Boost Your Progesterone Levels with These Nutrients and Foods

Today, I am going to talk about the infamous and extremely important hormone progesterone. I will be discussing some nutrients and foods that will help to boost progesterone.

What is Progesterone?

Progesterone is a sex hormone that helps to promote ovulation during the menstrual cycle. It has a very important role in achieving and maintaining pregnancy. It also has roles in supporting a healthy metabolism and thyroid function. It is helpful in blocking out androgen receptors, which can benefit things like PCOS symptoms, high androgens, high testosterone, and others. It’s also calming and anti-anxiety. It balances out with estrogen to help promote those symptoms and it also is helpful in reducing inflammation and it benefits hair and skin health. Progesterone is an amazing hormone. It’s super important for women’s hormonal health and fertility.

Reasons for Low Progesterone Levels

Reasons you might have low progesterone levels could be things like stress, oral contraceptives, hypothyroid symptoms that would interfere with progesterone production in the body, or PCOS that could also contribute to lowered progesterone.

Nutrients that Boost Progesterone

There are five nutrients that are essential for boosting progesterone levels.

1. Vitamin C

Vitamin C can be found in things like sweet potatoes, Kiwis, citrus fruits, oranges, lemons, pumpkin, broccoli, and lots of dark greens. Camu camu is a superfood that is high in vitamin C. It’s a like a berry that you can find in powdered form and add it to smoothies for a great way to get a boost of vitamin C.

2. Zinc

Zinc is essential for hormonal health overall for both men and women. It’s high in things like oysters, seafood, mainly meat and animal products like beef or lamb, pumpkin seeds, and nuts. Pumpkin seeds are a great source of zinc that can be included in seed cycling.

3. Magnesium

Magnesium is essential for good mitochondria production and supporting that. It can benefit sleep, joint pain, and has hundreds of roles in the body. Magnesium is a super important nutrient to get in across the board for boosting fertility, but especially for progesterone production. We can get magnesium from nuts and seeds, leafy greens like kale and Swiss chard, beans and legumes like black beans and lentils, fish, meat sources, and whole grains like brown rice.

4. Vitamin E

Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin that is really important for ovulation and supporting egg quality. It’s essential for boosting fertility and progesterone. Sunflower seeds, almonds, hazelnuts, avocados, asparagus, mango, and butternut squash are the best sources of vitamin E.

5. Vitamin B6

Vitamin B6 is very important for energy production. It can really help if you are already pregnant and dealing with some nausea. It can be found in foods like chicken, fish, potatoes, bananas, and chickpeas.

If you are struggling with low progesterone levels, try incorporating these nutrients and foods into your diet to help boost progesterone. Don’t forget to talk to your doctor or healthcare provider to find the best treatment plan for you.

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