Testosterone in Women

Testosterone in Women

The sex hormone, testosterone can have a profound influence on a female’s wellbeing. Produced in small
amounts in the ovaries and adrenals, low testosterone can be a contributing factor towards low energy, low libido, vaginal dryness, memory lapses, blood-sugar imbalances, poor muscle/bone mass and a flat mood.

To support healthy testosterone levels, adequate nutrient status is critical, particularly iron, zinc, magnesium, B6, B3 (niacin), vitamin A, protein and essential fatty acids. Sufficient sleep, weight bearing
exercise and sunshine will also help.

Conversely, a high sugar, junk food diet raises insulin levels. Persistent, elevated insulin causes excessive
surges in testosterone levels. Over time, this can cause weight gain, facial hair growth, acne, hair loss, irritability, irregular menstrual cycles and polycystic ovarian syndrome.

Some herbs are capable of balancing testosterone levels in the body. If low, tribulus terrestris, korean
ginseng, nettle root and passionflower may increase testosterone levels. Alternatively, licorice and white peony can reduce testosterone levels.

Written by Natalie Elliott
Published 15/05/2010
Due to the delicate nature of hormones, it is important to seek appropriate advice if considering herbal support.

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