Natural Health Remedies For Hormonal Changes & Anti-Aging | Barron Report

Date: 01/01/2004    Written by: Jon Barron

The 30,000 Mile Tune-Up

As men and women enter their 30's, profound hormonal changes begin to take place in their bodies. If not addressed, these changes can lead to

  • Decreased energy and zest for life
  • Loss of muscle tone and increased fat
  • Circulatory problems and decreased libido

Hormonal Imbalance

Hormones are the body's chemical messenger system. They tell the various cells of the body what to do -- and when -- by attaching to specific receptor sites on individual cells. Adrenaline, for example, is produced in the adrenal glands and, at times of stress, tells the heart to speed up and blood vessels to narrow. Testosterone and the various estrogens, on the other hand, promote specific sexual characteristics.

Problems occur when the various hormones get out of balance. In previous newsletters, I already talked extensively about the need for both men and women to supplement with natural progesterone to counter the effects of estrogen dominance. For now, we will discuss the need for men and women to also reestablish the proper levels of testosterone and the adrenal hormones in their bodies.

The Testosterone Story

Both men and women need and produce testosterone in their bodies -- although in differing amounts. It is testosterone, in both men and women, that is responsible for:

  • Pumping up energy levels
  • Driving our desire to attack the day
  • Firing the need to succeed
  • Bonding us with our mates
  • Fueling our sexual desires
  • Elevating our levels of sexual satisfaction
  • Building muscle and burning off fat
  • Facilitating better circulation

Unfortunately, once we reach our thirties, available testosterone levels for both men and women tend to begin diminishing with age. Interestingly enough, in a 1986 clinical study, it was documented that it's not actual testosterone production that decreases as we age; but rather, it's the amount of free circulating testosterone that decreases -- as more and more of it gets bound to albumin and becomes unavailable for the body's use. These changes happen in connection with a natural substance called "sex-hormone-binding-globulin" or "SHBG."

Oral Contraceptives, SHBG & Long-term Sexual Problems

If you are like most women in modern society you have at some point in your life taken birth control, it combines safety with spontaneity – or does it? You may be shocked to learn that in the January 2006 issue of The Journal of Sexual Medicine, Oral Contraceptive's (OC) were linked with sexual health problems – even after discontinuing use!

In this small retrospective study, OC use has been associated with elevated SHBG levels and reduced bioavailable testosterone – again even after discontinuing use. In fact, women that were currently taking OCs at the time of the study had SHBG levels four times higher than those seen in women with no OC exposure. Women who had stopped taking OCs for 6 months were still 2 times higher in SBHG than women with no OC exposure.

Earlier research had shown increases in sex hormone-binding globulin levels with oral contraceptive use to be associated with a concomitant 40% to 60% decrease in free testosterone levels.

Lowered levels of bioavailable or free testosterone are believed to play a major role in women's sexual health and could place women at risk for decreased sexual desire, decreased arousal, decreased lubrication and increased sexual pain. So much for safety and spontaneity.

Fortunately, the use of herbs such as saw palmetto, wild oats, and nettles can reverse this process, increasing free testosterone levels an astounding 105% on average!!

Benefits for Men

SHBG binds not only testosterone, but all of the sex hormones including estradiol (one of the "active" estrogens found in both men and women). Normally, this binding serves as a storage system for excess hormones, but in men there is an additional problem.

SHBG also has an affinity for prostate tissue. In effect, SHBG can serve to bind estrogen to cell membranes in the prostate. This causes an increase in PSA secretion -- a prime factor in future prostate problems, including cancer. The wild oats and nettles found in a men's testosterone balancing formula work together to reverse this binding process, thereby reducing the likelihood of prostate problems.

In addition, saw palmetto has been proven to help the prostate in two additional ways. First, it inhibits the 5-alpha-reductase enzyme, which causes testosterone to be converted into a substance called dihydrotestosterone, which stimulates the growth of prostate tissue. And second, saw palmetto has been proven to exert an anti-inflammatory effect on prostate tissue.

Benefits for Women

Surprisingly, women are far more vulnerable to testosterone level changes than men. The reason is simple: they have so much less to work with. When even a small amount of their available testosterone gets bound to SHBG, the results are profoundly disruptive:

  • Loss of energy
  • Loss of will to do anything
  • Loss of motivation
  • Loss of interest in spouse and loss of libido
  • Loss of fulfillment from sex
  • Loss of muscle and significant increase in body fat -- the prime reason women start to gain so much weight as they move into their 40's.
  • A significant increase in the risk of breast cancer -- since bound SHBG is no longer available to lock up excessive estrogens.

Regular use of a women's testosterone balancing formula can help to significantly reverse and/or prevent all of the above conditions.

Shared Benefits

Testosterone balancing formulas work naturally in both men and women to enhance sexual desire, sensation, and performance. The effect on human sexual appetite is powerful. Both men and women can feel a boost in sexual desire - sometimes after only a few hours. Both men and women experience an increase in frequency of orgasms while taking wild oats & nettles, while many women experience a dramatic 68% increase in multiple orgasms. Men also reported multiple orgasms while taking the wild oats and nettles combination.

The Adrenal Hormones

Also by the time we are 30, most of us have seriously depleted our body's ability to respond to stress. Stress is normal to be sure, but the continual stress of modern living -- from high pressure jobs, fighting traffic, worrying about world events, etc. -- keeps us in a constant state of "heightened response" that eventually wipes out our adrenal reserves. The net result ranges from high blood pressure and impaired immune function to chronic fatigue and digestive problems.

The standard response is to increase consumption of artificial stimulants such as caffeine or nicotine or alcohol -- and even overeating. These "solutions" are, in fact, no solution at all. Although they may temporarily mask the symptoms of adrenal exhaustion by providing an artificial "boost," they serve to further exhaust the adrenals leading to irrevocable harm to the body.

Fortunately, there is a class of herbs known as adaptogens that naturally helps to rebuild adrenal function and restore hormonal balance. Foremost among the adaptogens is ginseng. Ginseng has been shown to:

  • Increase stamina
  • Revitalize the body
  • Increase life span
  • Counteract chronic fatigue
  • Improve resistance to stress
  • Improve sexual function in both men and women
  • Enhance immune function

Both the men's and women's formula contain wildcrafted organic ginseng.

The Bottom Line: Balance Hormones

Every single man and women over 30 should seriously consider putting their bodies on an ongoing hormonal balancing program. In addition to using progesterone creme to help balance progesterone and estrogen levels, both men and women should use testosterone balancing herbal formulations for that 30,000 mile TuneUp.

Men's Formula

Contains: Ginseng, Tribulus Terrestris, Muira puama, Wild oats, Nettles, Eleutherococcus, Saw palmetto, Sarsaparilla, Catuaba, Damiana, Kola nut, and Ginger.

In addition to all of the benefits that have already been discussed, it is worth mentioning that saw palmetto and muira puama have both been proven to inhibit -- and in some cases even reverse -- male pattern baldness.

Women's Formula

Contains: Damiana, Muira puama, Mucuna pruriens (kapikachhu), Siberian ginseng (now usually labeled as Eleuthro root), Saw palmetto, Wild oats, Nettles, Kola nut, Ginger, Wild yam, Licorice, Sarsaparilla, and Puncture Weed.

For women, in addition to all of the other benefits that have been mentioned, some of the herbs in this formula have also been proven to help alleviate the symptoms of PMS and menopause and to inhibit the incidence of breast cancer.

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    Submitted by ashish sethi on
    December 7, 2011 - 1:37am

    please tell me that what are symbol which shows the that there is a change in body in females after 35

    Submitted by Chris Harris on
    September 25, 2011 - 10:11am

    Thank you for the natural remedies, totally appreciate them ,have to say these remedies will definitely serve me big time, please keep updating..You are a great help indeed. Chris Harris

    Submitted by Eric Wee on
    October 19, 2011 - 2:33am


    I am curious about the natural health benefit from the moringa leaves.Many claims have been made, if you can kindly express your input. Thanks

    Submitted by Courtney on
    August 22, 2013 - 4:23pm

    I'd like to know more about the Moringa leaves as well. I just read that it is some sort of fantastic "superfood". I'd like to know the real deal and can always count on Jon to give it to us straight :-)

    Submitted by BaselineFoundation on
    August 22, 2013 - 5:33pm

    The information on Moringa that has been appearing on the View and Dr. Oz is both true and misleading. For example: a typical claim for Moringa is that it contains 15x more potassium than bananas, 26x more iron than spinach, 17x more calcium than milk, 10x more vitamin A than carrots, 15x more fiber than wheat and 2x more protein than egg. Sounds exciting, until you factor in serving size. If you get dried moringa leaf powder, a typical dose is just 800 mg.

    But a typical glass of milk weighs in at 240,000 mg. That means that although moringa is more efficient, a typical glass of milk contains 300 mg of calcium VS just 1.9 mg in a serving of moringa powder, and some of that calcium is bound up and unusable as calcium oxilate. As for vitamin A, a typical carrot contains 8.3 mg of vitamin A. 800 mg of moringa contains .004 mg of vitamin A. 

    You get the idea. Moringa is a great food, but less than advertised when used as a supplement.

    Submitted by Yani on
    July 23, 2012 - 7:39am

    I just read the article hormonal changes file 30's & natural alternative remedies and I thank greatly from my heart for the information you share with all of us struggling with all the changes came from your getting older. I need to know more about it, because I have 32 years of age, I recently completed a process of graduation from a masters degree and internships for 3 years with a lot of stress and gained a lot of weight during these years. Besides, I didn't exercise over this years and now I find it so difficult to regain the same energy and motivation. For now, I wonder if the herbs you mentioned in the article are available in a single supplement or have to take them separately?, Even if there are specific measures to eat them? I would appreciate very much your answer.

    Submitted by BaselineFoundation on
    July 23, 2012 - 12:39pm

    Hi Yani,

    Luckily, Baseline Nutritionals sells a formula exactly like this, look for "Women's Formula."  You can find the link on our products page.

    Submitted by Lebo on
    April 30, 2012 - 2:58pm

    Hi there

    I am a 32, female. I have never had period pains in my life but in the past 7months I have been having restlessness when ovulating. Cramps on my lower abdormin, tummy blowting and looking pregnat. I am told it is due to hormonal changes. But is that all there is to it???
    Just concerned.

    Submitted by BaselineFoundation on
    April 30, 2012 - 3:15pm

    Hi Lebo,

    I would just read some of the articles in our "Women's Health" topic under "Health Topics" above:

    You should also check out the article on progesterone creme.


    Submitted by Candace on
    June 18, 2012 - 11:56am

    I’m a 31 year old mother of two. I recently had a baby a year ago, the past three months I have been having severe cramping before & during my period. I usually have a fairly light flow but the past three have been very heavy. I’m just concerned because I been in a lot of discomfit & wondering if it’s to do with hormonal change or body changing in my 3o’s?

    Submitted by BaselineFoundation on
    June 18, 2012 - 7:21pm

    Hi Candace:

    You might find this article interesting

    Submitted by Heath Davilla on
    December 24, 2012 - 10:43pm

    Blog very meaningful and handy to us all because it is providing a good discussion about the hormonal changes of human body which is so important to know. Knowing about this matter through this blog I am so pleased and can say that you have done a good job at all.

    Submitted by cis on
    July 28, 2013 - 2:41pm

    What nettles are we talking about for women? Nettle leaves or root? Nettle root extract is generally marketed at men, The same applies to saw palmetto.
    Is it really safe for me (48 year old woman) to take these and in which amounts?


    Submitted by BaselineFoundation on
    July 29, 2013 - 10:47am

    We’re talking about the entire herb, although mostly the above ground parts. Nettles used as a tonic of the female system goes back to the Native American women who used it throughout pregnancy and as a remedy to stop hemorrhaging during childbirth.It is considered one of the best all round women's tonics. It also plays a role in reducing dihydrotestosterone (DHT) levels, which makes it useful in moderating hair loss in women. And finally, nettle is particularly effective when used in combination with saw palmetto.

    As to amounts, it depends on who is doing the formulating, how it’s mixed with other herbs, and what quality herbs you’re using. Here is a link to Jon Barron’s version of a women’s formula.

    Submitted by Bee on
    October 22, 2013 - 10:35am

    What is jons opinion on maca and holy basil (tulsi)?

    Submitted by BaselineFoundation on
    October 22, 2013 - 12:57pm

    When doing a search on the site, Jon states, "Royal Peruvian Maca powder is also very good for balancing the hormones."  For holy basil, all I found is that Jon discusses this about holy basil:  "Also, an extract made from holy basil (AKA tulsi leaves) can be used to bring down fever quite effectively." - See more at:

    Submitted by Faye on
    December 15, 2013 - 5:06am

    I have high cortisal from stress and I have weight gain, like 8 lbs. How do I deal with high cortisol and get my weight off?? I have exercised but not much results happen. I want my energy to return. I am in my 60's. Please help me with this. I have read about ginseg. But my weight is a problem.

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