With all the complexities of female physiology how can we get a handle on what the best anti aging supplements for women are, and when should women be using them? Obviously the main difference between a man and a women is that women bear children, and this fact alone opens the door to a truck load of complex health issues, so to say women are complicated is something of an understatement in terms of biology.
Answering this question is rather long winded but if a job is worth doing then it’s worth doing well, so let’s crack on.
The first thing to do is look at the stages of life from infancy to old age and understand what’s happening Biologically, which hormones are are doing what and their effect on the body.
Life Stages 1 to 7
The endocrine system is an amazing thing. It’s the extensive network of glands that produce the hormones we need to regulate metabolism, sexual function, growth, mood and more.
Stage 1. Infancy
During pregnancy the mother passes on her hormones on to a newborn in the womb, at birth the infant is born with high levels of hormones which slowly decrease and remains low until the onset of puberty.
Stage 2. The Teens
With the onset on puberty the main hormone to kick-start the process is called gonadotropin-releasing hormone or (GnRH). This chemical triggers the pituitary gland to production a number of major hormones and secrete follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinizing hormone (LH). These chemicals are common to both girls and boys, although in girls FSH and LH instructs the ovaries to begin producing estrogen.
Stage 3. The 20’s
In your 20s’ you are an adult but you will have surges of estrogen, progesterone and androgen as the body continues to work hard to build fat and muscle.
Healthy living is important to mitigate health risks such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, STDs and issues related to birth control, or pregnancy.
Common health checks you should be thinking about in your 20’s are Blood pressure, Cholesterol, Melanoma, Pap smear, Clinical breast exam, and STD screening for common infections such as chlamydia and gonorrhea.
Stage 4. The 30’s
As early as in the 30’s levels of the hormones responsible for muscle-building including growth hormone and even testosterone are beginning to go into decline. This can result in lose of muscle mass and a slowing of the metabolism that can lead to weight gain. While the 30’s are still young the challenges faced throughout then decade like be to maintain a health weight, prevent bone density lose, and looking after skin condition.
The easiest ways to avoid some of these issues is to break the bad habits picked up during the 20’s such as drinking and smoking. More over always use sun screen and monitor BMI, Blood pressure and cholesterol.
Stage 5. 40’s
The 40’s or Perimenopause years the levels of the reproductive hormones estrogen and progesterone are beginning to fluctuate bring symptoms of menopause. These can occur during the late 30’s or early 40’s’and can last between few months or even years
Symptoms include reduction in bone mass leading to the need for calcium, sleepless nights, night sweats and heart palpitation. These years require regular health checks that should include Mammograms, Pap smears, blood sugar testing for diabetes and checking skin for moles. If sexually active pelvic exams are encouraged.
Stage 6. The 50’s
A woman in her 50’s can expect to experience decreasing amounts of estrogen and progesterone as the pituitary gland tries to compensate by producing more follicle stimulating hormone (FSH). Some women will experience hot flashes and thinner, dryer skin, and muscle mass turning to fat,while others may not notice any symptoms what so ever
Now it’s more important to maintain a healthy weight as a waist size of more than 35 inches increases the risk of developing diabetes and heart disease.
Problems associated with menopause are varied and can range from irritating or even dangerous, from Decreased libido, Hot flashes, Vaginal dryness, Insomnia, Irritability/depression, and even Osteoporosis.
Medical experts have for a long time prescribed long-term use of an oral estrogen/progesterone, but following a study in the 2000’s it was revealed that HRT increased the risk of stroke, cardiovascular disease, breast cancer and blood clots.
Stage 6. The 60’s+
In your 60’s estrogen and progesterone are now in steep decline and as these are sex related hormones symptoms such as vaginal dryness becoming apparent, but more than this, there are many more conditions to be concerned about. Heart disease, cancers, Alzheimer’s, dementia, incontinence, osteoporosis, and general aches and pains possibly associated with arthritis.
The good news is that lubricants are available over the counter as are prescription creams and tablets for vaginal dryness.
In terms of looking after potential illnesses you should continue to have your blood pressure and cholesterol tested on a regular basis, and early detection for cancer is the best protection so continued with Pap smears, mammograms, colonoscopies and pelvic exams. Not forgetting bone density tests for Osteoporosis.
Equally, there is more good news because even if you have had unhealthy habits up to this point, it’s never too late to make life style changes to put you on a more healthy path.
What Are The Effect Of Hormones On The Body
The three main female hormones are Estrogon, Progesterone, and Prolactin, let’s take a look what they do.
Estrogen can be both friend and foe to a woman. It’s the female sex hormone released from the ovaries responsible for reproduction, menstruation and menopause. The problem is in the imbalance of Estrogen as too much can increase the possibility of breast cancer, uterine cancer, depression, moodiness among other things, while too little can lead to acne, skin lesions, thinning skin,and hair loss.
Produced in the ovaries and the adrenal glands the Progesterone hormone is also secreted from the placenta when a woman is pregnant. Its varies functions include sexual desire, regulating the monthly cycle, preparing for conception and maintaining pregnancy. While no pregnancy is detected progesterone levels drop and menstrual cycle occurs
The prolactin hormone is secreted by the pituitary following after a child birth to initiate lactation. It also plays a role during pregnancy by inhibiting follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) and gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH).
How to Turn This Around
The main lesson to come from this is that although women’s biology is complex and relies on a cocktail of hormones to maintain healthy, and fertile life, there is a simple truth to understand about the ageing process. In short, it is the sex hormones that carry the most weight and cause the most danger when in decline.
If only one hormone was to be chosen over all the others to use in conjunction with a healthy diet, safe exercise routine and mental health regime, that would have to be Estrogen. The Estrogen balance is the key to optimum health as a sexually health woman is biologically in the prime of life.
QED if a woman can bring her mind and body back to this physical point in life, then it follows that good health will persist.
Just as with men there are a few common supplements that benefit us as we age, so apart from the sex hormones Estrogon, Progesterone, and Prolactin, we can see good reason to use some of the following products.
Nature Made Vitamin C is for anyone of any age because it’s considering a great anti-aging supplement with natural antioxidant that block free radicals associated with the aging process and heart disease.
In the 30’s , 40’s and on wards we can benefit from additional help;
Co Q-10 helps protect against cell damage thereby protecting the skin, the blood vessels, and the muscles, and even recommended for heart patients.
ENERGYbits Spirulina Tablets. An Algae based anti-aging supplement and immunity booster is a popular due to its many benefits including the ability to act as an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant.
Heliocare Derived from the fern plant this strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory prevents both UVA- and UVB-induced skin cell toxicity and DNA damage and should be taken at any age.
Moving into your 50’s and beyond we need protection from the more distressing of age related conditions.
Daily Turmeric has great qualities including protection against heart disease and dementia and also helps as an anti-inflammatory. Even the curcumin in turmeric helps combat high cholesterol levels.
Phosphatidyl Serine with amino and fatty acids aids in building and protecting cell membranes with particular importance in the brain. It has been shown to slow the rate of cognitive decline, help with depression, and even improve athletic performance.
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