Prolactin, also known as the lactating hormone, is secreted from the pituitary gland. This hormone is able to induce gynecomastia in men. Hyperprolactinemia is associated with inflammatory conditions such as autoimmune diseases, including systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), rheumatoid arthritis (RA), multiple sclerosis and acute inflammation.
Signs of high prolactin:
- low testosterone
- low libido
- depressed well-being (low dopamine)
- pain or headache at the top of the head
- visual disturbances (visual field deficits, blurred vision, decreased visual acuity)
- scalp hair loss
- sore/itchy nipples
- anxiety, depression
- cognitive decline
- emotional instability
- growth arrest and delayed puberty (2)
Main prolactin stimulators include estrogen, low dopamine/high serotonin, high thyrotropin releasing hormone (TRH) due to hypothyroidism, cellular dehydration and cellular damage and physical or emotional stress (1). Prolactin levels between 4-7ng/ml would be optimal. In an earlier article I elaborated more on 5 most effective strategies on lowering prolactin so be sure to check it out.
Prolactin lowering stack:
- Vitex – 400mg per cap, 100 caps
- Mucuna Pruriens – 1200mg (180mg L-dopa extract) per serving, 83 servings
- Royal jelly – 500mg (3:1 concentrate, 6% 10-HDA) per serving, 120 servings (reduce prolactin mRNA) (3)
- Vitamin E – 400IU mixed tocopherol per serving, 120 servings. Start with 1-2 caps daily and work up from there.
- Androsterone – 1mg per drop, 240 drop. Start with 2 drops daily, 1 drop on each nipple, and work up from there if you feel the need.
This complete stack will lower prolactin significantly very quickly, and as a bonus, also lower estrogen and increase testosterone and DHT rapidly.