The following is a synopsis of many of the benefits of progesterone, some of which directly contribute to longevity in both sexes. Those benefits that may not promote a longer lifespan can instead lead to a significant improvement in the quality of life.
Progesterone is best known as the hormone that blocks the detrimental effects of estrogen. In this regard, it helps prevent menstrual cramps, breast tenderness, and PMS in those women who are menstruating. In addition, it eliminates other problems caused by estrogen including asthma and migraine headaches, morning sickness, and, from the standpoint of prolonging life, helps to prevent all cancers caused by estrogen, including those of the breast, uterus, ovaries, cervix, colon, and prostate. Women with low levels of progesterone, such as all women on BC pills, can easily windup with fibroids, endometriosis, and PCOS.
The second major area of benefit of progesterone is the effect it has on insulin. Insulin is a hormone that is closely associated with the causation of both obesity and type II diabetes, as well as many of the complications of diabetes. Insulin raises blood pressure and is the hormone that creates fat around the middle. I suspect that progesterone blocks insulin receptor sites on cells, thereby helping to eliminate a drop in blood sugar (hypoglycemia). As a result, it prevents sleepiness between 3 and 4 PM, or after eating, or while driving. This ability to block the effects of insulin helps both with weight loss and helps with longevity. Insulin is the number one hormone felt to speed up the aging process through a process called glycation; progesterone may be an important factor in reversing this process.
The third major area of benefit of progesterone is that it not only appears to block the action of adrenaline, but also prevents the over-production of this very powerful hormone. Adrenaline is popularly known as “the-fight-or-flight” hormone, and excess levels can create anger, including road rage, as well as insomnia, restless leg syndrome, and teeth grinding. When anger is internalized, it can lead to depression, anxiety, fibromyalgia, IBS, plus other problems. As a neurotransmitter in the brain, adrenaline can cause the mind to race which can cause problems focusing – i.e. ADHD – or “brain fog”. It also causes urinary urgency in adults, as well as bed-wetting in children. In addition, adrenaline is probably the number one cause of unexplained weight gain. Leg cramps at night are also caused by adrenaline, and can be relieved within 30-60 seconds when progesterone is applied to the area of cramping. There is a strong association between adrenaline and stress. Stress is felt to be a major factor in the causation of cancer and heart attacks. By helping to control adrenaline and stress, progesterone can again be considered an anti-aging hormone.
Due to the fact that progesterone helps to lower both insulin as well as adrenaline, it can have a significant effect on the lowering of blood pressure and weight. Progesterone can help infertile women get pregnant, and it can prevent or treat postpartum depression. Because it has an anti-insulin effect, progesterone is extremely beneficial for relieving neuropathy.
For more detailed information on progesterone, please refer to my book, “The Miracle of Bio-identical Hormones”, or to my manual, “The Platt Protocol for Hormone Balancing” (which is only available at this time on my website: www.plattwellness.com.)
***Introducing Platt Pro 5%***
For those of you who feel that they may benefit from progesterone cream, I am now offering the strongest pharmaceutical grade natural USP progesterone cream that can be obtained without a prescription. It has been made according to my specifications.
It comes in a three oz. size, which is larger than most OTC progesterone preparations, and provides 50 mg of progesterone per pump.
The price is $42 per container and can be ordered from my website: www.plattwellness.com