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Hormones

Estrogens

  • Estrogen refers to a group of similar hormones produced in the body.
  • The main three are estrone, estradiol, and estriol.
  • Estradiol is produced mainly by the ovaries and, of the three; it is most stimulating to the breast tissue.
  • Estrone is most prevalent after menopause, and is produced by conversion of adrenal DHEA in fat cells. It is also formed from the conversion from estradiol.
  • Estriol is produced in large quantities in pregnancy and is also the main circulating estrogen in young women according to research by Dr. Jonathan Wright.
  • Estriol is made from estrone and estradiol and is less stimulating.
  • Estrogens are helpful in relieving hot flashes as well as helping the urinary tract, breasts, skin, blood vessels, and keeping the uterus toned and flexible.
  • Estrogens may slow the development of osteoporosis by slowing down the rate of bone loss.
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Progesterone

  • Progesterone is primarily produced by the corpus luteum in the ovary just prior to and after ovulation.
  • It is also produced in large quantities by the placenta during pregnancy, while produced all the time by the adrenal glands.
  • Progesterone may enhance estrogen activity while also moderating symptoms of estrogen excess such as water retention, fat accumulation, uterine bleeding, and mood swings.
  • Progesterone helps promote thyroid activity, and may also stimulate cells (osteoblasts) necessary for bone building.
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Testosterone

  • Testosterone in men is mainly produced by the testicles, and in smaller quantities by the adrenal glands.
  • In women, testosterone is produced in both the ovaries and the adrenal glands.
  • In both men and women, testosterone may be helpful for increasing sex drive, energy, and muscle strength.
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DHEA

  • DHEA is made by the adrenal glands. Once DHEA enters the cells, it may be converted to testosterone, and estrogens.
  • DHEA enhances the immune system to help protect against infection, injury, and illness.
  • DHEA may also be helpful in enhancing energy and muscle strength.
  • DHEA may be beneficial in treating autoimmune disorders such as Crohn's, lupus, multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, and rheumatoid arthritis.
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Pregnenolone

  • Pregnenolone is produced in the adrenal glands.
  • It is also produced in the brain, liver, ovaries, testicles, and myelin sheath.
  • Other hormones such as DHEA, cortisol, progesterone, testosterone, and estrogens are made from pregnenolone.
  • Pregnenolone may enhance mood, energy, and memory
  • Pregnenolone may be helpful for individuals dealing with autoimmune disorders, chronic fatigue, and depression.
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Thyroid

  • Thyroid refers to a group of hormones produced in the body.
  • The two main thyroid hormones are thyroxine or T4, and triiodothyronine or T3.
  • T4 is produced by the thyroid gland. It is the inactive thyroid hormone in the body.
  • T3 is produced by the thyroid gland and in the brain and liver via the conversion of T4. It is the active thyroid hormone in the body.
  • Thyroid hormones are involved in regulating the body's metabolism, increasing energy, and regulating the menstrual cycle.
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Hydrocortisone

  • Hydrocortisone is produced by the adrenal glands.
  • Hydrocortisone helps boost the immune system to assist in recovery from infections, illness, or stress.
  • Hydrocortisone may be beneficial in treating autoimmune disorders such as Crohn's, multiple sclerosis, lupus, fibromyalgia, and rheumatoid arthritis.
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