Phytoestrogens Are Not Estrogen

Phytoestrogens are a special group of phytonutrients that occur naturally in most plant foods. The two major classes are isoflavones in soy, and lignans in seeds, whole grains, legumes, fruits, and vegetables.

They’re called phytoestrogens because they interact with estrogen receptors but they’re not estrogen. In fact, they bind so weakly to estrogen receptors that they effectively block estradiol and are therefore better classified as ANTI-estrogen.

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Why Progesterone Is Both Good and Bad for Mood (and How to Treat PMDD)

mood effects of progesteroneIs progesterone good for mood? Progesterone calms the brain and promotes sleep. At the same time, progesterone seems to play a role in the mood symptoms of premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD).

How can both things be true? The short answer is that progesterone is usually good for mood but can sometimes be bad.

Keep reading for the longer answer about progesterone and mood.

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Diet and Progesterone for Heavy Periods

heavy periodsNatural progesterone can work for heavy or flooding periods but you also need to consider the underlying cause of your heavy periods.

There are three main causes of heavy periods: low progesterone or “unopposed” estrogen, endometriosis or adenomyosis, and thyroid disease.

Let’s look at each cause (and possible treatments) and then I’ll provide the top five general ways to lighten menstrual flow, including natural progesterone.

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Rescue Prescription for Menopause and Perimenopause

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Perimenopause is the two to twelve years before menopause. It can cause heavy periods, mood swings, insomnia, and night sweats.

Menopause is the life phase that begins one year after the last period. It can cause hot flushes, weight gain, and insomnia.

Perimenopausal and menopausal symptoms can be relieved by natural treatments such as magnesium, taurine, progesterone, and transdermal estrogen.

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