Progesterone Supplement Facts & Information
Progesterone Supplement Guide:
What is it and where does it come from?
Progesterone is a hormone that is manufactured by the female endocrine system. The corpus luteum secretes progesterone in an attempt to oppose the action of estrogen.
What does it do and what scientific studies give evidence to support this?
Progesterone is critical for supporting a healthy pregnancy and maintaining the estrogen to progesterone ratio.
Progesterone administration has been shown to support healthy joint function by acting as an antiflamatory. It also helps to prevent bloating and water retention. When a woman is menstruating, bloating and water retention are common, and this is because estrogen levels are in a constant state of fluctuation. By supplementing with progesterone, estrogen levels can be balanced, and PMS symptoms may be significantly reduced.
Many new products on the market containing progesterone are topical creams. Some of these creams have been show to be effective at delivering progesterone and causing the body to burn body fat for energy. Progesterone is also effective at moisturizing the skin and restoring to the skin a youthful look.
Progesterone injections have been used for some time as a way to influence and maintain healthy insulin levels. The administration of progesterone in this way has been effective, leading some to speculate that transdermal progesterone creams may elicit similar efficacious effects without having to resort to painful injections.
While progesterone injections can influence insulin levels, clinical research has demonstrated that transdermal administration of progesterone (in the form of a cream) did not elicit any significant effects on insulin function.
Who needs it and what are some symptoms of deficiency?
All women free of medical complication can benefit from progesterone supplementation. Women with suspected or diagnosed medical conditions should consult with a physician prior to supplementing with any product containing progesterone.
How much should be taken? Are there any side effects?
Caution should be exercised with progesterone administration. Progesterone can have sedative-like effects in men and women.
Republished from Clayton South's Health Facts.
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