The endocrine system is a network of glands in the body that produce hormones. These glands include the thyroid, pituitary, hypothalamus, thymus, pancreas, the ovaries and the adrenal glands. Hormones deliver information from the glands where they’re made to organs and cells throughout the body.
Examples of hormones are testosterone, estrogen, adrenaline, cortisol, glucagon and insulin. Hormones influence almost every bodily function and control blood sugar, appetite, sleep schedule, stress response, energy levels, sex drive and fertility. Your health can be adversely impacted by the smallest of hormonal imbalances.
Hormonal imbalance symptoms
Here are some of the symptoms of hormonal imbalance:
- Memory issues
- Weight gain or loss
- Change in appetite
- Hot flashes
- Urinary tract infections
- Water retention
- Low sex drive
- Sleep issues
- Facial hair
Herbs for balancing hormones
Hormone balancing herbs are a gentle way for treating symptoms such as painful periods, hot flashes, hormonal acne, and other symptoms.
Ashwagandha is a natural adaptogen and is highly regarded herb used in Ayurvedic medicine. Ashwagandha is prescribed by traditional Ayurvedic practitioners for a variety of hormonal disorders.1✅ JOURNAL REFERENCE
Research has found that an ashwagandha root extract significantly reduces serum cortisol levels.2✅ JOURNAL REFERENCE
PMID: 23439798 A chronic imbalance of the cortisol hormone can lead to a variety of endocrine disorders.
2. Chaste tree
Chaste Tree Berry is one of the most famous herbs for hormone balance and has been used for many years as a traditional remedy. It stimulates ovulation and increases progesterone by working on the pituitary gland to increase the luteinizing hormone. It can be used for depressed progesterone levels and/or elevated estrogen levels, and is often used for providing relief from PMS symptoms.
3. Nigella seed extract
The therapeutic effects of nigella seed extract are being investigated as a treatment for individuals with PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome), an abnormal hormone level associated disorder.
Nigella sativa extract also exhibits estrogenic activity, and research indicates the probable beneficial role for Nigella sativa extract for treating postmenopausal symptoms and the possibility of using it as a hormone replacement therapy alternative.5✅ JOURNAL REFERENCE
4. Black cohosh
Kava it is one of the best herbs that balance hormones, and is known for its efficacy for menopausal symptom relief. It has muscle relaxant properties and is effective for alleviating painful periods.
7. Saw palmetto
Saw palmetto can help lower high levels of androgens and prolactin in women with PCOS. Women with PCOS have elevated levels of male sex hormones, which can cause symptoms like irregular or heavy periods, excess body hair, acne, and other symptoms.
An extract of fenugreek has been found to have a significant impact on hormonal balance and sexual dysfunction in young, healthy women. In the study, the fenugreek extract helped balance hormones and improve vaginal dryness, low libido, depression and irritability.9✅ JOURNAL REFERENCE
Vitamins to balance hormones
Sufficient levels of zinc are needed for balancing the thyroid hormones. Zinc is also a necessary trace nutrient for regulating the menstrual cycle.
2. Vitamin D
Vitamin D can help in preventing hormonal imbalances as this vitamin plays an important role in the production and activity of hormones which includes progesterone and estrogen.11✅ JOURNAL REFERENCE
Omega-3 fatty acids are an essential component of cell function and are important for the creation of hormones.
4. Vitamin B12
Balancing hormones with diet
1. Flax seed
Flax seed acts as a phytoestrogen, and adding it to your diet can help regulate estrogen levels. It can regulate hormone levels as it works on the body’s estrogen receptors, helping with high as well as low estrogen levels.
2. Cruciferous vegetables
The compound indole-3-carbinol, which is produced from a substance called glucobrassicin found in cruciferous veggies, can be helpful for metabolizing estrogens.
3. Spearmint tea
Spearmint tea is helpful for people who want to reduce testosterone levels.