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Estrogen

 

Most people only know estrogen’s relationships to fertility and menstrual cycles.  In actuality, estrogen has over 400 functions in the body.  It is a necessary hormone for both men and women’s health.

 

 

Functions of Estrogen:

  1. Increases metabolic rate and thus is important in maintainance of  healthy body weight
  2. Improves insulin sensitivity and helps with blood sugar regulation
  3. Regulates body temperature and helps with hot flashes
  4. Helps prevent muscle damage
  5. Helps with sleep
  6. Reduces risk of cataracts and macular degeneration
  7. Helps maintain health of arteries
  8. Decreases risk of osteoporosis and bone fracture
  9. Helps maintain collagen in skin and keep skin beautiful
  10. May decrease blood pressure
  11. Decreases LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and increases HDL (“good”) cholesterol
  12. Helps with memory and concentration
  13. Increases water content of skin and can help decrease wrinkles
  14. May improve mood and help with depression and anxiety
  15. Increases libido and sexual interest
  16. Reduces inflammatory heart markers
  17. May help prevent tooth loss
  18. Aids in neurotransmitter formation and use in brain

 

Signs of Low Estrogen:

  1. Fatigue
  2. Hot Flashes or changes in body temperature
  3. Insomnia
  4. Excessive bone loss or reduced bone density
  5. Loss of skin vitality
  6. Memory and concentration issues
  7. Elevated blood pressure
  8. Elevated inflammatory markers and higher problematic cholesterols
  9. Weight gain
  10. Depression or anxiety

 

Symptoms of Estrogen Excess:

  1. Cervical dysplasia
  2. Agitation or anxiety
  3. Excessive weight gain
  4. Water retention
  5. Headaches
  6. Swollen breasts
  7. Heavy periods
  8. Increased uterine fibroids
  9. Bloating
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