Bioidentical Hormones – the Latest

This past week, bioidentical hormones (or also known as biomimetic hormones) used for natural hormone replacement therapy became known as a household word, thanks to Oprah Winfrey’s show.  As we have all been saying on this site, it’s time to start the discussion and, for heaven’s sake, if after 50 plus years of use by women in Europe, the research.  We have posted some of the latest articles from other sites for their opinions and knowledge about bioidentical hormones for our readers.

Oprah and Bioidentical Hormones: FAQ

Winfrey isn’t recommending bioidentical hormones for every menopausal woman. Instead, she urges women to ‘take charge of your health’ and says it’s time to ‘start the conversation’ about menopause and bioidentical hormones…..

Oprah and Bioidentical Hormones: FAQ

January 15, 2009. Oprah and Bioidentical Hormones: FAQ. Oprah Winfrey says menopause caught her ‘off guard’ and that she’s taking bioidentical hormones that have made a big improvement in how she feels. Filed under Blog by WebMD Health …

Oprah and Bioidentical Hormones: FAQ

January 16, 2009. Oprah and Bioidentical Hormones: FAQ. Title: Oprah and Bioidentical Hormones: FAQ Category: Health News Created: 1/16/2009. Last Editorial Review: 1/16/2009. Filed under Blog by MedicineNet Daily News …

Bioidentical Hormones Replacement Therapy

What – Bioidentical Hormones Replacement Therapy (BHRT) is one form of treatment women may use for menopause relief. Bioidentical hormone preparations are medications that contain hormones that are an exact chemical match to those made …

Oprah and Bioidentical Hormones: FAQ | Health Fitness & Beauty

Oprah and Bioidentical Hormones: FAQ. Courtesy WebMD Health Thu, 01/15/2009 – 16:20. Oprah Winfrey says menopause caught her ‘off guard’ and that she’s taking bioidentical hormones that have made a big improvement in how she feels. …

Oprah Made You Want Bio-Identical Hormones: Now Can You Find Them?

The authors of ‘From Hormone Hell to Hormone Well’ can help (PRWeb Jan 16, 2009) Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2009/01/prweb1862704.htm.

Oprahʼs Positive Outlook On Bioidentical Hormones « BodyLogicMDʼs …

Weʼre so excited about Oprahʼs positive outlook on bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. We see so many patients like Michelle from Birmington, Ontario who have difficulty sleeping, are frustrated by hot flashes and frustrated that ….

DrErika.com: Health

Physicians who follow the science and the scientific evidence when treating patients with bioidentical hormones, physicians who dedicate their lives to the wellbeing of the patients we treat. Today is a big day for us women! …

The Real Cougar Woman: Oprah Finally Talking About BioIdentical …

On Thursday, January 15, Oprah devoted her show to bioidentical hormone therapy, uncovering the ‘Who’, ‘What’, ‘When’, ‘Where’ and ‘Why’ of bioidenticals and the roles estrogen, progesterone and testosterone play in the way we look and …

We are grateful to Oprah for spreading the news about bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.  It’s good to stay up to date and informed on women’s health and issues such as menopause and what can help you with your symptoms.  If you are suffering from the symptoms of menopause (or even andropause for men) natural bioidentical hormone therapy dosed in a biomimetic fashion is going to help you with your symptoms immensely.  We no longer have a single option – to use the dangerous synthetic hormones.  We don’t want this option.  Women are seeking naturally alternatives to what ails them and are seeking out doctors who have the knowledge and the ability to monitor NHRT and prescribe bioidentical hormones.

Biomimetic Hormones and Nutritional Supplementation

Nutritional Supplements for Menopause and Andropause

It is essential when you arrive at the age of premenopause, menopause or andropause to begin taking nutritional supplements in addition to biomimetic hormones for hormonal balance and your overall health. Daily accumulated stress, toxins in the environment and the nutritional deficiencies in our foods take a toll on our bodies. Cooking often destroys most of the nutrients in our food. Eating an organic diet can be difficult or expensive to maintain and purchase in certain parts of the world.

A good multivitamin can help you supplement your body with the nutrition it needs. Purchase a good multivitamin from a health store. Supermarket and drugstore vitamins often contain only low dosages of the nutrients you need and contain fillers, by-products and binders. Test your multivitamin to see how water soluble it is. Let the multivitamin stand in a glass of water. It should dissolve within 15 minutes.

The recommended dosages of the following should be found in a good multivitamin. These vitamins and minerals assist in achieving hormonal balance during menopause and andropause. These supplements should be taken in addition to natural bioidentical hormones. Balancing your hormones and maintaining health and wellbeing is a combination of things: supplementing with natural bioidentical/biomimetic hormones, diet, nutritional supplementation, stress reduction, and exercise. It also requires that we make other lifestyle changes including quitting smoking and moderating our consumption of alcoholic beverages.

Your daily multivitamin for hormonal balance should include the following. If it does not, these can also be added as separate supplements. For personal guidance in what dosage you should take on a daily basis, consult with a naturopathic doctor or an antiaging specialist. We only suggest the dosages you should be taking. A personal consultation will discover what amounts of supplements you need on a daily basis.

  • Beta-carotene/Carotenoids – 10,000 to 15,000 IU per day.
  • Vitamin A: 5000 – 10,000 IU per day, but be careful, too much Vitamin A can lead to toxic levels
  • The B Vitamins – can be taken as a B complex tablet:
  • (Biotin: 100 – 300 mcg (micrograms),
  • Choline: 50 – 100 mg, Folic acid: 400 to 800 mcg,
  • Inositol: 150 to 300 mg,
  • Niacin (B3) 20 to 25 mg,
  • Pantothenic acid (B5): 50 – 100 mg,
  • Pyridoxine (B6): 25 – 50 mg,
  • Riboflavin (B2): 25 – 50 mg,
  • Thiamine (B1): 25 – 50 mg,
  • Vitamin B12: 1,000 – 2,000 mg
  • Vitamin C: 500 – 1,00 mg per day
  • Vitamin D: 100 – 400 IU per day
  • Vitamin E: 200 – 400 IU per day
  • Minerals:
  • Boron: 1 – 5 mg per day
  • Calcium: 300 mg per day ( take with magnesium)
  • Chromium: 200 – 400 mcg per day
  • Copper: 1 – 5 mg per day
  • Magnesium: 400 – 600 mg chelated per day
  • Manganese: 5 – 20 mg per day
  • Selenium: 100 – 200 mcg per day
  • Vanadyl sulfate: 5 – 10 mg per day
  • Zinc: 15 – 20 mg per day

We also recommend taking Borage Oil and Evening Primrose Oil, both rich in essential fatty acids which act as anti-inflammatories in the body and can assist you in dealing with the symptoms of menopause. These supplements will help to balance your hormones and the nutritional requirements at this time in your life. Good nutrition, a healthy lifestyle and biomimetic hormone supplementation will allow you sailing through what can be a difficult time of adjustment for some.

Bioidentical Hormones – DHEA

Biomimetic / Bioidentical Hormones – All About DHEA

The hormone Dehydroepiandrosterone, otherwise more commonly known as DHEA is the precursor hormone to the female sex hormone estrogen (estradiol), and the male sex hormone testosterone. It is available in some countries without a prescription and taken as a nutritional supplement and in other countries such as Canada, your doctor needs to obtain the permission of the government before he or she is allowed to prescribe it to you.

DHEA is manufactured by the human adrenal gland. As one ages and approaches either menopause or andropause, for both men and women, DHEA production declines. Levels of DHEA are found to be 80 – 90% less at the age of 80 when comparing DHEA hormone levels to the level of DHEA available in a 20 year old. The main function of DHEA is to moderate the balance of hormones in the body. The effects of DHEA individually vary from one person to another depending on factors such as gender and age.

Testing for DHEA levels is best done in the early morning because levels of the hormone will vary throughout the day. DHEA supplementation is used to enhance feelings of well-being, improve energy levels, reduce body fat, increase energy levels and is beneficial for sleep. More research is needed to investigate any other benefits that may come from the use of DHEA.

A test for DHEA is also a good indicator of adrenal gland functioning. In a state of adrenal fatigue, when the adrenal glands are overworked and struggling to produce high levels of cortisol under chronic stress conditions, the adrenals lose the ability to produce DHEA sufficiently. At this point, the individual will begin to experience problems of aging such as bone loss (osteoporosis), loss of muscle mass, decreased sex drive, fatigue, and impaired immune function.

DHEA is usually prescribed for such conditions as: aging, cancer, HIV infection/AIDS, obesity, depression and heart disease. Women can take anywhere from 10 to 20 mg a day, however, one should not take it for longer than a year because long term studies have not been conducted. Over a period of time, there some unwanted side effects that can occur in women, including unwanted facial hair and decreased good cholesterol (HDL) levels. DHEA is not recommended for patients with heart disease or at risk for heart disease, and because of its ability to increase estrogen and testosterone levels, DHEA, is also not recommended for women with breast cancer or men with prostate cancer.

If you are interested in taking DHEA, the first thing you should do is visit a doctor who is knowledgeable about natural bioidentical/biomimetic hormone supplementation. You will first need to take a blood test to determine your hormone levels and specifically your DHEA levels. You should discuss the reasons you wish to take DHEA with your doctor. A test will verify if your DHEA levels are low and could also indicate problems with the functioning of your adrenal gland. Your doctor will prescribe the biomimetic hormones you should be supplementing with and whether you also need to supplement with DHEA.