Decreasing hormone levels associated with menopause, andropause (“Male Menopause”) and aging naturally occur. This can be alleviated, and even corrected by taking supplements. There are many natural supplements that can ‘boost’ your body’s “low-level” hormones. At VIP Aesthetics, we’ll design a specific and safe supplements’ plan for you. The supplements’ information listed here is intended to be informative – because our goal is to keep our patients “in the loop” with today’s most up-to-date research and technology.
Some of the key supplements that naturally stimulate the body’s hormone production and help you to maintain a good “body-balance” are:
L-Tyrosine: a nonessential amino acid (protein building block) that the body synthesizes from phenylalanine, another amino acid. Tyrosine is important to the body’s protein structures. This supplement can help you with alertness, to increase your general ‘sharpness’ and focus. It is found naturally in most dairy products, meats, fish, wheat, oats, and other protein-containing foods. Not everyone needs L-Tyrosine as a supplement, and some patients are advised to not take it, so our physician will discuss if it’s right (and safe) for you.
L-Glutamine: an amino acid that can stimulate HGH to help you ‘battle’ the anti-aging process, increase brain function, and stabilize blood sugar levels. Taking it can improve your body’s overall nutritional state.
Glutamine, Glutamate, & GABA: are neurotransmitters – the “chemical messengers” that our brain needs to function. GABA is an important “brain fuel”. Taking it can provide energy if your body’s glucose (another important brain fuel) level is low. It’s helpful for focus, concentration, memory, alertness, and for improving mood. Glutamine helps to stop further decline of your body’s sugar levels. It also stimulates a form of glucose (glycogen) that your body stores, so that can be released to help your blood sugar return to normal levels. It increases the cells that line your intestinal tract as well (critical to maintain your GI metabolism, structure & function). Playing a pivotal role with its ability to balance the body’s nitrogen levels, it is also critical to effecting the body’s ability to heal. Not everyone should take Glutamine, so the Doctor will discuss if it’s right for you.
Pregnenolene: is a steroid hormone that stimulates DHEA, sex hormones, memory, and aids in memory function. It is often referred to as the ‘mother steroid compound’ because it is the basic raw material for all steroid hormones in the body. Pregnenolone itself is not a steroid hormone. Taking it as a supplement can reduce allergic reactions, buffer the effects of stress, and lessen arthritis inflammation – with no known negative effects. It may offer many post-menopausal women a natural alternative for estrogen-replacement therapy because it converts into DHEA which in turn converts into estrogens. The Doctor will discuss medical and health conditions that you may have, to determine if this supplement is right for you.
Melatonin: is a hormone produced in the brain by an amino acid. Melatonin supplements have been used for a variety of medical conditions, mostly to treat sleep disorders. Melatonin possesses antioxidant activity, and many of its proposed therapeutic or preventive uses are based on this property. This supplement is one that should only be taken after consulting with a Physician, as certain pre-existing medical or physiological conditions may result in adverse effects.
DHEA:is a hormone produced by our bodies secreted by the adrenal gland. Its production levels begin to slow down when we become about 30 years old. As a supplement, DHEA is used for “anti-aging”. Maintaining adequate levels in our bodies – and a precise balance associated with its presence, that our physician will discuss with you – DHEA can help to aid and improve conditions such as sexual dysfunction; osteoporosis; obesity; and to relieve symptoms related to women’s menopause, or for men (called “andropause”); depression, and other medical conditions. Supplementing with DHEA is only recommended after consulting with a licensed healthcare professional, who will not only supervise your dosages, but will determine if DHEA supplements are ‘right’ for you.
Adrenal cortex: Your body’s outer portion of the adrenal gland (located on top of each of your kidneys) is called the adrenal cortex. When properly functioning, it helps to maintain salt and water balance in your body, and is also integral to effectively metabolize carbohydrates and regulate blood sugar. An adrenal cortex supplement supports adrenal gland function, and increases energy and stamina for such conditions as Chronic Fatique Syndrome (CFS). By nourishing the adrenal glands with a supplement, it also stimulates the creation of cortisol, which assists in the metabolism of sugar and protein. People whose immune systems are compromised, and women who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or women who are planning to become pregnant should not take this supplement.
Before taking any supplements or medications, we recommend that you consult with a physician.