Whether it’s multivitamins, herbs or green powders, there’s an endless selection of products for hormone balance on the market.
However, too many choices can also create overwhelm and analysis paralysis! So, I’ve put this article together to help simplify your search and give you a starting point.
This list includes essentials such as supplements, as well as complementary items like essential oils.
Since research is always evolving and new/better products are usually hitting the market each year, this list is subject to change.
Therefore, I recommend saving the link to this article. That way you can check back when necessary to see if there are any updates.
Last update: December 2020
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WHAT IS THE BEST VITAMIN FOR HORMONE BALANCE?
When we’re balancing our hormones, multivitamins often get overlooked in favor of herbs. But from my own personal and professional experience, a multivitamin is the single most important supplement for hormone support.
This is because the body uses nutrients to make hormones and to detox. Therefore, without sufficient amounts of the basic nutrients in your body, it’s harder to regulate your hormones, and it’s also harder to get rid of toxins.
Furthermore, hormonal imbalance adds to our everyday stress. And unfortunately, stress depletes our vitamin and mineral levels even more (source). So, this makes a daily multivitamin and mineral supplement even more necessary.
Now, as far as multivitamins go, there are two brands that I really like. They have their pros and cons. And I’m sharing both with you so that you decide which one makes the most sense for you at the present moment.
VitaMinHerb Women’s Multivitamin by Pure Synergy
- a blend of vitamins, minerals and herbs.
- organic, dairy-free, gluten-free, vegetarian and all around clean supplement.
- fermented, which is a huge plus because fermented supplements usually have better bioavailability (i.e. we absorb more of it).
- Concentrations of each nutrients is quite high compared to many other brands.
Beyond Tangy Tangerine 2.0 by Youngevity
- for many years this was my top recommendation because it also has a very high concentrations of nutrients. In fact, in some cases it has more than the other multivitamin above.
- however, it’s now my second choice mainly because it’s not fermented (even though it is whole food based, which is still excellent).
So, which of these two are better? It’s all about your personal preference.
If you want somewhat higher quantities of some nutrients, go with Tangy Tangerine. On the other hand, if you want a truly clean supplement that’s also vegetarian and easier to absorb, then VitaMinHerb is the best bet.
WHAT IS THE BEST HERB FOR HORMONAL BALANCE?
Given that every person’s body is different and different people can have different symptoms – even with the same diagnosis – there’s no perfect herb that works for everyone. However, there are herbs that have a history of helping with hormone balance. These include
- Vitex (aka chaste tree berry): helps with PMS and menstrual cycle; can be beneficial for menopause, fertility and fibroids.
- Red clover: contains plant estrogens and also supports the liver.
- Milk thistle: helps with healthy liver function and detoxification.
- Dandelion: supports liver detoxification.
- Red raspberry leaf: uterine tonic and a natural source of iron as well as vitamin C.
- Black cohosh: helpful for hot flashes, anxiety and sleep irregularities; some research indicates that it’s so beneficial for PCOS.
- Wild Oats (aka oatstraw): supports the nervous system and eases stress, insomnia and depression.
- Spearmint: lowers androgens and improves hirsutisim in women with PCOS; anti-inflammatory and rich in antioxidants.
- Ashwagandha: acts as an adaptogen (regulates cortisol levels based on each person’s specific needs); lowers inflammation; supports thyroid and adrenals.
As you can see from the list above, some herbs work on the reproductive organs while others work on the liver, thyroid or nervous system.
This basically highlights the fact that different systems affect our hormones. And the only way to harmonize our hormones is to also nourish those different systems.
So, given all this, one herbal blend that I particularly like is Women’s Balance by Gaia. It’s a blend of many of the herbs that are listed above and provides holistic support for liver, nervous system and reproductive organs. In addition, this herbal supplement is vegan so if that’s a priority for you, then this is the herbal supplement for you 🙂
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FAQs ABOUT PRODUCTS FOR HORMONE BALANCE
What tea is good for hormonal balance?
In terms of herbal blends, this Healthy Cycle blend from Traditional Medicinals is worth checking out. It contains red raspberry leaf, stinging nettle, dandelion, spearmint and other fantastic herbs for female cycle (and hormone) support.
As for individual teas that you can make at home ginger, hibiscus and chamomile tea are also beneficial for hormone health. For a complete list of my 10 favorites, read this post on 10 herbal teas for balancing women’s hormones.
Does turmeric help regulate hormones?
Turmeric is a natural anti-inflammatory and inflammation happens to be an underlying factor in hormonal imbalance. Also, turmeric is a liver-friendly herb. Taking these two factors into account, turmeric is definitely an herb to include in your hormone balancing diet.
For more details on the benefits of turmeric, as well as a delicious recipe for turmeric milk that you can use, check out this article on how to use turmeric for hormonal imbalance.
A good quality multivitamin is usually the best place to start when it comes to hormone balancing supplements. After that you can add on other things like herbs, green powders, or essential oils.
And speaking of green powders and essential oils…this article on supplements for female hormonal imbalance contains my top green powder choice for green powder. While it’s not a must-have for every single person, green powder are another way to naturally boost your nutrient levels.
Now, regarding essential oils…if you can only get your hands on one oil, then make it clary sage. It’s the queen of hormone-balancing oils and helps to:
- relieve menstrual cramps.
- lowers cortisol.
- regulate estrogen.
- improve insomnia.
- … and so much more!
For more details on clary sage and how to use it safely, be sure to read this article about clary sage for hormone balance.
As for which brand to use, this clary sage oil from Plant Therapy is my favorite. Also, if if you’d like a blend of oils, then Hormones for Women is my top pick. It combines clary sage with other hormone-friendly oils like geranium, ylang ylang and thyme.
I hope that this article was helpful and as always, if you have any questions or comments, leave your feedback below 🙂