Simple and Inexpensive Saliva Hormone Testing
If you’re here at Lost Empire Herbs chances are you know the importance of hormones like testosterone. While there are signs and symptoms, like depression, irritability, difficulty focusing, ED, reduced muscle mass, low libido, less zest for life and more, you can look at and feel for it your hormones are working well or not, getting the hard numbers from testing is great too.
We’ve partnered with a lab to make these simple and relatively inexpensive saliva hormone tests available to you.
Armed with the numbers you can better target your actions, and even taking of select herbs, to help optimize your hormone levels.
About Saliva Hormone Testing
Saliva testing of hormones has been based on more than twenty years of practice. Many consider it the preferred method of hormone testing for its ease of use, and less expensive price, than blood or serum testing.
In addition, saliva testing measures only the active and bio-available levels of hormones rather than total or bound levels. The saliva reflects active tissues concentrations. Many consider this more accurate than blood or urine testing.
Between 97 and 99% of steroid hormones in your bloodstream are “bound” by proteins such as sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG). These hormones in the saliva, however, are “unbound” by proteins and thus free or bio-available.
We have two options for you, the basic and the comprehensive assessments.
Basic Saliva Test
Comprehensive Saliva Test
- 17OH Progesterone
- AM melatonin
- AM cortisol
A little bit about each one of the tested hormones:
Testosterone – The most famous of the androgens, what is commonly thought of to make men men. What is measured here is just free testosterone, the kind able to exert its androgenic effects.
Estradiol – This estrogen is formed mostly by the aromatization (an enzymatic reaction) that transforms testosteone to estrogen. While some is needed for healthy effects in men, too high and you’re in trouble.
DHEA – A weak androgen, one that is primarily formed in the adrenals, it is considered a hormone of anti-aging as it balances out stress.
DHT – The most potent androgen, three to ten times as much so as testosterone. Actually responsible for many of the effects that are attributed to testosterone. Very important to have the right levels as both too high and too low can be problematic.
Estrone and Estriol – While 80% of male estrogens are in the form of estradiol, these two additional estrogen metabolites play an important role in hormonal health.
Progesterone – Far more important in women than men, but optimal progesterone levels are also needed in men. It is a precursor to all androgens, helps modulate DHT and counteracts the effects of estrogen in men.
AM Cortisol – Your body’s major stress hormone. Levels peak in the morning to help you get ready for the day and decline throughout the day. Too much, too little or abnormal fluctuations throughout the day can have deleterious effects for sleep, recovery, body fat and immunity as well as cause imbalances in other hormones such testosterone, estradiol and thyroid
NOTE: If stress is an issue for you then we recommend that you upgrade your assessment to include an Adrenal Upgrade which assesses cortisol on four saliva samples collected throughout the day. You’ll see the option in your shopping cart after your choose your assessment.
AM Melatonin – Melatonin is the hormone largely used for sleep, and it also acts as one of the major antioxidants in the body.
Androstenedione – A precursor to testosterone and weakly androgenic itself.
17OH Progesterone – A metabolite of progesterone which can then be converted into androstenedione and serves an important role in creation of our stress hormones including DHEA and cortisol.
The All-Important T/E Ratio
What Dr. Rick Cohen calls “The Masculine Ratio” this ratio of testosterone to estradiol will determine the balance of your sex hormones towards the masculine or the feminine.
And remember that these are bioavailable amounts of these hormones showing you what is actively going on in your body.
For men the ideal salivary testosterone to estradiol (T/E) ratio should be greater than 40:1.
Bonuses with Each Test Purchased
#1 Nitric Oxide Assessment
We will include 3 strips with each saliva assessment so you can test your nitric oxide levels at home. This important chemical is used for cardiovascular health as well as in erections.
#2 – The Truth About Testosterone ebook
Dr. Cohen’s 75 page hormone restoration program to give you more information on all these hormones and what you can do about them.
#3 – Email Interpretation of Results
Complete a short survey, and along with your test results, you’ll get a brief evaluation by email.
If you’d like more information, when ordering your test you can sign up for a discounted follow up consultation with Dr. Rick Cohen as well.
Coupon codes and our refund policy do not be apply to these assessments. All sales are final.