The importance of hormones for aging varies greatly. Each hormone has a very special function in the body. Timely stimulation of the body’s natural hormone production can help you stay young and healthy for longer. Estrogens are important hormones that prevent aging in women. To understand how plant estrogens can maintain vital body functions, some knowledge about the female hormone estrogen is necessary.
Estrogens, female hormones for vital body functions
Estrogens are important female hormones. They are necessary to maintain the health of virtually all body tissues. Estrogens help strengthen bones and thus prevent osteoporosis. They ensure healthy, beautiful, supple skin, normal blood pressure, normal cholesterol levels and the like. They keep the artery walls elastic. They ensure good brain function and a healthy emotional balance. In women, estrogens counteract aging symptoms. Young girls produce a lot of estrogen. Estrogens play a role in the development and function of the sexual organs.
Estrogens, hormone balance and cancer prevention
Estrogens are therefore very important, but what is equally important is that they can ensure a balance in the hormone balance. As has often been indicated in the discussion about cancer prevention, excess estrogen is the basis of many Western civilization diseases, from breast cancer to other cancers and cardiovascular diseases. From around the age of 35, estrogen production generally begins to decline. Administering artificial estrogens can in turn lead to excess estrogen, which carries an increased risk of hormone-related cancers.
Utrogestan: what is it and what is it used for?
The drug Utrogestan is often used in addition to estrogen treatment. Utrogestan contains the active substance progesterone, a female sex hormone from the progestogen group. Progesterone is secreted by the ovaries. It plays an important role in regulating the female menstrual cycle and normal course of pregnancy. The progesterone contained in Utrogestan capsules corresponds in structure to the natural form of the hormone as produced during the female cycle. Depending on the treatment, the Utrogestan capsules are administered through the mouth (oral) or the vagina (vaginal).
Possible side effects Utrogestan
The following side effects may occur with oral administration:
- irregular monthly bleeding;
- tension in the breasts;
- skin rash (hives);
- skin spots;
- stomach and intestinal discomfort such as nausea and vomiting;
- Occasionally, weight gain or change in glucose tolerance.
Possible side effects of Utrogestan when administered vaginally:
- local intolerance (burning sensation, itching or sticky discharge;
- or general side effects such as drowsiness and dizziness.
Vegetable estrogen as a replacement for human estrogen
An alternative to artificial estrogen is plant-based (also called phytoestrogen ). Vegetable estrogen has a thousand times weaker effect than human estrogens. Plant estrogens have been present in our diet for centuries (mainly in fruits and vegetables). They are actually the primitive precursors of human estrogen. The older a woman gets, the more important the role of plant estrogens becomes. Young women produce enough powerful estrogen of their own. They therefore need little vegetable estrogen. But as the production of one’s own estrogen decreases, the phytoestrogen must take over the role of one’s own estrogen. And thus ensure a good estrogen balance.
Where do we find plant estrogens?
Vegetable estrogens are found in a large number of fruits and vegetables. The most common types of plant estrogens are isoflavones and lignans. Not only do they block estrogen receptors to relieve menopausal symptoms, they also inhibit the production of enzymes involved in the growth of cancer cells. Some foods rich in estrogens include:
- green pepper;
- olive oil;
- soy products;
- wheat germ;
- whole rice;
- and carrots.
Hormones aren’t everything
Hormones certainly have a major influence on aging, but not only hormones. Together with other aging factors, they form a complex whole. Successful ‘AntiAging’ must therefore take other factors into consideration in addition to paying attention to hormone balance. Consider, for example, the importance of free radicals and telomeres in cell division. A balanced and healthy diet in combination with useful supplements also has a major impact on staying young. Not to be neglected are also the mental attitude and the condition of the brain.