5 Supplements For Gynecomastia
Gynecomastia (gyno) or man boobs has always been an unspeakable subject for men. Majority of men having gyno become too anxious and embarrassed to acknowledge this condition or to even get medical assistance. Due to lack of awareness, most men are clueless about what enhances the breast growth and how to overcome gyno.
In about 90% cases, gynecomastia results from hormonal fluctuation i.e. skyrocketing prolactin and estrogen and suppressed levels of testosterone and its potent form DHT. Where science has bestowed mankind with countless blessings, fortunately it has also suggested some supplements that can naturally restore the masculinity in men by fixing gyno.
Given below are the five supplements that work their magic by lowering prolactin and estrogen and elevating testosterone and DHT:
It is a byproduct of glucosinolate glucobrassicin, which is present in crusiferous veggies like kale, brussel sprout, cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli. Based on the studies conducted on isolated cells, it has been found that IC3 has the ability to lower the levels of estrogen. It accelerates the estrogen metabolism by liver by means of upregulation of enzyme called CYP1A2. It also assists in the conversion of estrogen into its non-potent form by means of downregulation of enzyme called CYPB1B.
A study on human subjects revealed evident reduction in estrogen levels in men and women after consuming IC3 in the dose of 6mg/kg daily for a week.
Hence for gynecomastia, IC3 can be very beneficial as it reduces the estrogen levels which triggers the breast growth in men.
Extract Of White Button Mushroom
There’s an enzyme called aromatase that converts the free testosterone into estrogen, a female sex hormone. This enzyme is the worst nightmare for men suffering from gynecomastia. Certain factors have a positive impact on aromatase levels such as, insulin resistance, alcohol and obesity. Thanks to Mother Nature, white button mushrooms have the ability to suppress the activity and synthesis of this enzyme.
The researches at Beckman Research Institute revealed that the extract of white button mushrooms successfully lowered the levels of estrogen and suppressed the activity of aromatase enzyme. These results were however dose-dependent.
It is a herb used in Ayurveda, the Indian healing system. Even when many people do not believe in the ancient herbal systems, nevertheless some herbs from Ayurveda have been scientifically proven beneficial for various conditions.
Mucuna consists of L-Dopa that converts into a hormone/neurotransmitter called dopamine, within the body.
Mucuna has the ability to elevate testosterone and dopamine levels and it also helps in lowering the levels of prolactin. Therefore, its use in gynecomastia can help in naturally fixing men boobs.
Choline is a methylator that has the ability to donate a methyl ring to the molecules of estrogen as they are not structurally complete. As a result, the estrogen molecules get methylated and become weak. It is also available as choline bitartate which is very cost effective.
Hence 1-3gm of choline/day can very efficiently reverse the effects of gynecomastia by simply methylating estrogen molecules.
Vitamin E is rich in antioxidant constituents. PUFAs (polyunsaturated fatty acids) are prone to being oxidized through the mechanism called lipid peroxidation. A diet high in PUFAs causes thyroid problems that subsequently result in elevated estrogen levels.
Vitamin E does the following functions:
- Suppresses the oxidization of PUFAs up to a great extent.
- Blocks the aromatase enzyme
- Acts as estrogen receptor antagonist
- Naturally reduces the estrogen levels
The above 5 supplements can be very helpful in naturally fighting off gynecomastia or men boobs. Their use must however be initiated upon a practitioner’s recommendation. If you are suffering from man-boobs, it is highly recommended to see a healthcare professional to ascertain the primary cause of gynecomastia and to restore normal hormonal levels in your body for a healthy sex life.
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