Hormone Support Pack
The Vitality Rx Hormone Support pack is a combination of several single ingredient, high potency vitamins and minerals that all have their own specific function from hormone balance to hormone production.
Vitamins: DIM, Choline, EPA/DHA, Zinc, B Complex, Vitamin D, Selenium
Diindolylmethane (DIM) is produced by the natural breakdown of indole-3-carbinol in cruciferous vegetables like cauliflower, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, and kale by stomach acid upon ingestion. It’s well documented that a high intake of cruciferous vegetables is beneficial for immune health and normal cell replication, especially prostate and breast. Indole-3-carbinol and DIM are thought to play a big role in these protective processes.
Men can greatly benefit from DIM supplements because they free up bound testosterone and optimize its performance in the body. This lays the groundwork for a healthy hormonal balance, which is the foundation of good sexual, physical and mental health.
PROTECTS YOUR PROSTATE: Research shows that, over time, unmetabolized estrogen can accumulate in prostate tissue. This accumulation may be a precursor to increased levels of prostate-specific antigen protein (PSA).
Doctors use PSA levels to screen for prostate enlargement and prostate cancer. If your levels are high, then you may have an issue with your prostate. Recent studies have shown that estradiol causes the prostate gland to increase its production of prostate-specific antigen (PSA). The “good” estrogen metabolites promoted by DIM can inhibit the production of PSAs.
DIM also promotes a healthy testosterone-estrogen balance that is required for urinary tract health and nighttime bladder control.
Choline is one of the most important compounds our body needs. However, most of the Western population is massively deficient in choline. It impacts liver function, healthy brain development, muscle movement, your nervous system, and metabolism.
The use of cholinergic drugs, pharmaceuticals, and high-stress lifestyles, coupled with a general lack of dietary choline consumption has left many of us in a state of constant brain fog and irritability. Our brain heavily relies on choline for neurotransmission so it’s no wonder we feel out of sorts when our choline is low.
The arrival of choline prompts the release of nitric oxide, which is said to be the main center stage neurotransmitter and chemical mediator of erectile functioning. Essentially, choline sparks the fire that helps you maintain a healthy erection. Other hormonal benefits of choline are increased mood, energy, and motivation which can lead to an overall increase in sex drive.
EPA/DHA (Fish Oil)
Omega-3 contains a component called DHA, which is found in oily fish and fish oil supplements. But DHA is also found in significant amounts in two very important male body parts – the brain and the testes.
The brain is around 60% fat and around 20% of that should be made up of omega-3 fatty acids because they give brain cell membranes their structure. But it’s also found in the male sex organs where it forms the building blocks of healthy male sperm.
But while the DHA found in omega-3 is vital if you’re a man, you can only get this essential fatty acid through your diet or supplementation, your body can’t make it on its own.
Omega-3 fatty acids make up the membranes of all the cells of the body, but did you know that they’re also the precursors of locally produced hormones? This includes testosterone, which is the most influential hormone and has a huge role to play in male health.
Zinc is an essential dietary mineral. You need zinc for your immune system to function properly and for cell division. Zinc helps enzymes break down food and other nutrients. It also plays an important role in enzymes that build proteins. It can be found in certain foods, but it’s also available in supplements.
Having a zinc deficiency can lead to low testosterone. Exactly why a lack of zinc impacts testosterone levels isn’t fully understood. The mineral may affect the cells in the testes that produce testosterone. Even moderate zinc deficiency is associated with hypogonadism (also called testosterone deficiency) in men, a dysfunction of the testes that results in a failure to produce testosterone, sperm, or both.
Essentially, zinc is involved with multiple processes in your body that, if they break down, will shut down or downregulate sex hormone production. One of those is proper thyroid function.
Proper zinc intake helps keep your body functioning properly. This trace element plays an important role in wound healing and immune function, cell division, and the formation of DNA and proteins. It’s also vital for growth and development and influences taste and smell, and can potentially slow age-related macular degeneration.
There’s another important way this mineral can increase testosterone levels, and it’s also another one of the beneficial effects of zinc: it fights inflammation. Inflammation is tied to oxidative stress, a state in which there’s an imbalance between free radicals that can cause cellular damage and antioxidants. Zinc can diminish oxidative stress by acting as an antioxidant in the body to rebalance the two sides, and that’s a vital function of this mineral. And while oxidative stress is linked to many chronic diseases, it can also cause a drop in T levels because it can damage Leydig cells, which produce testosterone in the presence of luteinizing hormone (LH).
The entire B vitamin complex (B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9, and B12) each have a role in testosterone regulation. We don’t always get enough B vitamins in our diets, so it’s important to learn about them. Some B vitamins are easier to find in foods and supplements than others.
There are three major B vitamins that you should know about when it comes to vitamins for low testosterone. B12, B6, and B3 vitamins aren’t common in a lot of foods. You can get the latter two in most vegetarian diets, but with B12 you’re going to need some help.
B6 plays a major role in processing the protein, carbs, and fats you eat. B6 is also involved in the autonomic processes of your nervous and immune systems. B6 helps with memory, cognitive functions, energy levels, as well as testosterone production.
Vitamin B6 influences testosterone production by increased demand for androgens. When the body lacks B6, the brain increases estrogen levels. This vitamin acts as a counterbalance for hormone regulation. It is important to increase our intake of vitamin B6 as we get older, especially for testosterone production.
It also happens to increase the serum growth hormone and lower prolactin levels. This means that B6 can reduce the likelihood of developing breasts in men who take HGH supplements. It’s important to keep Vitamin B6 levels high to account for testosterone levels fluctuating throughout the day.
Vitamin B3 helps build muscle, reduce fat, and provide energy. You can never have too much B3, and you definitely don’t want to lack B3.
Vitamin B3 also helps regulate your cholesterol levels, both good and bad. This indirectly improves your testosterone, which is born out of cholesterol. Without proper B3 levels, the body struggles to convert all those proteins, fats, and carbs into energy.
This is one of those vitamins that we kind of take for granted when we’re healthy and young. As soon as we reach older age, a dip in B3 levels becomes immediately noticeable. One of the biggest inhibitors of B3 absorption is alcohol. Heavy drinking comes with a host of other problems, including potential B3 deficiency.
You don’t need a lot of vitamin B12, but if you aren’t getting enough of it, the consequences can be serious.When your body lacks enough B12, testosterone levels drop significantly. Vitamin B12 also impacts testicular health, sperm quality, and the number of sperm.
Outside of testosterone, high B12 levels result in more energy, more stamina, better digestion, and improved concentration. This is a main ingredient in the popular 5-hour energy shots, along with B6. B12 is also directly tied to overall mood and stress levels.
Vitamin D is typically associated with maintaining bone health and helping the body absorb minerals such as calcium and magnesium. However, recent research has revealed that this biomarker also regulates cell growth and the immune system while maintaining neuromuscular and cardiovascular health. Optimal levels of this overlooked vitamin are also crucial for athletes, as vitamin D stimulates muscle growth, increases power, and cuts unnecessary body fat.
In a 2011 randomized controlled study, researchers found men who were given a daily high-dose vitamin D supplement significantly increased their total testosterone, whereas there were hardly any changes in testosterone concentrations in the group given a placebo. These findings suggest that men deficient in vitamin D who take a proper vitamin D supplement may raise low levels of low testosterone.
Vitamin D plays an essential role in the development of skeletal muscle, which is the muscle attached to bones that help move the body. Adequate vitamin D is also instrumental in optimizing muscle strength and performance.
Even elite athletes can benefit from adequate vitamin D levels. In one study, researchers looked at the vitamin D blood levels of more than 200 college football athletes. Those athletes with lower levels of vitamin D had a higher prevalence of muscle strain and core muscle injury. Adequate levels of vitamin D are essential for high-level athletes and weekend warriors alike to optimize muscle strength.
Evidence for a link between vitamin D deficiency and mental health is growing as well. Vitamin D receptors are widespread in the brain, including the hippocampus, and it is thought that this nutrient may be a key player in our overall mental well-being.
Selenium is a compound that can be found naturally in many places. It is found in water, and in the soil, and is in surprisingly large amounts in Brazil nuts. Selenium is a known anti-oxidant, and plays a part in our metabolic process.
Aside from helping to boost testosterone levels in men, there are plenty of other benefits that selenium can provide for the human body.
Firstly, as it is an antioxidant, selenium helps to protect the body from the harmful effects of free radicals by producing the enzymes selenoproteins, which serves to protect the cells against premature aging. This then lowers the risk of neurodegenerative disorders, cancers and heart disease.
Secondly, hypothyroidism is a disease whereby the thyroid gland doesn’t produce enough thyroid hormone. This can then lead to weight gain, insomnia, constipation and depression. However, increasing your intake of selenium can help to thwart this. This is because the thyroid gland contains the highest amount of selenium than any other organ in the body.
Selenium forms a part of glutathione, an antioxidant enzyme that may provide protective effects against oxidative stress and cell damage. Supplementation with selenium may buffer some of the oxidative stress that occurs as a result of things like a poor diet, alcohol use and psychological stress, resulting in less cell damage and quicker repair and recovery.