extract. The infusions, based on such herbal compounds, are most effectual in the second phase of the menstrual cycle. Remember, that usage of any folk remedies should be approved by your physician. Don’t resort to self-treatment, it will only harm your health.
In addition to correction of the diet and using herbal compounds, there are other tactics by which a woman can enhance the natural progesterone inside her body. They include:
Maintaining a normal weight. In cases of excess kilos or obesity, the female body produces more estrogens than usual. This creates an imbalance in progesterone although normal weight doesn’t necessarily mean that the synthesis of progesterone will be adequate. However, your hormonal background will be more balanced.
Lowering stress levels. Stress provokes a significant release of stress hormones, cortisone and cortisol in the blood. The most effective methods to eliminate and reduce stress include meditative practices (Kundalini yoga, Zen or Zazen meditation, transcendental meditation, Vipassana, Mantra, Qigong, and Sufi techniques), writing down your thoughts, reading, listening to music and moderate exercise.
Rest after physical exertion. Physical activity reduces stress levels, and training helps in maintaining a healthy weight. However, overtraining can be as damaging as too little exercise will accelerate the opposite process – high stress rate, poor progesterone emission.