The ability of the body to break estrogen down in a healthy manner is most clinically promising for people suffering from hormonal imbalances, and poor breast, prostate and uterine health. Certain herbs and nutrients can encourage estrogens in the body to select certain enzymatic pathways that result in break-down products that are actually balancing for hormonal health. As a result, they are cardio-protective, and cancer protective for certain tissues in the body including those found in the breast, prostate and uterus.
The effects can be measured in laboratory testing on urine. When the body produces unhealthy estrogen break down products, they are measured in high levels, while the healthy breakdown products are measured in low levels.
The good news is that research has shown that these levels can be influenced with the proper formula of herbs and nutrients.
Hormone replacement therapy, especially when taken in a natural form, has the ability to enhance health and quality of life for many women facing peri-menopausal and menopausal changes. The health benefits include decreased mortality, increased memory, lower risk of Alzheimer’s and dementia, stronger bones, a decreased incidence of cancerous changes in breast and uterine tissues, and a significant reduction in cardiovascular disease. The quality of life benefits include an increased sense of vitality and well-being, enhanced sexual function, and a decrease in hot flashes, insomnia, mood changes and urinary incontinence. The body’s ability to obtain the health benefits of estrogen, when supplemented, depends upon its ability to break estrogen down in a healthful fashion. Healthy estrogen metabolism ensures this healthful breakdown of estrogen. The consequences of the unhealthful breakdown of estrogen include cancer cell initiation and promotion in estrogen related breast and uterine cancers. Even women that choose not to pursue hormone replacement therapy have much to gain from the use of a formula that enhances hormonal balance at any age. It will help her metabolize the limited estrogen that her body makes on its own into break down products that are quality of life enhancing and cancer and cardio protective.
Many women, starting with their first menses, are unable to metabolize estrogen in a balanced fashion. The unhealthful breakdown of estrogens, resulting in increased levels of a particular type of “bad estrogens,” called 16 Hydroxylated estrogens, is associated with cervical dysplasia. Without conducting a laboratory test, a woman that demonstrates symptoms such as heavy bleeding, cramping, pms, fibrocystic breast changes, uterine fibroids, endometriosis or ovarian cyst formation is obviously suffering from a hormonal imbalance. If the birth control pill was prescribed in order to treat these symptoms, it is simply masking them. This leaves the underlying problem of poorly metabolized estrogens unchanged.
The symptoms of hormonal imbalance listed above can be resolved with the healthy breakdown of estrogens throughout her life. When a woman is looking to treat the cause of her hormonal imbalance, in lieu of simply masking the symptoms, supporting healthy estrogen metabolism (breakdown) in the liver, may be the support her body needs to bring itself to normal. The long-term health benefits of hormonal balance, and the healthful breakdown of estrogens are preventative for estrogen related risks in breast and uterine tissues, cardiovascular disease, and bone density losses.
Physician quality nutritional supplements that dramatically support hormonal health include:
Estro Smart – Herbal and nutritional formula that supports healthy estrogen metabolism and detoxification while supporting overall hormone balance. (This formula has not been researched in combination with birth control hormones and should not be used if pregnancy prevention is a concern.)
Testo Balance – Herbal support for the healthy shifts in testosterone that provide improved quality of life without increasing risk. This product is not shown to increase total testosterone levels, but to support the body in making the best use of what it already has.
Smart Fish – Omega 3 EPA and DHA in a convenient higher dose gel-cap. Documented to be non-toxic and non-rancid (stable)… a very important distinction in the fish oil industry.
Fol Active – The active form of folate (5 methyltetrahydrofolate) necessary for optimal folic acid health when folate status is challenged by genetic variation.
Smart Bones – Comprehensive bone nutrients in a cold-processed formula that preserves organic factors shown to support bone health.
Pro-Collagen – Silica that will not polymerize once taken. This is important so that it may support collagen production for healthy joints, skin, hair, nails and bone.