Progesterone’s most important role in the woman’s body is to balance her hormone levels, by opposing estrogen. Progesterone prevents PMS and menopause symptoms while boosting female libido. Some of the main effects of progesterone vs. estrogen are listed below.
Comparison of effects indicates a perfect balance between progesterone and estrogen. Natural progesterone is essential to counteract the negative effects of estrogen.
Prior to ovulation, the follicular phase of the menstrual cycle, progesterone levels are higher than estrogen levels. After ovulation, the luteal phase of the menstrual cycle, estrogen levels are higher than progesterone levels and continue to climb until hitting the estrogen spike-which sets off menses. After menses estrogen levels pummel and progesterone levels are again higher than estrogen levels. This is the expected or normal rhythm of the female menstrual cycle.
Progesterone deficiency can occur during the follicular phase of the menstrual cycle when estrogen levels are elevated over and above normal, and/or when progesterone levels are lower than normal during this phase of the cycle.
Diet is often a major factor in women suffering progesterone deficiency. A diet high in fatty foods and sugar starves the body of the vitamins and minerals necessary for the ovaries to produce needed progesterone. Lack of exercise and chronic stress have been proven to cause women to produce less than the desired or necessary levels of progesterone.
Low progesterone levels in women result in estrogen dominance, PMS, early perimenopause onset, low libido, excessively heavy bleeding during a period, weight-gain, migraine-like headaches, primary dysmenorrhea or cramps, increases the risk of endometrial cancer.
The condition where a woman has deficient, normal, or excessive estrogen but little or no progesterone to balance its effects in her body. Even a woman with low estrogen levels can suffer from estrogen dominance if she doesn?t have proper levels of progesterone. The causes of estrogen dominance are many and varied.
Progesterone deficiency and estrogen dominance is epidemic among women in industrialized countries.
Perimenopause is neither natural nor inevitable; it has been created by changing lifestyles and the environment. Excess estrogen has led to estrogen dominance; causing hormonal imbalance in women at an ever-earlier age and to a significantly greater degree then has ever been known.
Prior to menopause when estrogen and progesterone levels begin to drop, menstrual cycles become irregular. Doctors now refer to this transitional period as perimenopause. The scientific and empirical evidence leaves no doubt that estrogen dominance induces and speeds the onset of perimenopause. During this transitional period women are subjected to a bewildering number of physical and emotional symptoms, some of which are PMS-like in nature, others more typical of the post-menopausal woman.
PMS can be estrogen dominant or perimenopausal. It all depends on ovulation and menstruation. The symptoms usually subside after menses but each time you enter a cycle of ovulation, the intensity of the symptoms increase as they return. That is the case with classic PMS.
Vitamin B6 reduces blood estrogen and increases progesterone. Therefore, B6 deficiency will cause decreased liver metabolism of estrogen, causing an excess of estrogen, this results in “estrogen dominance.”
Estrogen imbalance effects mood swings by increasing the activity of the biogenic amines, epinephrine, norepinephrine, and serotonin, which affect moods. Epinephrine triggers anxiety. Norepinephrine causes hostility and irritability. Serotonin at high levels creates nervous tension, and inability to concentrate.
Dopamine, produced by the brain, balances out the effects of the biogenic amines by inducing relaxation, increases mental alertness, and works to prevent sodium and water retention.
Without sufficient dopamine, the biogenic amines are not held in check, moods are greatly affected in a negative manner, and sodium and water retention increase.
Estrogen also increases the level of the adrenal hormone aldosterone, which prevents the normal excretion of salt from the kidneys, adding to fluid retention. This creates edema-like symptoms of bloating, abdominal swelling, and swollen breasts.
Excess fluid swells the nerve tissue and membranes surrounding the brain. The brain is encased within the skull, and can only expand as far as the skull permits. This leads to torturous migraine headaches that are often described as “vise-like.”
Magnesium deficiency causes a very specific depletion of brain dopamine and B6 plays a synergistic role in mineral utilization across cell membranes, increasing the effectiveness of magnesium.
American women are so deficient in vitamin B6 that it was discovered back in the early 1940’s. The process of refining flour eliminates the B vitamins altogether, B6 is destroyed in cooking and canning, and when foods are packaged. Pregnancy and birth-control pills also cause a B6 deficiency.
To prevent “estrogen dominance” and its negative influence on moods and fluid retention, increased intake of B vitamins and magnesium is absolutely essential.
The minimum recommended dosage of Ultravite™ provides the woman with the necessary blood levels to prevent B6 deficiency. Women with severe B6 deficiency, which may be as high as 70% of all women, need only increase their daily dosage of Ultravite™.
Ultravite™ is an all-natural multi-mineral, multi-vitamin supplement specifically formulated to relieve and prevent the symptoms of PMS that the stress of modern day has brought on.
Within one month of taking Ultravite™, PMS symptoms will decrease. Due to the synergistic effect of Utraviteä, there is a progressive decrease in the number of symptoms and their intensity on a month to month basis. Maximum relief is achieved after three to four consecutive menstrual cycles of taking Ultravite.
Two (2) caplets twice a day, a total of four (4) caplets a day preceding ovulation or until your symptoms begin.
After your ovulation or once you start experiencing symptoms, increase the recommended dosage to two caplets three times a day. Never take more than six caplets a day to avoid side effects. After menstruation, if you don’t feel the symptoms anymore, you can freely reduce back to the recommended dosage. Mind your diet during the process.