When you realize that there are over 300 receptor sites for progesterone throughout the body, you can begin to appreciate the powerful effects people can experience when they are given this hormone.
The following common areas where Progesterone helps to heal:
- Alzheimer’s Disease/Memory Function/Brain Tissue
- Nerve Tissues/Neuropathy
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Osteoporosis/Weight Loss
- Blood Vessels
- Menstrual Migraines
- Coronary Artery Spasm
- Natural Antidepressant
- Breast Cancer
- Ovarian Cancer
- Prostate Cancer
- Blocks Adrenaline, Insulin & Estrogen
In general, progesterone is wonderful for the brain tissue. In fact, progesterone levels are higher in brain tissue than anywhere else in the body. So progesterone influences memory function, and some studies indicate that it's very good for preventing and possibly even treating Alzheimer's disease.
Progesterone is also wonderful for nerve tissue. I’ve used it with diabetics who have a burning neuropathy in their feet. Sometimes the neuropathy is gone within three days.
Progesterone also stimulates the Schwann cells that line the axis of a nerve and product myelin. Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a condition associated with the demyelination of nerve cells. Most of the patients with MS who I have treated have been estrogen dominant. Could this condition possibly be related to low progesterone levels?
Progesterone also has a healing effect on blood vessels. It undoes all the damage that estrogen causes. That’s why it works so well for preventing and treating menstrual migraines, and why it’s effective in preventing coronary artery spasm.
One of the best treatments for osteoporosis happens to be progesterone. It’s much better than estrogen in this regard. And because progesterone reduces the level of insulin - the number one hormone that causes the accumulation of fat in most people -- it can be used to help control weight.
Being a feel-good hormone, especially for women, progesterone is also a natural antidepressant. As the antidote to estrogen, it helps prevent breast cancer, cancer of the ovaries, and probably cancer of the colon. In my view, it can also prevent cancer of the prostate, which I believe is another cancer caused by estrogen.
Another major benefit of Progesterone is that it blocks adrenaline. Most people know it as the “fight-or-flight” hormone, which is released in large quantities whenever we are in danger. It is an extremely powerful hormone and has significant physiological effects on our body. These episodes are usually short-lived, and as soon as the danger passes the adrenaline levels go back down.
However, there is another reason the body releases adrenaline, and it can occur throughout the day and night for sustained periods. Needless to say, this can have a significant effect on our health, and certainly, on the quality of our life. For example, excess adrenaline can prevent us from falling asleep or staying asleep. In certain people it makes the mind race, causes restless leg syndrome, results in bruxism (teeth grinding), tightens the jaw (TMJ), and causes nighttime urination, especially around 2:30 am when levels of adrenaline are the highest.
You see, adrenaline raises sugar levels via a process called gluconeogenesis, whereby it converts protein into glucose. The brain can use up fuel in as little as three hours. Understandably, adrenaline levels peak around 2:30am-3:00 am, contributing to insomnia and an urge to urinate around that time. Adrenaline can create stress. This stimulates the release of another hormone called cortisol which is an anti- stress hormone.
As a result, the body is putting out two hormones that raise sugar – while people are sleeping (or trying to). When it comes to sugar, it does not matter whether you are eating it or if the body is making it, if you don’t burn it up, the sugar is stored as fat in your fat cells. This may be the number one reason why people are fighting weight.
Dr. Michael E. Platt has been board-certified in internal medicine. He is devoted to wellness, hormones and supplements. Dr. Platt provides answers to questions directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. He is known nationally and internationally as a specialist in bio-identical hormones. He is also the author of “The Miracle of Bio-identical Hormones”, "Adrenaline Dominance - A Revolutionary Approach to Wellness" and “The Platt Protocol for Hormone Balancing” – a wellness manual for healthcare practitioners.
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