Lignans Are a Good Natural Alternative to Hormone Replacement Therapy
Lignans are a natural way to supplement estrogen with plant estrogens which are safer than normally occurring endogenous estrogen.
The goals of traditional hormone replacement therapy are to alleviate symptoms of menopause and to reduce the risk of osteoporosis. Typically hormone replacement is a supplementation of existing hormones due to hormone levels diminishing as the patient ages. Usually during perimenopause or menopause, estrogen levels, progesterone levels or both drop to a point that menopause symptoms occur. Hormone replacement is a treatment used to add additional estrogen or progesterone to the body to supplement existing levels and bring them back to normal levels. Short term hormone replacement is usually very safe but long term hormone replacement can be dangerous. Breast cancer for example is dependent on estrogen. If estrogen is absent the cancer cells die.
Menopausal symptoms are temporary and if they are not severe then using lignans are a more viable alternative than traditional hormone replacement.
Other types of hormone replacement include estrogen, progesterone and testosterone. Purposes for hormone replacement may include menopause (the most common) or to prevent osteoporosis or for transgender transformations or in men for testosterone boosting.
Since there is such a strong link to hormone replacement therapy and breast cancer conventional treatments are usually used as a last resort. Using a natural way to augment estrogen levels with the use of lignans is a much better alternative.
Natural Hormone Replacement Therapy
Lignans naturally regulate the body’s production of estrogen due to their phytoestrogens. They replace endogenous estrogens in a much purer and healthier form, thus helping to maintain weight, treat acne, balance hormones, and shift hormone metabolisms. Night sweats, hot flashes, and weight gain can occur during perimenopause and menopause as a result of hormone imbalances. Lignans are a natural means to restore that balance. Lignans’ ability to modulate and balance the body’s hormones allow natural estrogen to be developed while simultaneously preventing xenoestrogens (estrogens that are not natural and therefore harmful to the body) from being created. They are a safer and more natural alternative to hormone replacement therapy.