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Supplements - Yes or No?

Let's talk about supplements.

This is an expensive topic to talk about. Why? Supplements are marketed heavily for a variety of ailments in a plethora of formulations. It is overwhelming to Google the single best supplement for "sleep," let alone "low progesterone."

The question remains: Is there a magic supplement to fix my #progesterone or #hormone problems? The answer is, unfortunately, NO!

As we have discussed in previous posts, overall wellness is built upon a healthy diet and lifestyle. No cocktail of supplements can out-do this very basic principal. It is the basis for #hormonebalance

While supplements can be useful, they are best taken under the direction of a trained restorative practitioner who can tailor recommendations to fit your needs and weigh possible interactions with medications.

Some supplements that may be useful for progesterone support are vitex, chaste tree, maca, myo-inositol and other “adaptogens” like ashagwanda. However, the supplement cocktail that’s right for each individual should be tailored to the *systemic* imbalances that need support. Taking some supplements every day of your cycle is also not always recommended.

Sometimes, there are imbalances that are hard to correct with diet and lifestyle changes alone. Supplementing progesterone using BIO-IDENITCAL (the same biological structure of progesterone that is made naturally in the body) can help support healthy progesterone levels. 

Commonly, this requires a prescription, and the dose and route of administration is tailored to an individuals’ needs. There are some over the counter options for progesterone creams, but prescription (compounded) formulations are usually most effective. Supplementation should be focused in the luteal phase when progesterone is naturally produced by the corpus luteum.

Long story short: Low progesterone levels are a SYMPTOM of a deeper cause that needs investigation. You can alleviate symptoms of low progesterone by supporting the luteal phase and supplementing with bio-identical progesterone if indicated to achieve normal levels.

(FYI. This is not intended as medical advice).

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