HOW TO GET NATURAL PROGESTERONE
Progesterone is an important female reproductive hormone. It performs various functions in a woman’s body. It is required to regulate menstrual cycle along with estrogen, another important female reproductive system hormone. Progesterone is also required to initiate and maintain pregnancy. Insufficient amount of progesterone may lead to several issues regarding the reproductive health of a woman. Infertility is a common problem amongst women who cannot produce sufficient amount of progesterone. These women are often prescribed progesterone supplements to regulate the menstrual cycle or as a treatment for infertility. Such women can benefit from eating foods with natural progesterone.
Progesterone is naturally secreted by the woman’s ovaries. Every month, it signals the uterus to thicken its lining so that a fertilized egg can implant there. In the absence of fertilization, the uterus sheds its lining, leading to menstrual flow. Progesterone regulates the menstrual cycle by reducing the dominance of estrogen in the body. It also increases the body’s immunity.
Women suffering from Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome benefit from progesterone treatment. Progestin or synthetic progesterone is used to treat menstrual problems such as amenorrhea, abnormal uterine bleeding etc. It is also used for treating endometriosis, loss of appetite and weight loss related to AIDS and cancer. However, synthetic progesterone has numerous side effects, which may hamper your health in the long run. Hence, natural progesterone is preferred over synthetic one for Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT).
Progesterone is essentially an animal hormone. The only food source of progesterone is placenta! Certain animals eat their placenta after birth which gives them the required progesterone surge. Earlier, attempts were made to derive natural progesterone from the placenta of pig. However, this method proved to be very expensive and tedious. Eventually, a progesterone-like substance was found in certain plant sources. Although, this is not progesterone similar to natural one found in humans, it certainly mimics the properties of progesterone inside the body.
The following food sources of progesterone given below contain both animal and plant progesterone;
Eggs – Eggs contain progesterone in abundant amounts. Egg yolk especially is a very rich source of progesterone. Women with progesterone deficiency should definitely eat eggs.
Dairy Products – Dairy products such as milk, cheese made from cow’s milk contain high amounts of progesterone. Cow’s milk is especially rich in progesterone.
Chicken – White meats such as chicken also contain progesterone hormone in small quantity. However, these days, poultry are artificially impregnated with hormones. Consuming such meat may not be the best idea to increase your progesterone levels. We have talked about this issue in one of our Free Health Talks before. Consumption of chicken on it’s own is not dangerous, consuming hormone-grown chickens is.
Note: Be sure that the chicken you are consuming is free-ranged organic, i.e. home-grown organic chicken (local chickens).
Zinc Rich Foods – Red meat, shellfish, turkey can contribute to increasing the levels of progesterone in the body. However, beware of hormone impregnated beef or pork. They will do more harm to you (reproductive) health than good.
Foods With Phyto-Progesterone – Phyto-progesterone can overcome progesterone deficiency in the body and maintain progesterone-estrogen balance. It is found in some of the following sources;
Yam – Yam/wild yam contains certain phytochemicals which act like progesterone when inside the body. However, these yams are not to be confused with sweet potatoes, which are also called yams in some areas.
Vitamin B6 Rich Foods – Foods rich in vitamin B6 such as walnuts, whole grains and fortified cereals, are good sources of phyto progesterone.
The above foods with progesterone in them must be consumed in moderate amounts only. Excess levels of progesterone may disrupt hormonal balance in the body. Menopausal women, women on HRT must eat these foods only after consulting their doctor.
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