Hormones are chemical messengers that help cells to maintain communication within the body. They regulate growth, reproduction, body temperature, metabolism and mood. Hormonal imbalances can also develop, which in turn can cause many problems, including infertility, oxidative stress and endocrine disorders. However, some herbs can be used to help maintain hormone balance.
One such great hormone-balancing herb is black cumin seed, which is extremely rich in antioxidants. These seeds have protective and therapeutic effects in polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). But they also help regulate levels of insulin, testosterone, luteinizing hormone and thyroid hormones. The herb also has estrogenic activity, meaning it works in a similar way to the hormone estrogen in the body. Black cumin seed extract may be a good alternative to hormone replacement therapy during menopause, when the body typically produces less estrogen.
Ashwagandha, also known as Indian ginseng, is an adaptogenic herb that reduces stress levels in the body. One study reported that two months of continuous use of the herb had many positive effects on the lives of the subjects, reducing stress, improving sleep and normalising levels of cortisol, insulin and thyroid hormones.
Clustered polysapex has estrogen-like effects, supports the health of the female reproductive system and reduces the unpleasant symptoms of menopause. It is a phytoestrogen that binds to female oestrogen receptors to compensate and help women get through the often not so pleasant menopause.
Everyone knows about marjoram. The herb is rich in biaoactive compounds, such as flavonoids and phenolic acids, which give this herb its medicinal properties. Marjoram also has an effect on cortisol, oestrogen and insulin levels, and can also help to improve hormonal balance.