It is all too obvious that estrogen dominance is at an all time high! Many overweight men now carry body fat in a similar manner to overweight women with excess fat in the hips, glutes, and thighs. Women with high levels of fat storage in the hips, glutes, and thighs are also clearly estrogen dominant and need to address hormone balance.
Other symptoms of estrogen dominance in men and women include…
…poor mood, lack of focus, non-existent sex drive, poor sex function, water retention, difficulty losing fat and building muscle. In addition, too much estrogen contributes to prostate issues in men and too much estrogen contributes to a higher incidence of breast cancer in women.
Estrogen dominance rises when men fail to produce enough testosterone to keep estrogen levels in check. In addition, men often have high estrogen levels due to rapid conversion of testosterone into estrogen via aromatase enzymes. High exposure to xenoestrogens, stress, poor diet digestion issues, smoking, alcohol consumption are among the other common reasons why both men and women have excess estrogen levels.
So you can think of Estrogen Control (we like to call it “EC”), designed by Mike Mahler's Aggressive Strength company, as supplemental insurance to stack the hormone optimization deck in your favor and help ensure you achieve all of your health and fitness goals.
So what exactly is in EC? EC consists of potent extracts of Turmeric, Brassaiopsis Glomerulata, and Prunella Vulgaris. These are the three most effective natural ingredients for battling estrogen dominance.
EC consists of extracts of Turmeric, Brassaiopsis Glomerulata, and Prunella Vulgaris. These are the three most effective proven natural ingredients for battling estrogen dominance.
There are also numerous additional benefits that each of the ingredients in EC offer. Let's take a closer look at each ingredient.
Turmeric alone is a very effective estrogen blocker. It works by forcefully blocking estrogen receptors on the cellular level. The correct extract of Turmeric is so strong that some studies have suggested that it may be even more efficacious than the drug Tamoxifen at lowering estrogen without any of the side effects.
Also because turmeric is poorly absorbed, BioPerine¬Æ has been added to the formula to ensure you get all of the benefits.
In addition to being a powerful estrogen blocker, the benefits of Turmeric are endless and include:
Brassaiopsis glomerulata is an herb that has been used in China to relieve a variety of issues, including back pain and constipation.
But a few years ago, researchers ascertained that extracts of the leaves of Brassaiopsis glomerulata also have powerful anti-oestrogenic effects, making it a potent natural aromatase inhibitor. One study even showed it is as powerful as the leading aromatase inhibitor drug.
You guessed it, the same extracts used in the studies are in also used in EC to ensure you benefit from the estrogen blocking effects of Brassaiopsis glomerulata.
Prunella Vulgaris has potent anti-estrogenic properties via activation of the aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AHR). AHR is involved in protein expression in the body and its activation has been shown to interfere with estrogen receptor alpha (ERalpha) due to direct cross-talk.
Prunella also has a variety of other benefits including:
Serving Size: 1 Capsule – Servings Per Container: 90 (4 – 6 week supply)
Ingredients Per Serving %DV
Proprietary Blend 672mg **%
Turmeric Extract (Curcuma Longa) 222mg
Brassaiopsis Glomerulata Extract 222mg
Prunella Vulgaris PE 20:1 222mg
Black Pepper Extract (fruit) BioPerine¬Æ 6.5mg
Other ingredients: cellulose, water
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