Hormones are signaling molecules produced by glands for regulating our physiological and behavioral functions. They are very complex molecules with diverse chemical structures. Some of them are even antagonistic – they have completely opposite effects. For example, glucagon and insulin are an antagonistic pair. While glucagon promotes the release of glucose into the bloodstream by converting the stored glycogen (a process known as signal transduction), insulin helps the removal of glucose from the bloodstream for storage as glycogen (a process known as signal transduction).
Another example of opposite hormones is the antagonistic combination of ghrelin (also known as the hunger hormone) and leptin (the hormone associated with satiety). When we haven’t eaten for a while, the levels of ghrelin increase, which makes us hungry. When we eat, the ghrelin levels are reducing while the leptin levels are increasing, which leads to decreased hunger.
The job of our endocrine system is to help keep the balance between the different hormones. Thyroid, pituitary, and adrenal glands, ovaries in women and testes in men all secrete hormones with different actions. When our hormones are balanced, we are in perfect physical and mental condition. However, many factors like diseases, diet changes, or changes in the atmosphere may lead to hormonal imbalances that may cause undesirable symptoms and disorders. So, it is crucial to do everything you can in order to keep your hormones balanced. For that purpose, we will remind you of some herbs that have a balancing effect on hormones. These herbs are called adaptogens due to their well-known positive influence on human’s health.
Here is a list of the best herbs for balancing hormones.
1. Astragalus (Milk Vetch)
Milk Vetch is an irreplaceable part of Chinese Medicine due to its ability to treat many health conditions such as cardiovascular diseases, liver problems, respiratory infections, and asthma. It is also used for its immunity-boosting properties action as well as its anti-aging effect (that occur as a result of a compound called cycloastragenol, which activates the enzyme telomerase that protects the DNA of cells during cell division).
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