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Ideal progesterone levels are crucial for both men and women

Is made largely by the ovaries in women and a small amount is produced by men in the testicles. In addition, the adrenal glands in both men and women produce progesterone. 

Progesterone benefits

  • Reduces the production of adrenaline by preventing insulin-induced hypoglycemia.
  • Works to stabilize blood sugar and prevent salt retention
  • Helps use fat for energy
  • Improves joint health
  • Protects against breast fibro cysts
  • Prevents PMS
  • Aids the survival and development of the fetus
  • Protects the heart
  • Acts as a natural diuretic
  • Antidepressant and alleviates anxiety
  • Prevents cyclic migraines 
  • Promotes deep sleep
  • Improves thyroid function
  • Helps normalize blood sugar levels
  • Boosts libido
  • Simulates new bone formulation
  • Supports the immune system
  • Prevents auto-immune diseases
  • Help prevent breast cancer
  • Reduces the appearance of liver spots
  • Reduces yeast infections
  • Is very hydrating to the skin in transdermal form

Signs of low levels

  • Adrenaline dominance
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Hostility
  • Bloating
  • Intense headaches
  • Abdominal pain before periods
  • Painful periods
  • Bloating in the face, hands, and feet
  • Excessive lower body and stomach fat
  • More likely to have ovarian cysts and uterine fibroids

Steps to improve Progesterone levels

  • Vitex at 400-800mg helps increase progesterone levels in women and improve the ratio of progesterone to estrogen ratio.
  • Maca helps increase progesterone levels and also lowers excess estrogen. 1-3 teaspoons of gelatinized maca or 600mg of 20:1 extract such as what is in my adrenal energy supplement RED
  • Progesterone cream at 20mg per dosage 3x per day. Morning, afternoon, and before bedtime. For men 10mg 1-3 times per day. Be sure to determine what your levels are before taking an exogenous hormone. 

Reference Range

Men

0.2 to 1.4 ng/ml, median 0.8 ng/ml

Women

Follicular phase 0.2 to 1.5 ng/ml

Ovulation phase 0.8 to 3.0 ng/ml

Luteal phase 1.7 to 27 ng/ml

Postmenopausal phase 0.1 to 0.8 ng/ml

Sources

The Hormone solution, Dr. Thierry Hertoghe

Traumatic Brain Injury, Dr. Mark Gordon

Adrenaline Dominance, Dr. Michael E. Platt

http://totalityofbeing.com/FramelessPages/Articles/natural_progesterone.html 

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