With every product promising to be a miracle fix, it’s hard to know where to start with supplements for female hormonal imbalance.
And here’s a truth that not many people talk about: choosing a supplement isn’t just about finding one that has your specific health issue on the label (i.e. the label says “for menopause,” “for menstrual cycle” and so on.
Making the best supplement choice is really about understanding ingredients and how they support not just your hormones, but the systems and organs that affect your hormones (like the liver, the gut and so on).
So, with the goal of (hopefully!) simplifying your search, I’ve put together this article with products and brands that I consider to be trustworthy.
We’ve got a lot of ground to cover so let’s dive right in!
Note: This post also contains some affiliate links and I earn a commission (at no additional cost to you) if you use them to make a purchase.
WHAT IS THE BEST SUPPLEMENT AND MULTIVITAMIN TO BALANCE HORMONES?
Here are my picks for the best hormone-friendly supplements:
- Hormone Harmony – Best Overall
- Live It Up (formerly Enso) Supergreens – Best Greens Powder
- Green Juice Powder – Runner up Best Greens Powder
- Moon Balance – Best for Cycle Support
- Maca Powder – Best Single Herb
- Beyond Tangy Tangerine (BTT 2.0) – Best Daily Multivitamin
- Pure Synergy Vitamins – Best Fermented Vitamins
1. Hormone Harmony – Best Overall
When I first came across this supplement, the thing that struck me the most was that they had 10,000+ reviews, most of which were 5 stars.
Even when their ads have come up on my Facebook feed, I have been amazed by how many people leave positive feedback about the product (if you’ve ever looked through comments for Facebook ads, you know it’s not usually a heart-warming experience!).
So, what are people saying about Hormone Harmony?
Well, many of the reviews mention improvements related to:
- menopause systems like hot flashes, night sweats and insomnia.
There are also some reviews that mention some initial weight loss as a result of taking this supplement. While it’s not mentioned as frequently as the other symptoms listed above, I did notice it as I went through some reviews.
Now, when it comes to the ingredients, you have many herbs that you expect to see in a hormone balance formula, such as:
- vitex (aka chasteberry).
But I think that where this supplement differs – and the reason why a few reviewers mention weight loss benefits – is because it contains berberine and gymnema.
Berberine is an herbal extract that has been studied for its ability to improve insulin sensitivity, while gymnema is an herb that regulates blood sugar (and is said to also curb sugar cravings).
Lastly, there are also herbs like fennel (excellent for digestive support and easing bloating) as well as chamomile and rosemary (classified as “nervines” aka herbs for nervous system support).
As you probably already know, there are many different factors and systems in the body that affect our hormones.
By combining adaptogens, nervines, herbs for insulin sensitivity and more, this supplement works hard to address the many different factors that contribute to hormonal imbalances.
2. Live It Up (formerly Enso) Supergreens – Best Greens Powder
When I first came across Enso Supergreens (now called Live It Up Supergreens) powder online, I didn’t pay much attention to it.
Probably because there are so many powders on the market that it’s hard to tell what makes any one of them unique.
Ironically, the company eventually reached out to me, asking me to check out their product. I initially ignored the request, but then decided to take a closer look. That’s when I realized that this was the closest thing to my own dream product (if I was ever to make one!).
After getting a free sample from Enso, here’s what I like about it:
- no “natural flavor” which, in many cases is actually synthetic.
- a sweet mint flavor all thanks to real mint powder and monk fruit extract.
- does not clump up, even when mixed into cold water.
- the package includes a breakdown of the nutrients that you get from the product. Green powders don’t always tell you how much you’re getting in terms of nutrients, so I was really happy to get this info!
- contains herbs that are known for being very rich in minerals (horsetail and stinging nettle).
- includes a variety of nutrient-dense plants like moringa and aquatic greens (chlorella, spirulina).
- no adaptogens. I’m in a phase of life where my body doesn’t respond well to adaptogens. And a good number of green powders will include them. While that’s not a bad thing, I am personally staying away from powders that contain them.
- includes digestive enzymes and probiotics for gut health.
My overall impression is that this powder is helping me restore my nutrient levels. You see, I’ve been going through a stressful phase. Stress always depletes our nutrients.
In addition, my periods had gotten lighter, with darker blood on the first few days (often a sign of low progesterone, which can happen during high stress times).
About 1.5 weeks into using this powder, my period started and my flow was healthier.
I still have a ways to go with reducing stress and replenishing my nutrients, but I think this powder helped. It was the only thing I added to my routine (besides drinking diluted apple cider vinegar once a day).
All, in all I will continue to use this powder. It’s been a very pleasant addition to my routine and everything about it just speaks to me!
3. Green Juice – Runner Up for Best Greens Powder
If you’re looking for a greens powder that comes with some extras, this is the one.
The main “extras” in this powder is the adaptogenic root, ashwagandha, which is known for balancing cortisol levels.
Besides ashwagandha, other key ingredients include:
- Anti-inflammatory herbs: inflammation leads to more cortisol production, which can subsequently throw off other hormones (such as insulin and estrogen). This powder contains turmeric and matcha, which are some of the best anti-inflammatory herbs.
- Leafy greens: there are aquatic greens (spirulina and chlorella) and terrestrial or non-aquatic greens like moringa and wheatgrass. One thing to note is that aquatic plants are always very rich in nutrients compared to non-aquatic plants.
Aside from the above ingredients, this powder also has beet root powder, lemon, mint, monk fruit and coconut water all of which likely contribute to its pleasant (minty) flavor.
NOTE: this powder used to be my top green powder choice. However it does contain natural flavors which I’m not always a fan of (because they can still be synthetic). Also, if you’re someone who doesn’t do well with adaptogens, the Green Juice isn’t for you because it contains ashwagandha. Now that I’ve come across Enso – which has no natural flavor nor adaptogens – I’ve put this Green Juice as the runner up. Still a quality product, but personally, I would reach for the former.
4. Maca Powder – Best Single Herb
Maca root has become one of the most sought after herbs for women’s health because it:
- has a long history of use in Peru for hormone support during all phases of life.
- supports the function of the hypothalamus and pituitary. These two glands regulate the hormones that other glands – including the thyroid, ovaries and adrenals – produce.
- has been shown to help symptoms like low libido, hot flashes, depression and anxiety.
My preferred way to take maca is to put the powder in oatmeal, smoothies or warm milk.
I also suggest getting the gelatinized powder because it’s already been cooked (it doesn’t actually have gelatin in it) and is easier to digest compared to raw maca.
5. Moon Balance – Menstrual Cycle Support
What stands out most about this powder is that it focuses exclusively on herbs that are traditionally used to support women’s hormones and the menstrual cycle: shatavari, maca and hibiscus.
The ingredients in this blend can be particularly helpful for PMS, menstrual irregularities and for supporting the body during menopause.
Here’s an overview of the main herbs in this powder:
|Considered the go-to female tonic in Ayurvedic medicine.
Traditionally used to bring balance to the menstrual cycle and hormones.
Has adaptogenic properties that support a healthy stress response.
|Supports hypothalamus (master gland in the endocrine system) and pituitary gland (which communicates with other glands, such as the thyroid, ovaries and adrenals).
Traditionally used for hormonal and fertility support in men and women.
Used for menopause symptoms such as vaginal dryness and low libido.
Has adaptogenic properties that support a healthy stress response.
|Traditionally used to support the menstrual cycle.
Has cooling properties that makes it one of the go-to herbs for hot flashes in Ayurvedic medicine.
Supports healthy blood sugar levels, liver health and weight loss.
|rich in vitamin C which helps to boost progesterone; regulates blood sugar levels; anti-inflammatory; supports liver health and detoxification; helps with regular bowel movements.
|rich in vitamin C; used in Ayurvedic medicine to support female health.
Last but not least, this is a very clean formula that is organic and completely free of gums, fillers and processed sweeteners.
6. Beyond Tangy Tangerine (BTT) 2.0 Multivitamin – Best Daily Multivitamin
I have long been a fan of Youngevity’s BTT 2.0 multivitamins because it’s an all-in-one formula.
In fact, to call it a multivitamin is to oversimplify what the product offers.
The reality is that this supplement contains vitamins, minerals, prebiotics, probiotics and amino acids. This makes it one of the most complete supplements you could buy (saving you from having to buy tons of other individual supplements).
In terms of why you’d want a complete formula, let’s take a look at how a few vitamins affect hormone balance and overall health:
- Vitamin E: an antioxidant that helps to ease inflammation and provides relief from menopause-related symptoms like hot flashes (source).
- Vitamin D: supports healthy thyroid function, regulates insulin and blood sugar levels, may improve all aspects of fertility (such as conception rate, live birth rate and miscarriage rate).
- Vitamin B3: acts as a relaxant and stress reliever that supports healthy sleep, and also helps with anxiety and depression.
- Vitamin B5: necessary for the production of cholesterol, which is a precursor for the production of sex hormones and adrenal hormones (source).
- Vitamin B9 (folate): essential for fertilization and implantation, relieves PMS symptoms, supports cognitive function and improves mood swings (1, 2).
- Vitamin B7 (biotin): stabilizes blood sugar levels, supports thyroid and adrenal glands, and also supports a healthy metabolism.
As a side note this supplement proved to be very helpful for my cousin many years ago when she was struggling with post-hysterectomy weight gain.
She had tried bio-identical hormones, low calorie diets, fasting, exercise…nothing helped! When she started using this supplement, the weight started to come off without her having to make any changes.
In addition, I’ve received similar feedback from multiple Youtube subscribers over the years who confirmed that this product helped them kickstart weight loss.
Having said that, I’m not suggesting that this supplement is a magic fix for weight gain. I’m just pointing out that for some reason, that’s been the thing I’ve received the most feedback on.
7. Pure Synergy Vitamins – Best Fermented Vitamins
As much as I like the BTT vitamins, I have also been diving into Pure Synergy’s products for one reason: they use fermented vitamins.
The big advantage here is that the fermentation process makes the nutrients more bioavailable, so you absorb more (which is what we want from a supplement!).
Now, in terms of products, I personally like and have used their basic daily multivitamin which you can find here.
While it doesn’t pack in a ton of nutrients like many other products on the market, it provides the essentials and I find that it’s a good complement to a healthy diet.
HOW CAN I BALANCE MY HORMONES WITH SUPPLEMENTS?
In order to get the most out of supplements, keep these guidelines in mind.
- To make things easier on yourself, look for blends that have multiple ingredients. You won’t have to juggle tons of different herbs or pills.
- Eating a hormone-friendly diet is essential because even the best quality supplement is not a substitute for a healthy diet. A supplement is an add-on to your diet and can help you get better results (sometimes in a shorter amount of time). For more insight into what to eat for your hormones, use this hormone-balancing diet plan (it includes a free download).
- Do your research before combining lots of individual herbs. I personally lean toward herbal blends like the ones listed above because usually, the manufacturer has put everything in the right ratios. Less risk of making a mistake (which can happen easily when you to take herbs individually).
So, there you have it! My top picks for supplements that can help you nurse your hormones and body back to health.
Now, if you’re wondering “do I need to use all of these together?” the answer is: it totally depends on your diet, lifestyle and health history.
Start with one and then see how your body responds. You may find that one quality supplement is all you need.
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