Progesterone, known as a gestational hormone, prepares a woman's uterus for implantation with a fertilized egg and helps maintain pregnancy. The hormone also helps maintain menstrual regularity in women of reproductive age. Doctors sometimes prescribe synthetic progesterone in conjunction with estrogen for menopausal women to treat the symptoms of menopause and reduce the risk of certain diseases, such as uterine cancer. Synthetic progesterone is not as versatile as the naturally produced version, so you should take steps to increase your natural progesterone production.
Eat more fruits and vegetables, at least five servings per day, to increase your intake of beta-carotene. This vitamin boosts your natural production of progesterone, according to World Health. You can supplement the beta-carotene you get through your diet with a supplement of up to 180 mg per day. Be sure to include at least some fat in your diet, as beta-carotene absorption depends on it.
Take a 150 IU vitamin E supplement every day, which will further increase your natural progesterone production. Don't exceed that amount; doses in the 300 to 600 IU range can actually decrease your progesterone.
Supplement your food intake with 400 mg of chasteberry extract daily. In such small doses, chasteberry has been shown to increase progesterone production, but also to decrease estrogen production. Scientific evidence exists to support the idea that, by influencing hormone levels, chasteberry reduces the severity of premenstrual syndrome and breast pain, according to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. However, the center mentions the caveat that many of the studies that provided these data were poorly designed.
Items you will need
- ✓ Beta-carotene
- ✓ Vitamin E supplement
- ✓ Chasteberry extract
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