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Hormonal Balance & Free Testosterone
Testosterone is a male sex hormone made in the testes and the adrenal glands. Most testosterone in your blood is bound to albumin or sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG) and is unavailable to the body. Unbound testosterone is bio-available (free) testosterone. The amount of free testosterone is directly related to masculinity, male energy, strength and performance. Free testosterone can be increased by inﬂuencing production factors or by preventing free testosterone from turning into bound testosterone sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG) and dihydrotestosterone (DHT). We can positively affect the production of free testosterone by increasing the sterols and by decreasing hormones circulating in the blood, that inhibit the production of free testosterone. Andropause is the slow but steady reduction in testosterone and other hormones that occur with aging. The main symptoms are: loss of libido and potency, loss of muscle mass, depression, nervousness, insomnia, fatigue, inability to concentrate, erectile dysfunction, frequency of urination, loss of memory and sweating. Reduced amounts of free testosterone can also be a result of diet, exercise and elevated hormones including cortisol, estrogen and cholesterol. These hormones are connected via the endocrine system and when elevated, have a negative reciprocal effect on free testosterone. Cortisol is a catabolic hormone that is elevated under stress. Elevated cortisol disrupts the testicular testosterone production process and upsets the delicate balance of luteinizing hormone (LH), follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH), and prolactin. Stimulating the production of luteinizing hormone helps our body create free testosterone.
Male Hormone Support Herbal Extracts Rhodiola, Ashwaganda, Holy Basil and Siberian Ginseng are adaptogenic herbs which are clinically shown to manage cortisol levels. Resveratrol is a powerful antioxidant and along with 3,3 Dindollyl Methane (DIM) has been shown to reduce estrogen levels. This results in stimulating luteinizing hormone to produce testosterone. Tribulus, Fenugreek and Tongkat-Ali increase luteinizing hormone by providing plant sterols. These sterols are converted through hormonal pathways to produce more total testosterone and increase levels of free testosterone. Saw Palmetto and Stinging Nettle block the interaction between free testosterone and bound testosterone (SHBG and albumin bound testosterone). These herbs also prevent the interaction that changes testosterone to DHT. DHT is found in higher concentrations in those suffering from benign prostate hypertrophy (BPH), and in cases of male pattern baldness. Prairie Natural’s Men’s line supports the changing needs of a man’s body.