Nutraceuticals and hormonal regulation

Nutraceuticals and hormonal regulation

The human body is made of¬†complex cellular organisation.¬†This complex structure¬†constantly strives to maintain¬†a constant balance of the internal¬†environment in the body what we¬†call as ‚ÄėHomeostasis‚Äô. Homeostasis is¬†essential for successful performance¬†of basic life functions, longevity and¬†good health. A very essential body¬†system which plays an integral part¬†to maintain this homeostasis is the¬†endocrine system. Endocrine glands,¬†which are special groups of cells,¬†make hormones. The major endocrine¬†glands are the pituitary, pineal,¬†thymus, thyroid, adrenal glands and¬†pancreas. In addition, men produce¬†hormones in their testes and women¬†produce them in their ovaries.

Hormones are chemicals (sometimes described as chemical messengers) that are produced from the endocrine
system. In simple terms, hormones¬†act as ‚Äėmessengers‚Äô by moving¬†around the body then conveying¬†instructions to the cells they interact¬†with. Hormones can affect many¬†aspects of the body and its state of¬†health, such as growth and development¬†(including puberty), Metabolism¬†including metabolic rate, Basal¬†Metabolic Rate (BMR) and the risk of¬†obesity, physical appearance (including¬†body shape), reproduction, sexual¬†function, emotions and emotional¬†responses.