Vitamins required for a hormonal imbalance

Updated February 21, 2017

Hormonal imbalances can cause unwanted physical effects. Particular vitamins play important roles in hormones and hormone imbalances occur when the body is unable to create appropriate amounts of hormones due to a smaller intake of certain vitamins. The ailments caused by these hormone imbalances can be fixed by adding in the missing vitamins. The best way to get these needed vitamins is to consume fruits, vegetables and meats that are high in these vitamins.

Hormonal Imbalance Effects

Hormonal imbalances of oestrogen in women can lead to symptoms like menstrual problems, oily skin, increased hair growth, exhaustion, vertigo, increased allergies, anxiety, decreased sex drive, headaches, obesity, depression, urinary tract infection, PMS and water retention. Glucocorticoid resistance can cause exhaustion, excessive androgen production and increased adrenocorticotropic hormone levels. Low androgen can lead to hair loss.

Vitamin B6

Vitamin B6 plays a large role in maintaining healthy hormonal balances. B6 affects oestrogen, progesterone, androgen and glucocorticoid. B6 is also necessary for converting food into glucose for storage, the formation of amino acids and the breakdown of toxic amino acids. B6 is also used to create neurotransmitters like serotonin, taurine, dopamine, norepinephrine and histamine. Foods high in vitamin B6 are tuna, bananas, chicken, turkey, cod, salmon, snapper, beef and halibut.

Vitamin B12

Oestrogen inhibits vitamin B12, which requires a greater intake of vitamin B12. Those with high amounts of oestrogen should increase B12 vitamin intake. Vitamin B12 is necessary for healthy mental function. Foods high in B12 are snapper, salmon, beef, lamb, scallops, shrimp, halibut and yoghurt.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C helps regulate thyroid hormone production and also reduces the amount of histamine in the body. Thus, vitamin C foods can be used to reduce allergies. Vitamin C is also an antioxidant, antihistamine and helps boost the immune system. As a result, vitamin C helps with stress and colds. Plus, vitamin C is water soluble, which means that excess vitamin C is flushed out with urine, preventing vitamin C toxicity. Foods high in vitamin C are red peppers, broccoli, strawberries, oranges, cantaloupe, kiwi and cauliflower.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E seems to help progesterone production, which can reduce excessive amounts of oestrogen. Vitamin E is an antioxidant for the skin, helps regulate vitamin A, reduces wrinkles, and protects the skin from skin cancer and sunburns. Vitamin E also protects the brain from Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases. Finally, vitamin E helps with menstrual pain and low sperm count. Foods high in vitamin E are almonds, sunflower seeds, olives, spinach and blueberries.

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About the Author

Charles Pearson has written as a freelancer since 2009. He has a B.S. in literature from Purdue University Calumet and is currently working on his M.A. He has written the ebooks "Karate You Can Teach Your Kids," "Macadamia Growing Handout" and "The Raw Food Diet."