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What foods affect progesterone levels?

Question from Kiki: I am curious if you know if/to what extent food (such as egg, chicken, cheese from cow's milk) affects progesterone levels?

A: Although food does not actually contain progesterone, some foods can support your body to make more progesterone.

Fiber is an important tool when it comes to getting rid of spent estrogen. Fiber therefore helps to prevent estrogen dominance, which in turn is beneficial to the estrogen/progesterone ratio. Foods that are high in fiber include.
* Whole grain cereals such as oatmeal and brown rice
* Seeds and kernels such as flaxseeds, quinoa, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds
* Fruits and vegetables
* Legumes

Zinc is an important mineral when it comes to the production of hormones. Zinc increases the production of follicle stimulating hormone(FSH) which in turn causes ovulation to occur. This ovulation is necessary so that the corpus luteum can form and produce progesterone. Foods high in zinc include.
* Fish, crustaceans and molluscs
* Pumpkin seeds
* Nuts (especially pecans)
* Red meat and poultry
* Whole grain cereals
* Legumes

Vitamin B6
Vitamin B6, like magnesium, has a positive effect on moods, fluid retention, tight breasts, weight gain, headaches and skin problems (acne) and helps the production of progesterone. Sufficient vitamin B6 can reduce the risk of miscarriage by 50%. Coffee and alcohol consumption lower B vitamins including B6 levels in the blood and thus are not recommended for hormone imbalance. Foods containing B6 include:
* Sunflower seeds
* Pistachio nuts, hazelnuts, walnuts
* Liver
* Unpolished rice
* Anchovies, salmon, trout, herring
* Turkey and chicken (organic)

Magnesium is an essential mineral when it comes to hormone production and therefore also supports the production of progesterone. In addition, magnesium also helps your blood vessels. Muscles and nerves to relax and can thus help when you suffer from a lot of stress, but also for example from cramps during your period. It helps to keep your blood sugar levels in balance and is needed for a good night's sleep, building bones and teeth and improving your memory and concentration. Foods with magnesium include:
* Green leafy vegetables such as spinach, kale, endive and chard
* Chocolate (at least 70%)
* Avocado
* Nuts (especially cashews, almonds and Brazil nuts)
* Legumes
* Tempeh
* Seeds such as linseed, pumpkin and chia seeds
* Whole grain cereals
* Oily fish
* Bananas

Vitamin C
Research has shown that a 750 mg daily dose of vitamin C causes an increase in progesterone in women with low progesterone levels. In some cases, the increase was as high as 77%. Foods containing vitamin C include:
* Bell pepper, spinach
* Red cabbage, kale, Brussels sprouts, mangetout
* Parsley
* Kiwi, strawberries, blackcurrants
* Olives

L-arginine is an amino acid that helps to increase progesterone production. You'll find it mostly in animal products and supports blood circulation. This ensures that enough blood flows to all major organs and also your fallopian tubes. This allows your ovaries and the corpus luteum (which produces progesterone) to work properly. Foods containing L-arginine include:
* Animal products such as meat, fish, poultry and dairy products
* Nuts and seeds
* Cocoa
* Eggs

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