Boost Men's Health Naturally With Turmeric
Some non-hormonal health conditions (such as certain respiratory infections) are more common in men than women. However, most conditions that occur specifically or are more prevalent in men are typically related to an imbalance in hormones more plentiful in males (such as testosterone). Studies suggest turmeric may be able to help. (x.99-101)
The Effects of Hormones in Unexpected Places
Researchers are finding androgen hormones (such as testosterone) play a role even in conditions that at first glance don't seem to have hormonal factors. For example, according to U.S. statistics, bladder cancer is three times more common in men than in women. This greater risk in men still exists even when women have similar exposure to other bladder cancer risk factors (such as smoking and contact with toxic industrial chemicals). (x.100)
In 2007, scientists discovered the hormone connection that explained the difference in risk. Animals that didn't have receptors for testosterone in their bladder cells had much lower rates of bladder cancer than normal mice with these androgen hormone receptors. (x.100)
Conflicting Roles of Testosterone?
More obvious hormone-sensitive cancers and conditions involve the prostate. Both prostate cancer and enlarged prostate are testosterone sensitive. In fact, therapies for early stage prostate cancers seek to reduce testosterone metabolism to limit any stimulating effect of androgens on the cancer. (x.101-102)
Similar to female menopause, men experience a decline in hormones they've had an abundance of in younger years. While women have reduced levels of estrogen during midlife, men begin to have reduced levels of testosterone. The symptoms men experience are similar to those women have in menopause. (x.24, 101, 103)
Interestingly, the risk for both enlarged prostate and prostate cancer increases with age, even though as men get older testosterone levels decrease. In addition, abnormally low levels of testosterone are actually linked to increased risk and incidence of: (x.101, 103-105)
- Belly fat
- Chronic fatigue
- Decreased muscle strength
- Erectile dysfunction (impotence)
- Excessive emotionalism
- Heart disease
- Hot flushes
- Increased anxiety and depression
- Joint pains
- Loss of libido
- Metabolic syndrome
- Shorter lifespan
- Unhealthy cholesterol/triglyceride levels
- Weight gain
In other words, male hormones can both promote and protect men from dangerous diseases. So what explains what seems like contradictory roles of testosterone in male health? (x.101)
Hormone Balance is Key
- Androgen receptor activities
- Antioxidants and free radicals
- Estrogen levels
- Pituitary hormones
How Can Turmeric Help?
Homeostasis is the optimal balance between lots of different factors to maintain good health and slow aging. Research suggests that turmeric and its compounds may be able to help regulate factors such as hormones and free radicals and help keep men healthy. (x.101, 107)
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