Supplements are anything you take because your diet doesnt contain enough of it for normal purposes, because you suffer from a condition that causes you to lose it more quickly than normal, or because you happen to need more of it than normal. Vitamin and mineral supplements are especially common.
The most common supplements are fish/marine oils, multivitamins, vitamin D, Coenzyme Q10, calcium, B vitamins and vitamin C. Lets just look at a few of these.
When we think of calcium, we mostly think of bones. But calcium plays many roles in the body, and is stored in the bones. So if you need more calcium for other purposes, your bones may start to weaken. B vitamins are a whole category by themselves. Taking B5 during periods of stress can help keep your cortisol levels under control. It, along with B6 and B3 and vitamin E, play key roles in the hormone cascade of the adrenal gland.
We think of vitamin C as something you can get enough of with regular helpings of fruit of juice. But a study has shown that 1500 mg of supplemental vitamin C per day helps athletes to bring down their cortisol levels after exercising. Another study shows that 3000 mg of supplemental vitamin C taken after a psychologically stressful event can reduce cortisol levels, feelings of stress and blood pressure levels. In addition, a study published in 2014 found that vitamin C supplements can help patients at high risk of cardiovascular disease by improving the function of the inner lining of the blood vessels.
Before you begin taking hormone supplements, have yourself tested to find out if you need it. Saliva testing is the best way to have this done.
The estrogens are hormones that can be replaced safely. Biest is a hormone treatment that contains estriol and estradiol, while Triest contains estrone as well. There are plant estrogen pills, but they dont work as well and their long-term effects are unknown. Bio-identical progesterone is also safe, and can be taken in pill or cream form.
Other supplements can influence your body in the same way as hormones. Black cohosh can alleviate menopausal symptoms, and may bind to the estrogen receptor. Or they encourage your body to make its own hormones. Chasteberries, for example, stimulate the pituitary gland to make a hormone which in turn helps to make progesterone, and can help relieve PMS symptoms.
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