Progesterone for men

by Rebekka

Wray, I am wondering what the best approach is for men. My husband is on testosterone because he is 56 and seems to benefit from it. I have recently been sharing my progesterone with him and it helps him with calmness and brain fog. I am wondering if he should remain on testosterone, or just take the progesterone. Thank you very much.

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Jul 08, 2010
Progesterone for men
by: Wray

Hi Rebekka That's generous of you! It is as beneficial for men, as it is for women. I'm not sure why he's using the testosterone, it does help muscle fatigue. But the jury is still out when it comes to libido, in fact it seems that progesterone has more to do with this than testosterone. Please see the following papers... Brain Research Reviews 51 (2006) 136-143 and The Aging Male , Volume 7, Issue 3September 2004 , pages 236 - 257 Progesterone does help both males and females with brain fog and calmness. It helps stabilise blood glucose which is often implicated in brain fog, ask him to avoid all starches and sugars. This means all grains, starchy roots and fruits, and those high in glucose/sugar. And of course any food which contains these. Progesterone also calms, as it activates the GABA receptor sites, GABA is one of our most calming neurotransmitters. Please see the following papers... European Journal of Neuroscience Volume 16 Issue 1 Page 169 Issue 1 - 173 - July 2002 and Brain Res. 1987 Jan 6;400(2):353-9 The first paper mentions allopregnanolone only, this is a metabolite of progesterone. In other words the body converts progesterone into allopregnanolone, which has the affect of raising dopamine. This is often too low in people who's mind works overtime, who find concentration difficult, focusing difficult too. I suggest he tries tyrosine, the amino acid precursor to dopamine. Start on 500mg/day and increase gradually, as too much can cause the same symptoms to come back. He could also try the amino taurine, up to 5000mg/day. This is a remarkable amino, not only helping to calm, but it lowers cholesterol, vital for the heart and eyes, the immune system and muscle fatigue and cramps. I take 5000mg/day. I can't advise on whether he should stay on the testosterone, but I would suggest he tries the aminos I've mentioned. It seems he's more in need of these. Plus avoiding those foods I suggested and increasing his protein intake, organic if possible. Take care Wray

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