Why Zinc Is My Favorite Supplement for Period Health

zinc for hormonesLooking for a simple solution for period problems? Before you reach for a women’s supplement like chaste tree or natural progesterone, consider the humble mineral zinc.

Zinc is an important nutrient for women’s health and is effective treatment for acne, PCOS, period pain, and many other periods problems.

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Roadmap to Progesterone

How to make more progesterone.Progesterone is beneficial because it lightens periods. It also reduces inflammation, regulates immune function, and supports healthy thyroid, brain, bones, and breasts.

Do you make enough progesterone? Are you sure? The only way to make progesterone is with ovulation and a healthy luteal phase.

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How Soy Affects Hormones and Health

Soy contains phytoestrogens or “plant-estrogens,” which sounds bad but by out-competing estradiol, phytoestrogens can have a beneficial anti-estrogen effect in women of reproductive age.

That’s why soy and other phytoestrogens can make periods lighter and improve estrogen excess symptoms such as PMS and heavy periods. 

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Ovulation Is the Main Event of the Menstrual Cycle

Anovulatory cycles and pill bleeds.A menstrual cycle is, by definition, an ovulatory cycle in which ovulation is the main event and progesterone is made.

Any other kind of bleed is either the breakthrough bleed of an anovulatory cycle or a pill-bleed, which are not real menstrual cycles. 

An ovulatory menstrual cycle consists of a follicular phase and a luteal phase.

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