There is an extremely insightful ‘questionnaire’ inside The Hormone Diet in particular (I think it’s in the Carb Sensitivity Program too, actually) that allows you to determine what hormones you may be over, or under, producing. Obviously, a quiz isn’t as accurate as blood work, however it is a great way to frequently keep tabs on your hormonal balance (or lack there of) without the hassle of requesting lab work.
Recently, I completed the assessment and was pleasantly surprised by most of my results. Everything seemed to ‘pass’ without falling into the warning zone (though some came close like “Low Thyroid” and “Low Estrogen”), with the exception of one. “Low Progesterone” certainly came up as a red flag!
Of course, this makes perfect sense! The ovaries secrete Progesterone after ovulation occurs. And given that my POF (Premature Ovarian Failure) keeps me from ovulating…well, you get the point.
So the book goes on to talk about a natural treatment plan for those who fall into the warning zone of each of the hormone imbalances. That’s where I came across Evening Primrose Oil.
I’d heard of it before, but I’d never taken the time to really explore its benefits, so I decided to do a little bit of research.
Evening Primrose Oil is know to help:
1. Relieve PMS, menopause, menstruation, Endometriosis and fibrocystic breast discomforts.
2. Ease joint pain and swelling from Rheumatoid Arthritis.
3. Prevent Diabetes-associated nerve damage.
4. Reduce Eczema symptoms.
5. Treat Acne and Rosacea.
6. Combat damage from Multiple Sclerosis.
7. Treat Alzheimer's-related memory issues.
8. Counter Infertility
9. Nourish nails, scalp, and hair. And,
10. Naturally increase Progesterone levels.
I’m sure this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to benefits, but I’m already convinced! I plan on hunting down this lovely little oil soon and adding it into my supplement regime.
Just remember though, Evening Primrose Oil is high in Omega 6’s. While this isn’t a bad thing ‘per se’, it’s noteworthy. In our diet’s, it’s important that we aim to have balanced Omega 3’s and Omega 6’s in order to achieve optimal health. While the 6’s are very easy to get via diet (there hidden everywhere!), the 3’s aren’t so readily available. And too much 6’s without enough 3’s can cause a whole slew of illnesses. So, my suggestion: if you’re going to supplement with Evening Primrose, make sure you’re also taking Fish Oil and Flaxseed regularly for their strong Omega 3 presence. This will help to keep your body functioning at it’s best!