How Does Light Therapy Affect Our Hormone Levels?
The way that the hormone-producing tissues respond to light waves is something scientists have been researching deeply for some time now. They’ve discovered that light has a profound effect on glands such as the pineal gland and thyroid gland, just to name a few. Hormones that have been found to be “boosted” by PBM include serotonin, melatonin, thyroid hormones, and various sex hormones in both men and women.
How Does this Benefit my Overall Health?
Some men suffer from abnormally low testosterone levels, for one reason or another that is out of their control. Low testosterone levels can lead to side effects that have an overall negative effect on the man’s life. Side effects such as moodiness and fatigue can become incredibly debilitating.
Women also can reap hormone benefits from light therapy. Studies have shown that PBM helps to stimulate the production of important female hormones such as progesterone and estradiol. Both of these hormones are incredibly important during pregnancy. PBM helps to stimulate the cells that are responsible for producing these vital hormones in men and women.
What Science is Telling Us
“These results suggest that alpha 2u-globulin possibly stimulates the male gonad by inducing pituitary gonadotropins” Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24592797
“Researchers found the body levels of luteinizing hormone grew by 69.5 percent in the men while they were exposed to the high levels of light.” Source: https://consumer.healthday.com/women-s-health-information-34/female-hormones-health-news-388/light-therapy-may-boost-hormone-levels-512866.html