Hormone Allergy and the Hormone Balancing Act
Heather is in her mid forties. Among other things, she is worried of having a hormone allergy. She has been waking up at night with hot flashes, and during the day she is irritable and depressed. Her periods are irregular, and she’s gaining weight. Her doctor prescribed her an anti-depressant, but she doesn’t want to take it. Does any of this sound familiar? An epidemic of chemicals (the Birth Control Pill, pollution, food additives, and even some skin creams) are damaging women’s ovaries, where hormones such as estrogen and progesterone are produced.
Symptoms of Hormone Imbalance
* Heart Disease
* Irregular Periods
* Increased Risk of Cancer
* Fitful Sleep
* Hot Flashes
* Weight Gain
If the reactions become more severe, then we run into actual hormone allergy where we find a group of more serious disorders:
* Anxiety and Panic Attacks
* Premenstrual Asthma
* Menstrual Migraine
* Interstitial Cystitis
* Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
In previous years, Western doctors would have given Heather some synthetic hormones (HRT) and sent her home. That was until research showed HRT significantly in creases the risk of breast cancer. According to the Lancet, 2003:
Women of HRT have a 22 percent higher risk of contracting breast cancer than women not receiving therapy.
So what is Heather supposed to do?
Hormone Imbalance in Women
It is well known that as we age our skin changes. Older women experience bruising on their arms, dryness from the neck down, oiliness from the neck up, wrinkles and ‘age’ spots. Younger women may experience "acne" or red spots on their face, scalp, bosom and upper back. Often it can also result in unusual hair growth called "hirsutism." In one case a twenty year-old woman was shaving twice a day and the hair on her head was so thin you could see her scalp in all areas. She also had coarse, long hair on her arms and legs and a thick thatch of hair on her bosom. Her doctor had found all of her hormones to be "within normal limits." The typical post-menopausal little old lady is bald headed with chin whiskers, a mustache, thin, dry skin and a cranky personality.
Menopause is defined as the end of ovulation: no more eggs. Fairly profound changes begin to take place and they accelerate as the years go by. Primarily you are no longer fertile. You are out of warranty, and Nature is going to get rid of you. Menopause is characterized by low levels of estrogen. Low levels of estrogen are not found in teenage girls.
1. Reduce “hot flashes”
2. Prevent and reverse osteoporosis
3. Soften your skin and reduce wrinkles and bruising
4. Reduce depression (Harvard Women’s Health letter, Sept. 1998)
5. Prevent or reverse Alzheimer’s Disease
6. Improve memory
7. Improve driving skills and motor tasks
Hormone allergy can cause skin problems in little girls of eight or nine and most commonly in early teens and ladies from about thirty-five to forty-five. Each new generation seems to begin menstruation a little earlier than the last. There seems to be a larger percentage of female allergy patients than men because their hormone cycles are much more pronounced from puberty through menopause.
This may always been true, but the reason for the increasing magnitude of the problem goes once again to the increase in hypersensitivity (hormone allergy included) that we are seeing everywhere. If we accept the possibility that our increasing population of hypersensitivity "boomers" can react to anything, then it is easy to see where hormone allergy could lead us.
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There are natural alternatives for women trying to regain hormonal imbalance and struggling with a hormone allergy. Mangosteen is an ancient fruit that originated in Southeast Asia, and for centuries it has been the base of any natural hormone therapy. Ancient cultures used mangosteen to help with “women’s issues,” (what we now call PMS). In the early 1970’s, scientists found xanthones in mangosteen. A xanthone is a phytochemical, meaning it is only found in fruits and vegetables. Xanthones have been widely studied for their medicinal properties.
To understand how xanthones help regain hormone balance, we need to first understand how hormones work.
The Endocrine System
Hormones are just one part of the endocrine system. Endocrinology is the study of chemical communication within the body that controls physiological processes like sleep, energy, stress, menstruation, etc… Now, which chemicals in the body do you think communicate? If you said hormones, you’re right. The endocrine system consists of hormone-producing cells or groups of cells called glands, a delivery system (the blood), and hormone receptors (or cells that receive the hormones). All three parts of the endocrine system need to be healthy and functioning in order for hormone communication to be balanced. Mangosteen helps the endocrine system run correctly by keeping the cells that make and receive the hormones healthy, as well as by keeping blood clean, allowing hormones to travel uninterrupted to their destinations.
Three Parts to the Endocrine System
1. Cells/Glands that produce hormones
2. A delivery system (the blood)
3. Cells/Glands that receive hormones (receptors)
The main cells/glands that make hormones are the hypothalamus, pituitary, thyroid adrenal, pancreas, and sexual organs. If these glands don’t function correctly, they will not make the correct levels of hormones. What causes these glands not to function? Stress on the cells in the form of free radical damage and infection. Mangosteen is effective in helping with both of these potential problems.
Free radicals are molecules missing an electron. They are found all around us-in air pollution, toxic chemicals, cigarette smoke, water pollution, and synthetic medicines. Free radicals bump into healthy cells to steal an electron. Antioxidants, like those in mangosteen, have an extra electron they give to free radicals, making them no longer harmful.
Let’s look at how antioxidants may help regulate hormones. The brain is particularly susceptible to free radical damage because it uses lots of oxygen and has very fatty cells. The pituitary gland is located at the base of the brain just beneath the hypothalamus, and it is considered the most important part of the endocrine system. It secretes pain-fighting endorphins and regulates ovulation and menstruation.
Now let’s say a woman has introduced lots of free radicals into her body, which may have slightly damaged the pituitary gland. She may experience pain from reduced endorphin production. This pain causes her not to exercise, and may result in abnormal fatigue. These conditions cause her to gain weight. More fat cells mean more estrogen because estrogen is stored in fat. Too much estrogen in relation to progesterone contributes to hot flashes, night sweats, tender breast, and irregular periods. Keeping the pituitary free from free radical damage can help to stop a whole chain of negative reactions and ensure a balanced supply of pituitary hormones for everyday bodily functions.
Using the Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity test (ORAC), one of the most reliable and sensitive tests of antioxidant potency, mangosteen juice from one manufacturer recorded having over 17,000 ORACs. Compare this number to other popular antioxidants. Remember the greater the ORACs the better.
*17000 ORACs in a brand name mangosteen juice
*1506 ORACs in noni
*3309 ORACs in Vitamin E oil
*1220 in raspberries
*5770 in prunes
*840 in red bell peppers
*739 in red grapes
*2400 in blueberries
*710 in beets
Mangosteen and Infection
Another way mangosteen keeps the cells and glands of the endocrine system working properly is by fighting off infection.
Scientific investigation has shown that mangosteen has strong anti-microbial.* Anti means against; microorganisms are tiny organisms like bacteria, viruses, yeasts, and molds. Studies report that mangosteen stops the growth of Staphylococcus, common bacteria that causes infections if not controlled.** Another study done in Thailand found that a mangosteen extract stimulated the phagocytic cells to kill the bacteria Salmonella Enteritidis.*** Other research shows mangosteen to be effective in helping various types of fungal growth.****
By drinking mangosteen, you may help prevent infections and help keep the cells that make and receive hormones healthy.
* Shankaranarayan, D. et al, Arch.Int Pharmacodyn Ther. 1979 June;239(2):257-69
** J. Pharm Pharmacol. 1996 Aug;48(8):861-5
*** Chanarat P, Chanarat N, Fujihara M, Nagumo T. “Immunopharmacological activity of polysaccharide from the pericarb of mangosteen garcinia: phagocytic intracellular killing activities,”J Med Assoc Thai. 1997 Sep;80Suppl 1:S149-54
**** J. Nat Prod. 1997 May;60(5):519-24
Another key part of the endocrine system is the hormone delivery system, or in other words, blood and blood vessels. Hormones travel to receptor cells via the blood system. If the blood is clean, hormones reach their destination problem free. Now, imagine the blood vessels of more than 50 percent of Americans. They are full of plaque, a buildup of cholestrol. Plaque-filled arteries. become plugged, causing major problems in blood circulation. Not only can this cause heart attacks and strokes in the later stages, but in the early stages it can prevent hormones from arriving at their correct destination.
The xanthones in mangosteen have proven effective to help promote better blood flow by preventing the oxidation of LDL (the bad cholestrol that clogs blood vessels). If there is no oxidized cholestrol, then there is no plaque to clog arteries.*
* Williams P., Ongsakul M., Proudfoot J., Croft K., Beilin L., ”Mangostin inhibits the oxidative modification of human low density lipoprotein,” Free Radic Res 1995 Aug;23(2):175-84
Finding Hormone Balance
As with any good natural therapy, you don’t want to flood the body with herbs, minerals, or phytonutrients that target specific cells or organs in the body if it isn’t ready to support them. In the case of hormone balance and hormone allergy, you need to have your endocrine system running smoothly before using specific supplements to increase hormone production. If not, it would be like fertilizing flowers using a bucket with a hole in it. No matter how many times you fill up the bucket, there is nothing left to feed the flowers. By drinking mangosteen juice, you help strengthen the cells and blood that make and transport hormones.
NOTE: One of the reasons for designing this website is to educate visitors on the benefits of daily consumption of Pure Mangosteen Juice. It is also a web site sharing resources and info about mangosteen juice benefits and Xanthones.
Mangosteen is a fruit. The health benefits from mangosteen due to xanthones have been shown in laboratory studies to be powerful antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, and to have other special properties.
However, laboratory results do not guarantee that the same will happen in the human body. Mangosteen is a supplement and not a drug; therefore, no one can say that mangosteen juice benefits include a cure, treat, or prevent any specific condition or symptom the way a drug prescription is administered by a qualified health practitioner.
The United States government, however, has determined and stated that increasing the amount of plant-based foods and supplements in our diet improves our health and decreases the incidence of chronic disease. Look at the available science on the mangosteen and then answer for yourself - Does mangosteen juice make sense for you?
The only way to find out what mangosteen will do for you is to begin taking it. In the case of mental illness, it is important to do this with the assistance of a qualified professional.
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