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Preventing Degenerative Disease

Hormones and Degenerative Disease

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Melatonin - Sleep aid and aid with Throid function
Melatonin is a naturally occurring hormone. In humans, melatonin is produced in several tissues, including the brain (pineal gland), retina, and GI tract. In the brain, melatonin synthesis is stimulated by darkness. Once synthesized, it enters the blood stream and acts as an endocrine hormone involved in sleep regulation and a number of other cyclical physiological functions. Daily biological rhythms thought to be influenced by melatonin include activity/sleep, core body temperature, immune function, antioxidant defenses, blood pressure, feeding, and glucose regulation.

Please note that melatonin supplements are not sleeping pills. Oral melatonin supplements support the body’s natural circadian rhythms and help promote healthy sleep. When taken an hour before bedtime, melatonin supports the natural rise in melatonin that typically occurs before sleep.

Melatonin may not be compatible with certain medications or medical conditions. Please consult your physician before taking a melatonin supplement if you are pregnant, nursing, taking a prescription drug, or have a medical condition.

Phytoestrogens

Licorice root (Glycyrriza glabra) has a long history of use in Chinese medicine where it is known as the "great harmonizer." It is frequently added to mixed botanical preparations to balance herbs and to promote digestion and vitality.

Licorice root extract may be helpful for treating symptoms associated with premenstrual syndrome (PMS). Studies have shown that the extract has estrogenic activity and may help to regulate the estrogen-progesterone ratio.

Daily intakes of high doses (over 50 grams) can potentially upset potassium balance and increase the risk of hypertension in some individuals.

For additional information (including a list of references), please refer to the licorice root technical bulletin at:
http://www.usana.com/dotCom/company/science/components.

Phytoestrogens - Phytoestrogens may help address a number of women's health issues relating to hormone changes and hormone release patterns.
* Can help provide relief from menopausal symptoms
* Can help maintain bone mass and sound cardiovascular function*

Did You Know?
* Bone health and risk of heart disease are common health concerns during and after the transition into menopause.
Usana Health Sciences: PhytoEstrin

Hormone Cofactors:
Trace minerals are essential for normal growth and metabolism, assimilation and utilization of vitamins and other nutrients, and for making the enzymes, hormones, and other chemical messengers the human body requires.

Boron is a non-metallic mineral present in the human body in trace amounts. Dietary boron influences the activity of many metabolic enzymes, certain hormones, and the metabolism of several micronutrients, including calcium, magnesium, and vitamin D. However, the biological function of boron in humans has not yet been clearly established.