Male Hormone Balance

Therapies for Andropause

Eight in ten family physicians today recognize male andropause as a real change of life for men comparable to female menopause. Symptoms to watch for include: low energy; slowing facial or head hair growth; less muscle mass; lost height or early osteoporosis; enlarged prostate; depression; less strong or less frequent erections; lower than normal sex drive.

Diet for Ageless Male Vitality

1. Reduce fried foods, red meats and fatty dairy foods: they’re full of disrupting hormones linked to cancer; reduce caffeine and sugar — all of which deplete the adrenals and drain male energy. 2. Don’t go too far: An extremely low fat diet is disastrous for andropausal health. Penn State University studies find it may reduce testosterone levels… almost to preadolescent levels—definitely bad news for an older man! Include healthy fats from seafood and fish, and lean meats such as hormone-free turkey and chicken regularly. Consider flax seed or perilla oil as a healthy oil to use in salad dressings. (Use about 1 tbsp.) 3. Use your diet to prevent prostate cancer: Include cruciferous veggies like broccoli and cauliflower regularly. In one study, men who ate the most cruciferous veggies lowered their prostate cancer risk by 39%. The determining factor may be high 13C (indole 3 carbinol) in cruciferous veggies which helps detoxify carcinogens in the body. Diets high in lycopene, a carotenoid high in tomatoes, cut prostate cancer risk by 40%, so include tomatoes and tomato-based products often (cooking boosts the carotene). 4. Boost your zinc intake to renew sexual potency: Zinc, highly concentrated in semen, is the most important nutrient for male sexual function. Eat zinc-rich foods like liver, oysters, nutritional yeast, nuts and seeds regularly. Add zinc-rich spirulina to your superfood list. 5. Check your alcohol intake: Heavy drinking can lead to prostate problems and impaired erections. DHT elevation (di-hydro-testosterone - a rogue type of testosterone), linked to normal testosterone decline and elevation of female hormones, is definitely undesirable for men. 6. Take care of your prostate: Research documented in the Quarterly Review of Natural Medicine finds saw palmetto reduces the symptoms of BPH by blocking DHT (di-hydro-testosterone), and inhibiting the enzyme 5-alpha reductase related to prostate enlargement. Consider Healthy Prostate7. Revitalize your sexual virility: Try the herb tribulus terrestris or Epimedium (horny goat weed). An Ayurvedic herb, tribulus has been used since ancient times as a treatment for increasing libido and impotence in men. As an alternative, Male Performance caps have a long history of success for strengthening the male system. 8. Regular exercise is a vital component of male health: It makes the body stronger, function more efficiently and have greater stamina. In one study, 78 healthy, but sedentary men were studied during nine months of regular exercise. The men exercised for 60 minutes a day, three days a week. Every man in the study reported significantly enhanced sexuality, including increased frequency, performance and satisfaction. Rising sexuality was even correlated with the degree of fitness improvement. The more physical fitness the men were able to attain, the better their sex life!

To Life-long health,

Linda Page

November Herb of the Month- Evening Primrose

Evening primrose- Oenothera biennis Today’s common uses: Evening primrose GLA (gamma linolenic acid) positively affects sex hormone response and balance. It should be a key part of any hormone program to control PMS, menopausal problems, infertility, and prostate problems for men. It also prevents hardening of the arteries and lowers cholesterol. A primary herb for skin beauty, hair loss and soothing breast soreness. An excellent preventive remedy for hangovers and cell damage from drugs and alcohol. As an EFA source, evening primrose helps even serious degenerative diseases like M.S. and muscular dystrophy. GLA from evening primrose is important for increasing prostaglandin production to treat many problems caused by low essential fatty acids: eczema, fibocystic breast pain, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetic neuropathy (nerve damage of legs, feet, arms and hands of long-term diabetics). Traditional Herbal Medicine uses: Native Americans used it for digestive problems, coughs and sore throats and wounds, and as a staple food. They made a tea from the roots for obesity and bowel problems.

Common doses: 2 to 3 500mg gelcaps daily for hormone problems; 2 caps daily for EFA related problems.

Key compounds: A GLA (gamma linoleic acid) rich herb to enhance prostaglandin balance which helps regulate blood clotting, decrease inflammation, stimulate hormone production, and regulate PMS-related water retention. The oil has 74 percent linolenic acid (LA) and 8-10 percent gamma linolenic acid (GLA).  High in tryptophan, to promote healthy sleep patterns.

Can be taken during pregnancy precisely because the body requires more essential fatty acids during that time.

Works in synergy with: 1) for PMS and cramping, combine with dong quai and vitex. 2) Or Try Evening Primrose Pearls.

Note: There are a number of GLA rich herbs available - borage seed, black currant, arugula, sea weed, ginger are all worthy sources, but in my experience, Evening Primrose oil, is by far the most effective for hormone related problems for both men and women.

-Sarah

All About Male Hormone Problems

I've been talking a lot about women's health issues lately, and my male clients are starting to ask: "What about men? Are male hormone problems prevalent? If so, what can be done to help?" Today's blog post addresses male hormone issues, and the signs to watch for that you might be affected Did you know low testosterone affects an astounding 1,000,000 American men? Yet in a recent survey, 68% of men cannot name a single symptom caused by low testosterone. Only 15% named low sex drive as a symptom of low testosterone; 6% named fatigue; 3% named a decrease in muscle mass; and less than 1% linked low testosterone to men’s osteoporosis. Clearly, many men are in the dark about how hormone imbalances affect their health.

Men’s hormone changes have been much less publicized and researched than women’s, but hormone disruption is as much a part of a man’s life as it is a woman’s. Some men are more attuned to their hormonal fluctuations than others. Some report clear monthly changes in their energy levels, mood, work and sports performance. Blood levels of testosterone fluctuate at different times in life- from 250 to 1,200 nanograms, and these changes affect a man’s performance, mood and sexuality.

While a man’s hormone fluctuations are less dramatic than a woman’s, testosterone levels start to decline around age 40, falling up to 10% each decade. This phenomenon called “andropause” is now recognized by almost eight in ten family physicians as a real condition that affects quality of life for men. Doctors are becoming increasingly interested in TRT (testosterone replacement therapy) for andropausal men, but I find most men benefit more from a lifestyle program emphasizing natural foods, bodywork therapies and supportive herbs and supplements designed to meet their changing needs.

If you're a man, here are a few signs your hormones may be out of balance:

• You have prostate pain and inflammation with poor urinary control. • A pouchy stomach with poor abdominal tone. • Reduced sex drive and/or impotence. •Low energy, unexplained fatigue or moodiness. •Premature balding or hair loss. •Loss of muscle mass or bone loss (osteoporosis).

What Causes Male Hormone Problems?

1) Synthetic steroid use. 2) Chronic stress, which leads to adrenal exhaustion (the adrenal glands produce most hormones). 3) Severe dieting, serious body building, surgery or long illness. 4) Poor diet with nutrient deficiencies (especially protein, calcium and iodine deficiency), low B Complex or EFAs. 5) Heavy alcohol use or prescription drug use. 6) Excess exposure to hormone disrupters in the environment. 7) Having a vasectomy can be involved in some men.

To Life-long health,

Linda Page