It’s no secret that we women are constantly seeking balance in our lives while juggling careers, homes, and families.
As challenging as this is, it can be an even greater battle to keep our hormones, diets, and stress levels in balance.
The negative effects of being out of balance can cause a variety of issues that are harmful to women’s health and happiness.
#1: Hemp (omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids)
Rich in essential fatty acids, hemp is an excellent source of omega-3 and omega-6. These fatty acids can help prevent the risk of endometriosis, which is the presence of uterine tissue outside of the uterus that occurs in menstruating women of reproductive age.
A long-term study of more than 70,000 American nurses found that women who consumed the most omega-3 fatty acids were 22 percent less likely to be diagnosed with endometriosis than those who ate the least. Find a way to enjoy this amazing plant daily. I recommend hemp protein powder in your morning smoothie!
The powerful anti-inflammatory spice curcumin, a major component of turmeric, can be particularly helpful in combatting pain due to fibroids.
Fibroids are benign tumors that grow in the smooth muscle cells of the uterus. The symptom of pain associated with fibroids is often due to widespread inflammation in the uterus.
In 2011, Japanese researchers found that, when taken daily, 2000mg of curcumin can provide potent anti-inflammatory benefits. Sneak this spice into a nice curry dish and enjoy!
#3: Vitex agnus-castus (chasteberry)
Sometimes called “the women’s herb,“ Vitex agnus-castus, or chasteberry, this amazing berry has traditionally been used for fertility issues.
It regulates the pituitary gland, which in turn sends chemical signals to the ovaries promoting ovulation. Pretty powerful stuff for such a little guy!
A study that examined the fertility effects of a vitex herbal extract involved 93 women who had tried unsuccessfully to conceive for up to 36 months. Fifty-three women were given 20 to 40mg per day of the vitex extract and 40 were given a placebo.
After three months, 26 percent of the women given vitex became pregnant compared to 10 percent of the placebo group. A daily supplement is a perfect way to incorporate this into your diet.
#4: Black Cohosh Extract
A great way to aid hormone imbalances associated with menopause is to bring on the black cohosh extract!
This amazing ingredient can provide effective relief for women who are experiencing hot flashes.
In a randomized, double blind study, 304 postmenopausal women were either given 8mg per day of black cohosh extract or a placebo. Researchers found that women given black cohosh extract experienced significant relief of hot flashes.
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A natural supplement called myo-inositol can be an effective treatment for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), which is one of the most common hormonal disorders in women.
In 2007, researchers in Italy studied the effects of myo-inositol on 25 women with irregular menses due to PCOS. The women were given the supplement daily for a timeframe of six months.
Eighty-eight percent of the women who were treated had at least one menstrual cycle, and of these, 72 percent continued ovulating normally. Forty percent of the women also became pregnant.
But wait, there’s more. A 2011 Italian double-blinded study confirmed that myo-inositol decreases testosterone and increases insulin sensitivity, making it useful for the treatment of PCOS.
I love to toss a bit of myo-inositol, in powdered form, into my morning smoothie.
I know that sometimes our hectic lives can result in forgetting about caring for one of the most important things of all – yourself! Using these powerful and natural ingredients can help you to feel healthy, beautiful, and balanced in all areas of your life!
Cynthia Pasquella is known as The Transformational Nutritionist®. She is a clinical nutritionist, spiritual leader, best-selling author, and the founder of the Institute of Transformational Nutrition, as well as co-founder of the award-winning detox program SoCal Cleanse. You can find out more about Cynthia at www.cynthiapasquella.com.