Hormones play a big role in women’s physical and emotional health throughout life. Your hormones guide you through puberty, menstrual cycles, pregnancy, lactation, breast health, and menopause. Progesterone, estrogen, and cortisol are three hormones that steer the journey, and keeping them is critical.
Estrogen: Breast Health
Estrogen is a sex hormone that regulates your menstrual cycle and impacts the health of your breasts and reproductive organs, among other jobs.
The health of your breasts depends on healthy estrogen metabolism. This is where crucifers come in. Crucifers, also known as cruciferous vegetables, include those famously good-for-you vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale, and brussels sprouts. What makes them so healthy is glucosinolates. When digested, glucosinolates turn into compounds like indole-3-carbinol (I3C), diindolylmethane (DIM), and sulforaphane – all of which support healthy estrogen metabolism.
Estrogen and Progesterone: PMS and Menopause
If you’re among the 90 percent of women who experience premenstrual syndrome (PMS) at some point in life, you’re intimately familiar with the bloating, fatigue, food cravings, and mood swings PMS can cause.
Researchers think PMS may be caused in part by the rise in estrogen and progesterone during the week before your menstrual cycle. Therefore, the same hormone-balancing compounds that support breast health – I3C, DIM, calcium d-glucarate and sulforaphane – may also help with PMS.
As you approach menopause, your estrogen and progesterone levels decline. While you adjust to your new normal, you may experience a barrage of uncomfortable menopause symptoms. The herbs black cohosh and dong quai may help with hot flashes, night sweats, and other menopause discomforts.
Cortisol: Adrenal Fatigue
Do you wake up in the middle of the night, experience low mood, feel tired in the middle of the day, have difficulty dealing with everyday stress, crave sweet or salty foods, feel chilly, or lack sexual desire? You could be experiencing adrenal fatigue.
Your adrenal glands help your body regulate the release of stress hormones such as cortisol. If you are constantly under stress (and who isn’t these days?), your adrenals can burn out, causing a dramatic decline in cortisol production. Herbs such as rhodiola and eleuthero can help counter adrenal fatigue and restore your foundational energy.
Our Pick: Natural Factors’ WomenSense® line includes three products to support women’s health by keeping your hormones in balance.
- EstroSense® harnesses the power of calcium d-glucarate, I3C, DIM, and sulforaphane, along with other key herbs, to promote healthy estrogen metabolism and support healthy hormonal balance during PMS and menopause.
- MenoSense® features dong quai and black cohosh to support women going through menopause by helping ease hot flashes, night sweats, and other discomforts.
- Award-winning AdrenaSense® supports healthy adrenal gland function and restful sleep with adaptogenic herbs such as rhodiola and eleuthero. This is the best stress supplement in your cabinet.
Women, your hormonal balance is in good hands. Menopause, breast health, PMS, and adrenal health supplements for women are at your service.
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