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The importance of optimal estrogen levels for men and women

Optimal estrogen levels are very important for mood, bone health, sex drive and function in both men and women 

Benefits of optimal levels 

  • Keeps skin smooth and unwrinkled 
  • Prevents excessive hair growth 
  • Keeps the vagina moist 
  • Improves sexual desire 
  • Improves physical endurance 
  • Improves mood 
  • Keeps the eyes and mouth moist 
  • Increases happiness, enthusiasm, and zeal for life 
  • Helps prevent depression 
  • Prevents menstruation related migraines 
  • Reduces the risk of heart disease 
  • Helps prevent osteoporosis 
  • Improves brain health 
  • Improves joint health 
  • Supports a healthy immune system. 

Symptoms of estrogen dominance for women 

  • Bloating and unexplained weight gain 
  • Swelling and tenderness in your breasts 
  • Fibrocystic lumps in your breasts, or breast cancer 
  • Decreased sex drive 
  • Irregular menstrual periods 
  • Increases symptoms of PMS 
  • Mood swings (irritability, depression, anxiety) 
  • Headaches 
  • Excessive acne 

Symptoms of estrogen dominance for men 

  • Mood swings 
  • Acne 
  • Poor sex drive and function 
  • Excess body fat in the pecs, stomach, and lower body  
  • Difficulty building muscle 
  • Difficulty losing stubborn fat 

Symptoms of low Estrogen for women 

  • Sex is painful due to lack of vaginal lubrication 
  • Increased urinary tract infections 
  • Irregular or absent periods 
  • Mood swings 
  • Hot Flashes 
  • Breast tenderness 
  • Headaches 
  • Depression 
  • Feelings of being discouraged 
  • Hair loss on the top of the head 
  • Wrinkles around the eyes and mouth 
  • Breasts will shrink or sag 
  • Loss of curves (Increase in estrone which takes away fat from the hips and moves to the stomach) 
  • Vaginal dryness 
  • Low sex drive and no desire to love 
  • Excessive fatigue 

Symptoms of low Estrogen for men 

  • Abysmal sex drive and function 
  • Joint pain 
  • Depression 
  • Fatigue 
  • Shrinkage (No not referring to laundry) 

Improving estrogen balance 

  • EC contains ingredients that block the conversion of testosterone to estrogen and improve the ratio of good to bad estrogens. Supports liver health and liver detox as well. EC info here
  • Consume turmeric, green tea, cruciferous vegetables, vegetables, flaxseeds, hemp seeds, 
  • DIM improves the ratio of good to bad estrogens after testosterone has been converted to estrogen. It does not lower overall estrogen effectively and is not an ideal estrogen blocker. 
  • Calcium D-glucarate helps the liver clear out toxins and excess estrogens and mitigates reabsorption. 200mg to 500mg at bedtime. 
  • Kelp is high in iodine and helps improve levels of estriol the safest and healthiest estrogen 
  • Progesterone helps balance estrogen levels and addresses estrogen dominance
  • Vitex is useful for women with PMS symptoms as it increases progesterone helps lower excess estrogen 
  • Alcohol consumption converts testosterone into estrogen 
  • Too much coffee increases harmful estrogen metabolites 4 and 16 hydroxyestrone. Avoid consuming more than five cups per day. 
  • Take 1-6mg of melatonin before bedtime to lower night time production of estrone 

Reference Ranges

Estradiol 

Men 

7.6 to 42.6 pg/ml, ideal is 20-30 pg/ml 

Women 

Follicular phase 12.5 to 166 pg/ml 

Ovulation phase 85.8 to 498 pg/ml 

Luteal phase 43.8 to 211 pg/ml 

Post menopause 5.0 to 54.7 pg/ml 

Estrone 

Men 

less than 60pg/ml 

Women 

less than 200pg/ml 

Sources 

Dr. Nick Delgado lecture on estrogen dominance

The Hormone solution, Dr. Thierry Hertoghe

Traumatic Brain Injury, Dr. Mark Gordon

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