Perhaps the area it is best known for is that of a hormone that helps block the detrimental effects of estrogen. In this regard, it helps prevent menstrual cramps, breast tenderness, and PMS in those women who are menstruating. In addition, it eliminates other problems caused by estrogen including asthma and migraine headaches, morning sickness, and helps to prevent all cancers caused by estrogen, including cancers of the breast, uterus, ovaries, cervix, colon, and prostate. Women with low levels of progesterone, such as all women on BC pills, can easily windup with fibroids, endometriosis, and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).
The second major area of benefit of progesterone, which is my own personal observation, is the effect it has on insulin. Insulin is a hormone that is closely associated with the causation of both obesity and type II diabetes, as well as many of the complications of diabetes. In addition, insulin raises blood pressure and is felt to be a major factor in speeding up the aging process. It is my feeling that progesterone blocks insulin receptor sites on cells, thereby helping to eliminate a drop in blood sugar (hypoglycemia). As a result, it prevents sleepiness between 3 and 4 PM, or after eating, or while driving. This ability to somehow block the effects of insulin also helps with weight loss; it is effectively preventing the action of the only hormone that is known to put on fat around the middle.
The third major area of benefit of progesterone is that it appears to block the action of adrenaline, and also helps to prevent the over-production of this very powerful hormone. Adrenaline is popularly known as “the-fight-or-flight” hormone, and excess levels can create anger, including road rage, as well as insomnia, restless leg syndrome, and teeth grinding. When anger is internalized, it can lead to depression, anxiety, fibromyalgia, IBS, plus other problems. As a neurotransmitter in the brain, adrenaline can cause the mind to race which can cause problems focusing – i.e. ADHD – or “brain fog”. It also causes urinary urgency as well as bed-wetting in children. In addition, adrenaline is probably the number one cause of unexplained weight gain. Leg cramps at night are also caused by adrenaline, and can be relieved within 30-60 seconds when applied to the area of cramping.
Because progesterone helps to lower both insulin as well as adrenaline, it can have a significant effect on the lowering of blood pressure and weight. I have also observed that progesterone can help infertile women get pregnant, and it can prevent or treat postpartum depression. Because it has an anti-insulin effect, progesterone is extremely beneficial for relieving neuropathy.
For more detailed information on progesterone, please refer to my book, “The Miracle of Bio-identical Hormones“, or to my manual, “The Platt Protocol for Hormone Balancing” which is only available at this time on my website
For those of you who feel that they may benefit from progesterone cream, I am able to offer the strongest pharmaceutical grade natural progesterone cream that is available without a prescription. It has been made according to my specifications.
It is a three oz. container, which is larger than most OTC progesterone preparations, and provides 50 mg of progesterone per pump. The price is $42 per container and can be ordered from my website