Estrogen dominance is a health disorder with an increasing significance in recent years due to the synthetic estrogens found in a variety of products, such as pesticides, plastics and hormone-injected meats and dairy. According to William Wong, a naturopathic doctor based in Texas, the environmental estrogen overload can impact the sexual processes in women and men, which may increase incidences of disorders such as uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts, endometriosis and low sperm count. Natural supplements can help reduce estrogen levels and should be discussed with a qualified physician.
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Vitex is an herb known for its ability to balance female hormones. Maintaining a healthy ratio of progesterone to estrogen is important for female reproductive function, and vitex acts to regulate the levels, which can support fertility and menstruation, according to "The Herb Companion." For example, vitex is known to successfully treat premenstrual syndrome, which may be caused by the overabundance of estrogen. The recommended dose of vitex is 20 drops of the tincture, taken three times per day. Results may be seen as early as 10 days after treatment begins, but taking the herb for up to six months is recommended for full benefits, according to Holistic Online 3.
- Vitex is an herb known for its ability to balance female hormones.
- Maintaining a healthy ratio of progesterone to estrogen is important for female reproductive function, and vitex acts to regulate the levels, which can support fertility and menstruation, according to "The Herb Companion."
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Maca is an herb native to Peru that decreases estrogen and increases fertility for both women and men, according to "The Herb Companion." The herb is an adaptogen, which means it corrects imbalances and tonifies the body's hormonal system. The recommended dose for maca is 500 to 1,000 mg, taken three times per day.
- Maca is an herb native to Peru that decreases estrogen and increases fertility for both women and men, according to "The Herb Companion."
Calcium glucarate is a chelated compound that combines calcium and glucaric acid, according to the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center 2. Glucaric acid improves the rate of excretion of estrogen from the body. Glucaric acid can be taken as a supplement and is also a phytochemical found in fruits and vegetables such as apples, broccoli, Brussels sprouts and grapefruit.
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- The Herb Companion: Infertility: Improving the Odds
- Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center: Calcium Glucarate
- Holistic Online: Chaste Berry
- Natural Standard. Natural Standard Herb & Supplement Guide - E-Book An Evidence-Based Reference. St Louis: Elsevier Health Sciences; 2016.
- Die MV, Burger H, Teede H, Bone K. Vitex agnus-castus Extracts for Female Reproductive Disorders: A Systematic Review of Clinical Trials. Planta Medica. 2012;79(07):562-575. doi:10.1055/s-0032-1327831.
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- Office of Dietary Supplements. Dietary Supplements: What You Need to Know. Updated June 17, 2011.
Based in Richmond, Va., Tara Carson has written articles for editorial and corporate online and print publications for more than 10 years. She has experience as an adjunct professor of nutrition at Northwest Christian University and holds a Bachelor of Science in journalism and nutrition from Virginia Commonwealth University.