Bioidentical hormones. Synthetic hormones. Which are better?
That debate has been ongoing for several years. The answer is the one that works better with the human body.
Why Are Hormones Important?
The human body uses hormones to signal different organs and structures within the body to perform certain functions. As you begin to age, the hormone mixture begins to change.
Replacement hormones are one way to slow down, or reverse, declining muscle mass, decreased libido and lack of motivation.
Today, replacement hormones usually come in two forms: bioidentical and synthetic.
What’s The Difference Between Bioidentical And Synthetic Hormones?
On the surface, bioidentical and synthetic hormones seem the same as both are created in pharmaceutical laboratories. Because they are created in the lab, many in the medical and scientific community do not recognize the difference between these two forms of hormones. However, if you look beneath the surface, you will see significant differences between the two.
The first difference comes in the ingredients used to create these hormones. Synthetic hormones are those created from man-made, chemical compounds. Bioidentical hormones, on the other hand, are created from plant-based sources. Thus, one is synthetic, the other is natural.
The more significant difference between the two is how the body reacts to each. Synthetic hormones, those created from chemical compounds, have a molecular bond that the human body does not recognize. This unrecognized bond prevents the body from metabolizing the synthetic hormones efficiently. The improperly metabolized synthetic hormones may act as carcinogenic toxins within the body.
Bioidentical hormones are synthesized from plant sources and retain the natural chemical bond from those sources. That means bioidentical hormones have a molecular bond that the human body recognizes. This allows the body to process the bioidentical hormones the same way it processes hormones produced by the human body. They also do not have the side effect of releasing toxins within the body.
Which One Is The Better Choice?
In a direct comparison, bioidentical hormones are definitely the better choice. They come from plant sources instead of man-made chemicals; they have a chemical bond that the body recognizes; and the body can efficiently process them with no leftover toxins. For these reasons, if you are considering adding replacement hormones to your regimen, bioidentical hormones are the way to go.
Bioidentical hormones are only one way you can fight the aging process. If you are looking for ways to turn back the clock and regain your youthful appearance and vitality, talk with the experts at Matrix Age Management. We have a complete program to help our patients age with health and grace.