Hormonal imbalances are very commonplace in modern society.
We are bombarded day to day by:
- Stressors from multiple sources,
- Chemicals including pesticides, cosmetics and pollutants,
- Nutrient deficiencies, poor diets,
- Poor sleep,
- Alcohol consumption
Which naturally will place burden on our bodies complex hormonal balance. Stress alone is shown in studies to elevate Cortisol, which negatively impacts Thyroid function, driving own your Metabolism. It is also demonstrated in studies to increase Estrogen, and lower Testosterone.
Cortisol also hampers our bodies defenses from our environmental burdens, slowing our detoxification pathways. When detoxification is burdened, Estrogen and other primary hormones can no longer be removed from circulation to achieve balance.
The chemical environmental burden further aids this Cortisol in taxing our detox pathways that are crucial for maintaining hormonal balance.
So how do we know if hormonal imbalances may be occurring?
Symptoms of Estrogen related imbalances can include:
- Low mood, irrational mood swings and general anxiety,
- Running on gut feelings of general worrying
- Fluid retention
- Stubborn body fat around lower stomach, lower back and hips, butt and thighs
- Slow thyroid function
- Diagnosis of conditions such as PCOS or Endometriosis
So What is in ESTRO that can help with this?
This amazing herb is renowned for balancing the ratio of Estrogen to Progesterone which is profoundly important for both monthly cycle regularity in women, but also in men, in optimising your androgen ratio.
Vitex is also demonstrated to be amazing with conditions such as PCOS where a prevalence of Androgenic hormones leads to cystic activity in the Ovaries. Vitex can help to moderate the Estrogen to Progesterone ratio in women in studies. This helps immensely with symptoms around such conditions.
Finally, Vitex is an incredibly potent Dopamine agonist, meaning it drastically increases the amount of Dopamine (your feel good, reward based neurotransmitter) in your brain.
This leads to improved mood, memory, focus, and cognition and feelings of reward and positivity. So it is a potent mood support botanical as well as hormonal balancer.
Broccoli Sprout Extract (naturally occurring DIM)
DIM is a beautiful compound that assist the Phase 2 Detoxification of Estrogen metaoblites in the body. This means in simple terms that when your body is trying to balance Estrogen, it does so by detoxifying excess hormone. DIM supports this process, allowing detoxification to occur and balance to be restored.
Curcumin is a potent extract from Turmeric that is renowned for having several useful properties. Firstly, it is demonstrated to lower inflammation and act as a potent anti oxidant.
These two features alone are very helpful for overall well being!
However, it also plays a lesser known role in regulating Hepatic (liver based) Estrogen metabolism. By stimulating and supporting Hepatic Estrogen metabolism, Curcumin supports the actions of DIM and Vitex perfectly in allowing your bodies systems to detoxify as they were designed to!
Lemon Balm and Ashwaganda
These two beautiful plant extracts are so potent at lowering stress and anxiety that they have been referred to in literature as ‘herbal valium’!
This is due to their ability to moderate Cortisol, our bodies stress related hormone, whilst also promoting GABA in the brain. GABA is a neurotransmitter related to feelings of calmness, well being and overall contentment.
This is a perfect addition for ESTRO if hormonal imbalances are expected as almost every hormonal imbalance is accompanied by mood fluctuations!
Ashwaganda at 300mg is also demonstrated to lower Cortisol by 32% in trials. This is important as Cortisol is proven to negatively impact the Androgen ratio in both men and women. In men, it lowers Testosterone and in women Cortisol increases the Estrogen relative to Progesterone. Adding a botanical proven to moderate this Cortisol induced hormonal chaos is a perfect feature of ESTRO.
NAC (N-Acetyl Cysteine) is an antioxidant with numerous potential health benefits. It may help with mood disorders, sleep, infections, and inflammation. It boosts glutathione levels and helps with most states of increased oxidative stress that underlie chronic health problems.
It also supports and repairs liver damage and detoxification.
A healthy liver is one that can detoxify excess hormone efficiently and eliminate toxins from our body to further promote harmony!
Zinc, Iodine, Vit B6 and Methyl B12
These nutrients are crucial in so many functions in the body, but particularly the Thyroid and detoxification.
Iodine is so important for healthy metabolic function and can be so commonly deficient, preventing a robust, speedy Basal Metabolic rate.
Apart from also providing these nutrients that are used in many metabolic pathways, Iodine also assists Thyroid function and Estrogen imbalances often negatively impact thyroid function. Essentially, if your hormones are out of whack, so is your thyroid and Iodine is crucial to this organs function!
The methylated B vitamins are also essential for supporting Phase 2 detoxification allowing hormones to be metabolized and detoxified to restore balance!
Chromium is an essential nutrient in the functions of Insulin and is demonstrated to improve insulin sensitivity quite potently. Insulin resistance is very common in hormonal imbalances and in stressed individuals and leads to a havoc for the body. Insulin resistance is also a key driver for PCOS, as is theorised by the AMA* in recent studies.
So by lowering blood sugar and improving insulin sensitivity, conditions like PCOS that are shown to be linked to Insulin resistance will be greatly assisted by this Mineral.
So how do I use Estro?
Take 2 capsules in AM and 2 in the PM with food.
If significant imbalances are expected, all 4 capsules can be taken in the morning for the first 2-4 weeks.
ESTRO is a 1 month supply (120 caps at 4 per day).