What is progesterone used for?

Progesterone is produced in high amounts in females by the Ovaries.

 It is also produced in smaller amounts by the adrenal glands both males and females

Progesterone is a surprisingly beneficial hormone for women’s health. However, its production decreases progressively from age 30 but especially after the age of 40.

This hormone has action in various tissues, such as the breasts and uterus. Thus, it is essential for reproduction and a healthy menstrual cycle.

It also acts in the brain, immune system and is important for the production of enzymes that detoxify the body. Increases energy by stimulating the thyroid and metabolism.

This is why a woman’s body temperature rises by half a degree when she produces progesterone after ovulation.

The hormone also stabilizes the communication between the hypothalamus and the adrenal glands, calms the mood, relieves anxiety and ensures good hours of sleep.

Aesthetics are also benefited when progesterone production is good. Hair and skin are more beautiful, less oily. Women with progesterone deficiency have more hair loss and acne.

Progesterone also reduces inflammation in a woman’s body, reducing abdominal pain, cramps and migraines. Keeps bones strong and muscles in good tone, protects against breast and uterine cancer.

Endometriosis and fibroids become common as progesterone drops.

Blood Optimal levels of Progesterone should be above 10 ng/mL

The Possible Causes of low Progesterone levels are:

  • Impaired production
  • Age
  • Low luteinizing hormone (LH)
  • Increased prolactin production
  • Stress
  • Antidepressants
  • Sugar
  • Saturated fat
  • Deficiency of vitamins A, B6, C, zinc
  • Decreased thyroid hormone

Proper nutrition, supplementation and Acupuncture can help improve progesterone production. 

Add  foods like leaf greens, flaxseeds, sesame seeds, cruciferous vegetables, tahini, pumpkin, fish, beans, citrus fruits for helping with your progesterone levels.

Bibliographic References: 

Wohlgemuth KJ, Arieta LR, Brewer GJ, Hoselton AL, Gould LM, Smith-Ryan AE. Sex differences and considerations for female specific nutritional strategies: a narrative review. J Int Soc Sports Nutr. 2021 Apr 1;18(1):27. doi: 10.1186/s12970-021-00422-8. PMID: 33794937; PMCID: PMC8015182.

Nutritional aspects related to the menstrual cycle

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How nutrition can help your menstrual cycle – Vida Simples

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