Are you looking for natural products to tackle a hormone imbalance? Do you want to find plant-based supplements or innovative substances that can optimise the health of your endocrine system (pituitary gland, thyroid, adrenal glands, thymus, pancreas, ovaries …)? You’re in the right place. Supersmart offers a choice of the best dietary supplements for supporting hormone health.
There are many problems associated with hormone imbalance (menopausal symptoms, thyroid issues, diabetes, male sexual dysfunction, chronic stress …) but the treatments available rarely live up to the promises made for them. Sufferers are therefore increasingly turning to natural products and dietary supplements. When supported by scientific research, these alternatives can be invaluable: most considered to be ‘hormone precursors’ are likely to stimulate hormone production and help rebalance hormone levels naturally, without causing unwelcome side-effects.
Which natural endocrine health supplements address the most common hormone-related problems?
Hormone dysfunction can often cause endocrine disorders or a variety of symptoms. Here is Supersmart’s list of the most common of these problems and the natural ways of either treating them or of complementing primary treatments.
Hypothyroidism: Hypothyroidism occurs when the thyroid gland, situated below the Adam’s apple, produces insufficient hormones. Prevalence increases with age, with around 10% of over-60s affected. Most people with hypothyroidism need hormone replacement therapy but alternative approaches (selenium, iodine, tiratricol) are also useful, especially for those with borderline conditions.
Other issues that hormone balance supplements can help relieve
Menopause: Part of the natural aging process, the menopause results in decreased estrogen levels, characterised by symptoms such as hot flushes, vaginal dryness and weight gain, as well as over-production of follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH). Several natural products have demonstrated benefits in this area including chasteberry extract, commiphora mukul, withania somnifera, and asparagus racemosus.
Male sexual dysfunction: This may be related to androgen deficiency – a hormonal problem involving decreased production of the androgen hormones (part of the testosterone family) essential for stimulating desire, excitement and erections. In aging, this may also be linked to aromatisation - the conversion of testosterone into estrogen by the enzyme aromatase. Natural products including Tribulus Terrestris, Tongkat Ali and Maca appear to raise testosterone levels, increase libido and promote spermatogenesis, while ginseng may improve erectile dysfunction.