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Supplements to Balance Hormones

Hormone supplements are substances that are designed to supplement or mimic the actions of hormones in the body.

Hormones are chemical messengers that play a crucial role in regulating various physiological processes, including metabolism, growth, development, mood and reproductive functions.

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What are hormone supplements?

Hormone supplements are used for a variety of purposes, such as managing hormonal imbalances, addressing deficiencies or supporting specific health conditions.

It's important to note that hormone supplementation should only be done under the guidance of a healthcare professional such as your doctor or chosen health practitioner.

Which supplement is best for a hormone imbalance?

Without knowing exactly what the hormone imbalance is, it can be difficult to suggest the perfect supplement to balance hormones out.

The choice of what to take depends on the specific hormones that are imbalanced and the underlying cause of the imbalance. Hormone imbalances can occur for various reasons, including age related changes such as perimenopause and menopause, medical conditions, stress and lifestyle factors.

To fully confirm a hormone balance, you will need to speak to your GP who can then support on what the right course of action is and what supplements might work best for you and your needs.

Vitamin D is essential for hormonal balance and overall health. It plays a role in the production of various hormones, including our insulin and sex hormones. Low Vitamin D levels have been linked to hormonal imbalances, so ensuring an adequate intake through supplements or sunlight exposure may be helpful.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids, found in fish oil supplements or plant based alternatives, may help balance hormones by reducing inflammation and supporting overall health.

These are particularly beneficial for women with hormonal imbalances related to polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) or irregular periods.

Adaptogens like ashwagandha, rhodiola and holy basil are believed to help the body adapt to stress and may have a balancing effect on our stress levels and how much cortisol is in our body.

Not just a botanical ‘nice to have’, these herbs are often used to support the adrenal glands and overall hormonal health so are regularly found in supplements to balance hormones.

Maca root is an adaptogenic herb that is sometimes used to support hormonal balance, and specifically for women experiencing symptoms related to perimenopause or menopause.

DIM is a compound found in leafy greens and vegetables and it’s thought to support hormonal balance, particularly in relation to oestrogen. It may be considered for women with oestrogen dominance or hormone related conditions.

Vitamin B6 is involved in the production of various neurotransmitters and hormones, including our serotonin and our melatonin. Having enough B6 may support hormonal balance and mood regulation and we can ensure we’re getting enough via plant and animal foods, as well as taking a supplement.

Magnesium is involved in numerous processes in the body, including hormone regulation. Some women find that magnesium supplements help alleviate symptoms associated with PMS and menstrual irregularities, and it’s been known to help when reaching perimenopause and menopause.

Vitex is an herbal supplement that has been traditionally used to support hormonal balance, particularly in women with menstrual irregularities, PMS, or other hormonal issues.

Probiotics support gut health, and there is a growing understanding of the connection between gut health and hormonal balance. Maintaining a healthy gut microbiome may positively impact hormonal regulation.

It's important to stress that supplements should not be used as a substitute for a healthy lifestyle and a well balanced diet. If you suspect you have a hormone imbalance, speak to your GP who can help to advise and guide you rather than self diagnosing or taking a supplement that might not be right for you.

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What supplements are best for hormones during pregnancy?

Pregnancy is one of the key times for the body that hormones can take effect and not only do they support the health of a woman but her unborn baby too. Taking a supplement during pregnancy is common, especially one such as Vegan Pregnancy Vitamins and Tablets, as it can ensure you’re getting all the right vitamins and minerals needed for your body and for your baby too.

While individual supplement needs can vary, some key nutrients are particularly important during pregnancy to support any hormonal imbalance and overall wellbeing. Taking prenatal multivitamins is highly recommended from finding out you’re pregnant to giving birth, as these are designed to provide essential vitamins and minerals needed during all three trimesters of pregnancy. They typically contain folic acid or similar, as well as iron, calcium, vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids.

If you’re considering what supplements to take during pregnancy, consult your GP or your midwife who can advise on what is best for you and your needs.

What supplements are best for menopause?

Menopause is a transitional time for women and comes with many changes for their bodies and their health. One way for women to stay on top of their health is to take supplements including Vegan Tablets and Vitamins for Menopause as well as keeping active and having a healthy diet.

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Maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle during menopause can help in this transitional time. Ensuring the body has enough nutrients and vitamins is essential as the body undergoes change and development. Hormone imbalances and being deficient in diet can all have an effect on symptoms, so upping our vitamin and nutrient intake can have huge benefits.

Vitamins that can help through menopause include magnesium, Vitamin A, Vitamins B6 & B12, Vitamin K, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Calcium, Omega 3s and Probiotics.

Supplements can help to regulate hormone levels and ease menopausal symptoms whilst providing your body with key vitamins and minerals that will help support your body as it changes. Vegans can take menopause supplements and menopause tablets to help with hormone balance, which can exacerbate symptoms.

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There is a wide range of vegan supplements that can be helpful during menopause including taking a vegan collagen supplement or a b12 supplement as it can help with managing symptoms such as insomnia and hot flushes. Supplements to support sleep can also be useful in menopause as insomnia and sleep problems are often a common symptom.

If you are concerned about any of your perimenopause or menopause symptoms, then seek help or advice from your doctor. Your doctor can advise on treatments and any support you might need during this transitional period.