Before you turn to creams or medications, try ghee to help your progesterone production. Progesterone is a vital female reproductive hormone, helping to regulate your menstrual cycle and prepare the uterus for pregnancy.
Whether you’re planning to get pregnant or not, balanced progesterone levels are crucial for maintaining a healthy mind and body. In fact, low progesterone levels can have a debilitating impact on your life.
Signs of low progesterone levels include:
- Depression, mood swings and anxiety
- Weight gain, especially around your midsection
- Difficulty concentrating
- Brittle nails
- Dry Skin
- Menstrual irregularities
- Low libidos
- Joint Pain
- Allergy symptoms
Learn more about how to increase your fertility naturally here.
If any of this sounds like you, we always suggest the best thing to do is get your checked out by your trusted health practitioner, you may wish to test your hormones (the urine test is the most accurate!)
So what causes progesterone deficiency?
The most common causes of low progesterone are chronic stress, over or under-exercise, and xenoestrogens, which are chemicals in synthetic hormones, animal products, and plastics that mimic oestrogen. Unfortunately, xenoestrogens are replete in our food sources and environment, and when we ingest them, our bodies sense higher oestrogen levels--another reproductive hormone--and throw our entire reproductive health out of whack.
Another factor for low progesterone is being in perimenopause and menopause, so adding a little ghee to one’s diet might be helpful here. Read on yo understand...
Enter Ghee: The Progesterone Balancing Superfood!
What is Ghee?
Ghee is a dairy product made by heating butter, then separating the milk solids, salt and water. This leaves golden butterfat called ghee.
Ghee is an incredibly nutritious and easy-to-digest fat with a mouth-watering caramel-like taste. Originally from India, ghee has been used for thousands of years in both cooking and in traditional Ayurvedic medicine.
Ghee has many potential health benefits such as:
- Helping to strengthen the system
- Can help to support immunity
- Known to help strengthen eyesight (vitamin A)
- Helps to nourish the skin from the inside-out
- It may contribute to your longevity
- It may help to balance hormones
- Gives you other important fat-soluble vitamins E and K
- High in omega-3 and omega-9 EFAs (essential fatty acids needed for good health)
How Ghee Can Help Progesterone Production
Ghee provides the cholesterol-rich saturated fat that forms the building blocks of progesterone--and our other sex hormones. What’s more, the cholesterol, vitamin A and vitamin K2 in ghee play a critical role in our ability to detox, which will help your body get rid of chemicals that could compromise your reproductive health.
Note on cholesterol: before you freak out, cholesterol is not always the bad guy and in fact, it is vital for good health and sex hormone production. Check out our recent blog about cholesterol, it may just transform the way you view this molecule forever!
We also have a blog about statin drugs (cholesterol-lowering medication) and their dangers. Understand their mechanism and how taking these drugs can greatly impact ones health and even lead to serious problems.
And remember, your reproductive health matters even if you aren’t reproducing! Reproductive health and balanced reproductive hormones are part of your overall mental and physical wellbeing.
How to Use Ghee
There are many wonderful ways to use ghee to help with progesterone production. Since ghee has a smoking point of 85 to 135° (that’s higher than most other oils including coconut and olive) I love to use a one-tablespoon serving to sautée vegetables. Ghee also tastes great drizzled over popcorn, in your morning coffee and added to soups, oatmeal, and smoothies.
It’s important to use in moderation just like any animal fat. I like to use ghee every other day.
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Try this smoothie recipe to help progesterone levels and reduce inflammation.
Mango-Strawberry Ghee Smoothie
1 cup of almond or another favourite milk
1 cup frozen or fresh or frozen strawberries
1 handful spinach
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 scoop collagen
1 tbsp ghee
1 tbsp stevia or raw honey
Blend together and enjoy! 😋
This article is strictly for informational purposes and is not intended as health advice. Statements made have not been evaluated by the TGA and are not intended to treat, diagnose, cure or prevent and one should always consult with their trusted health professional before adding a new supplement to their diet.