July 24, 2004
Nutritional Supplements for Estrogen Dominance
In addition to your dietary program, the
following supplements can help to reduce estrogen levels.
Soy isoflavones have estrogen-like
effects similar to your own estrogen, but in a much weaker and less
toxic form. According to a 1992 study published in Lancet,
women in Japan, who regularly eat a more soy-based diet than American
women, are rarely troubled by such menopausal symptoms as hot flashes.
Soy isoflavones interfere with estrogen production and prevent the
hormone from binding to tissue receptors.
Bioflavonoids, found in the peel and
pulp of citrus fruits and buckwheat, are weakly estrogenic and can
be used as a safe, nontoxic substitute for estrogen. Many studies
have shown that bioflavonoids and vitamin C in combination also
strengthen blood vessels and thereby reduce heavy menstrual bleeding.
Essential fatty acids are critical
for reproductive health and must be supplied by diet. They can be
found in fish, nuts and seeds, but the most effective source of
fatty acids I’ve found are flaxseeds.
Ground whole flaxseeds and cold-pressed
organic, rich, golden flaxseed oil are also excellent sources of
the two essential oils, linoleic acid (omega-6 fatty acids) and
linolenic acid (omega-3 fatty acids). Flax oil is weakly estrogenic.
Flaxseeds are rich in lignanspart of the seed’s cellular structure.
When ingested, these lignans are broken down by intestinal bacteria
to weakly estrogenic substances. Flaxseeds are 100 times richer
in lignans than any other plants. (Caution: the seeds must be ground
into flax meal to release the fatty acids and lignans that deliver
the health benefits.)
Flax lignans both reduce your production
of estrogen and compete with your own more potent estrogen for tissue
receptors. In addition, flax oil is a rich source of omega-6 and
omega-3 fatty acids that your body converts to the series 1 and
Read More on Perimenopause:
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Estrogen and Progesterone Are Normally
Checklist for Estrogen Dominance
Keep it SIMPLE Tip Acupressure for Insomnia
Diet for Combating Estrogen Dominance
Nutritional Supplements for Estrogen
Nutritional Supplements to Promote Progesterone
Other Power Supplements for Perimenopause
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