Are your hormones out of whack? Have you been diagnosed with having a hormone imbalance? If you have stubborn belly fat or your weight is just uncontrollable, even with a plant based diet, your hormones may need some attention. (*Remember to seek medical advice and diagnosing from your health care provider.)
Natural herbs and foods that help balance hormones are everywhere. Here’s a comprehensive list to choose your natural method of healing from:
1. Vitex or Chaste Tree: The most popular herbal remedy for premenstrual syndrome (PMS). It does not supply hormones but acts directly on the hypothalamus and pituitary glands. Vitex increases luteinizing hormone (LH) and modulates prolactin, resulting in a balance of estrogen and progesterone levels.
2. Maca: Maca root has been shown to be beneficial for all sorts of hormonal problems including PMS, menopause, and hot flashes. It is also a fertility enhancer and is best known for improving libido and sexual function, especially in men.
3. Red Raspberry Leaf: Raspberry leaf has historically been used to strengthen uterine muscles, and there’s some scientific evidence to back the claim that the herb can have a powerful effect on hormones.
4. Shatavari: Shatavari is a well known herb in the management of women’s hormonal health fertility and pregnancy.
5. Milk Thistle: Milk Thistle (Silybum marianum) supports hormonal balance
6. Barrenwort: Improved circulation can deliver more growth and repair hormones.
7. Puncture Vine: Significant in improving hot flashes, sweating, depression, insomnia and anxiety.
8. American Ginseng: Supports the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, helping maintain correct hormonal balance. However, it does not overstimulate the endocrine system.
9. Suma Root: In North American herbal medicine, suma root is used as an adaptogenic and regenerative tonic regulating many systems of the body; as an immunostimulant; to treat exhaustion and chronic fatigue, impotence, arthritis, anemia, diabetes, cancer, tumors, mononucleosis, high blood pressure, PMS, menopause, and hormonal imbalances.
10. Black Cohosh: Black cohosh root seems to have some effects similar to the female hormone, estrogen. In some parts of the body, black cohosh might increase the effects of estrogen. It is more accurate to think of it as an herb that acts similar to estrogen in some people.
11. Saw Palmetto: Saw palmetto is of significance to both men and women because it has an effect on estrogen. Saw palmetto has the ability to block the overproduction of testosterone.
12. Ashwagandha: Ashwagandha, also known as Withania somnifera, is a popular herb used in Ayurveda, for medicinal purposes. It helps in balancing the hormones as it acts as an adaptogen and reduces cortisol.
13. Dong Quai: Dong Quai has been used for centuries by Asian healers to promote balance of female hormones and emotional health during menopause and perimenopause.
13. Rhodiola: Rhodiola has a calming effect on our body and mental state because of an ability to reduce cortisol, one of our major stress hormones.
14. Red Clover: Some women use red clover for symptoms of menopause such as hot flashes; for breast pain or tenderness (mastalgia); and for premenstrual syndrome (PMS).
15. Kudzu: Kudzu possesses plant steroid hormones called phytoestrogens that are very similar to the estrogen post-menopausal women are deficient in.
16. Wild Yam: Offering women a way to safely and naturally support hormonal balance and manage symptoms of Menopause, Perimenopause and PMS.
17. Oatstraw: The abundance of calcium, magnesium and silica in oatstraw make it extremely beneficial to regulate blood sugar levels and hormone production.
18. Goji Berries: Goji berry benefits include fighting disease and balancing yin and restoring hormonal health.
19. Astragalus: Adaptogenic herbs like astragalus help the body maintain hormonal balance by making it more adaptive to stress.
20. Longan Fruit: This herb cleanses the blood, harmonizes hormones and enriches the skin.
21. Cacao: Contains substances that are used in the brain to create the hormones that are responsible for euphoria and happiness.
22. Pau D’Arco: This powerful herb has a beneficial effect on the entire body and assists in detoxifying the blood of toxic substances. It also helps to balance hormone levels (especially estrogen).
23. White Peony Root: White Peony promotes circulation to the reproductive organs which helps to reduce uterine stagnation, ovarian cysts and painful menstruation.
24. Lotus Seed: Lotus seeds have astringent properties that have specific benefits to the kidneys, helping to restore vital energy within the body.
25. Chinese Red Dates: Promotes the healthy development of bones, muscles, skin, hair, enzymes, hormones.
26. Black Sesame Seeds: Sesame seeds and sunflower seeds support the natural balance and production of hormones in the body.
27. Reishi Mushrooms: Reishi mushrooms or ganoderma lucidum have been shown to help lower testosterone levels ad are considered an anti-androgen. A study in 2006 showed that ganoderma contains oils called triterpenoids which can reduce the production of 5-alpha-reductase, a hormone that can increase testosterone production!
28. Blue Green Algae: Many of these substance found in blue-green algae are the substances needed to regulate and synthesize important biological hormones.
29. Evening Primrose: Important for regulating hormones, improving nerve function, and have a balancing hormone effect that contributes to a healthy reproductive system and nervous system.
30. Turmeric: This spice assists in alleviating symptoms of imbalanced hormones such as breakouts, depression, menstrual cramps, and irregular periods.