What Progesterone Does
Men need this as much as women. Although oestrogen is mentioned in this article, be aware that increases in oestrogen effects these days are due to xeno-oestrogens which come from pollution and interfere with hormonal balance in both men and women
It helps prevent osteoporosis in a manner that complements oestrogen/testosterone. While oestrogen prevents bone breakdown, progesterone actually promotes bone rebuilding by stimulating the osteoblasts (the cells that create the bone fabric itself).
Progesterone is the only known natural biological chemical that stimulates the Osteoblast activity in both men and women.
It has a number of metabolic and nutritional effects.
It promotes the use of fat for energy, thus opposing the oestrogenic tendency in women (and now men too) to fat storage.
It normalizes blood sugar levels..
It has a thermogenic effectit makes you warmer by increasing blood flow to the skin. It counters oestrogenic binding of zinc and copper, thus normalizing those levels.
Progesterone exerts a diuretic effect, helping to get rid of the fluid bloating that oestrogen can cause. At the proper dose level, it is equal in effect to spironolactone, a diuretic used to combat certain types of high blood pressure.
In the brain, not only are there 50% more progesterone receptor sites found than anywhere else in the body, but progesterone concentrations are up to 20 times higher than in the blood. Progesterone has a soothing effect that is so significant that it is given to treat the (rare) seizures caused by the stimulatory effect of oestrogen. Chemically, it has the same effect as Valium or Xanax or some anesthetic agents. It also exerts a lesser neurovascular effect in decreasing migraines and epilepsy caused by oestrogen.
It can promote sleep and counteract edginess, anxiety and panic. It contributes to the lessening of the memory problems seen with low hormone levels. It evens moods.
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