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Below, is a compilation of my ongoing research and findings regarding "estrogen dominance". From my understanding there are food additives and chemicals in the environment which have xenoestrogens (synthetic) which mimic estrogen in the body and 'use up' the available estrogen receptors, leading to "excess" estrogen circulating and hormonal imbalances. By avoiding the xenoestrogens and even consuming the naturally occurring phytoestrogens (which block the xenoestrogens from using up the estrogen receptors), hormonal balance can be reclaimed naturally.
Here is one perspective of phytoestrogens and xenoestrogens.
Here are an alternative 60+ studies regarding the benefits of phytoestrogens.
xenoestrogens and understanding estrogen dominance
There are specific nutrients which are related to hormonal balance. Have you had saliva testing done? There is commonly an association between androgen levels and estrogen levels. Both can be elevated. Read on the iodine thread also about the relation to thyroid receptors being blocked by halides also. The hormones are all interrelated. My understanding is that all 5 hormones need to be saliva tested: thyroid, progesterone, testosterone, estrogen and cortisol, multiple times during the day.
Thyroid 101 and then there are the hormones related to PMS, irritability and rage...
Estrogen-like actions of Red Clover Leaf Infusions
Black Cohosh Root does not stimulate the production of estrogen, but it may compensate for low
or highly variable levels of estrogen during menstruation or in the menopause.
Methionine promotes the excretion of estrogen.
Are you eating any eggs, lentils, yogurt, seeds?
methionine- is an essential amino acid that cannot be synthesized in the body. Methionine is a precursor for the other sulfur amino acids, cystine, taurine, and glutathione. It has the ability to be a methyl donor to other molecules, which is essential in formulating RNA and DNA. Methionine is necessary for the absorption, transportation, and bioavailability of selenium. In order to be properly utilized, methionine requires the help of its cofactors -- Vitamins B6, B12, choline, folic acid, and magnesium.
Methionine is an antioxidant and, because it has a methyl group, it can combine with active free radicals. However, its derivative, homocysteine, is a powerful oxidant. Adequate levels of B6 are required to allow this harmful compound to be reconverted into an antioxidant substance called cystathione. A high meat intake with an inadequate supply of B6 would produce this type of situation, as would high methionine supplementation without additional B6. The result is cardiovascular disease.
Methionine is important in the treatment of rheumatic fever and pregnancy-induced toxemia. With the help of choline and folate, methionine is a chelator for heavy metals and helps remove them from the body.
Women on birth control pills could also look at this nutrient, since it promotes the excretion of estrogen.
Methionine is found in good quantities in meat, fish, beans, eggs, garlic, lentils, onions, yogurt and seeds, soybeans.
Foods high in methionine include:
· Cottage cheese (dry) 1,200 mg/cup
· Cottage cheese (crmd) 854 mg/cup
· Fish & other seafoods 2,000-3,500 mg/lb
· Meats 750-2,500 mg/lb · Poultry 1,500-2,000 mg/lb
· Peanuts, roasted w skin 640 mg/cup
· Sesame seeds 1,400 mg/cup
· Dry, whole lentils 350 mg/cup
Found this list of estrogen found in foods. Have been reading that foods high in glutamate and asparate are associated with migraines and hormonal imbalances.
Basically, foods lower in glutamate and aspartate:
1) Fruits, berries
4) Lamb and eggs are relatively low (compared to beef, chicken, turkey)
5) Tree nuts (e.g. pecans, walnuts, macadamias) NOTE: These are relatively low when compared to peanuts and cashews.
Also, magnesium is inhibitory of glutamate. From what I read lentils could be consumed whole, unprocessed because of the natural presence of magnesium in them, which can be lost in processing. This is a bit beyond my understanding, but they are saying "methylation detoxes estrogen." "And when I eat gluten, my methylation goes to sh!t, I can watch in my cycle how I have a lot more high-estrogen days".
I'm wondering if you've noticed any correlation between the estrogen issues and consuming gluten? Or glutamate foods? Here is a list of high glutamate foods: tomatoes, corn, parmesean cheese, peas, milk, rice, peanuts, casein, beans, seeds, meat, flax, sunflower, cashews, almonds.
This is the methyl detox overview.
Folate, vitamin B12, vitamin B6, and methionine are necessary for the methylation process. Food sources of methionine.
Happened upon this (contradicting but) fascinating article about estrogen dominance. I'm going to look about Kudzu tea.
Research on soy, red clover and flax seed has shown that phytoestrogens have the following properties:
1) they have the ability to prevent the body from over-producing estrogens (ie. they act as anti-estrogens just like the synthetic cancer-preventing drugs, Tamoxiphen and Raloxifene, for preventing breast cancer and osteoporosis
but without the increased risk of uterine cancer and blood clots of the synthetics);
2) they are powerful antioxidants;
3) they prevent the formation of new blood vessels that feed cancer cells (anti-angiogenic);
4) they are anti-proliferative and inhibit cancer cell growth (Setchell and Cassidy 1999).
Phytoestrogen-rich foods and supplements have been found to be efficacious for preventing and even reversing menopausal problems and osteoporosis in older women and prostate cancer in men and may turn out to be the most important cancer cures yet discovered (Bracher, F. 1997; Brinker, F. 1993/94; Stephens 1997;
Rickard et al. 1998).
Phytoestrogens in other types of beans also have these properties, such as peanuts, pinto beans, chickpeas and black beans.
Additionally, this was an informative and thought provoking article!
I was intrigued/perplexed by the advocation of phytoestrogen. It seemed contrary to what I'd always "heard". However, the discussion seemed a bit more 'informed', about the receptor sites and how they differ. I'm curious to learn more about it. Of course, as soon as one 'group' determines one thing, another will dispute it with new science down the road, it seems. LOL The T3 T4 thing with the thyroid is relevant too. And I often see a "conclusion" based upon isolated variables, without awareness of the other relevant concerns.
I thought the article very interesting.
Just read this, "The way to deal with over zealous estrogen is to eat more cruciferous vegetables and curried foods. These foods help the liver to metabolize the hormones better, including estrogen. "
A lady just had a class this weekend with Susan Weed. She wrote this to my inquiry:
Chickweed is good :) She didn't talk a lot about it, mentioned it in passing, but then it was hard to get very in depth about too many topics. This is what she had to say about phytoestrogens: phytoestrogens are phytosterols. Phytosterols are precursors to hormones (created when our bodies ferment the phytosterols). These counter the effects of chemicals, block the action of organochlorines. Women with lots of phytosterols are 400xs less likely to get breast cancer.
The soy phytoestrogen is only one kind, isoflavones, which if exposed to/eaten prior to breast formation can be protective, but if started eating after breast formation (which is where most of the breast-cancer age population of women are now with the introduction of soy into all our food after we started developing breasts) has a negative, cancer enhancing effect. In Japan if it's eaten more than twice a week (I'm guessing not fermented soy, but not sure) there is a higher incidence of Alzheimers.
Isoflavones are a long path estrogen, like the estrodiol produced by the ovaries when the eggs mature (and linked to breast cancer, hence the issue with increased # of mensturations over a woman's life being linked to increased breast cancer risk). Red clover is ideal for breast cancer because it has short path estrogens which beat the long path estrogens to the estrogen receptor site. Not clear why that's helpful but she called red clover "herbal tamoxofin" which is a drug used to block the estrogen (long path) from making it to the receptor sites and is used
for breast cancer treatment. >>
She recalled that there were "different" types of phytoestrogens. With food folate and folic acid, it is the same. The fast folic acid 'gets there first' and blocks the ability of the food folate to do its job.
This makes sense that there are short and long path phytoestrogens. Fascinating.
Per Susun Weed:
* "If you are overweight, do something about it. Because fat cells convert other substances into estrogen, extra weight increases estrogen levels. Fibroids in obese women may not shrink after menopause. (What causes weight gain is a complicated topic, and beyond the scope of this article.)
* Avoid foreign estrogens (xenoestrogens). Many chemicals, pesticides and pollutants double as strong estrogens in the body, skewing the balance. Hormones added to commercial meat, poultry and dairy are definitely unwanted.
* Eating a variety of fresh, whole foods increases your intake of compounds with weak estrogen-like activity (phytoestrogens). These mitigate high estrogen levels. There are many herbal phytoestrogens as well.
* Sometimes the problem isn't excess estrogen, but rather, a compromised ability to clear estrogen. Fiber can help (especially flax, rye, buckwheat, millet, oats and barley). Your liver changes estrogen into a harmless metabolite so it can be excreted. If you've had hepatitis or taken drugs, your liver needs extra support (options include Milk Thistle and increasing your intake of cabbage family vegetables).
* Women with hormonal problems are often advised to reduce their intake of saturated fat from animal products. I have no proof, but I suspect the real reason some improve on this regimen is that they are not ingesting the xenoestrogens concentrated in the fats of commercially-raised animals."
And iodine is a whole 'nuther variable in hormonal balance. The absence of iodine and the excess of halides from the food and environment) impairs the thyroid function which is inseparable from the other hormones and their balance.
Caution supplementation of iodine as many women with thyroid issues have Hashimoto's. Iodine can throw you into a hyperthyroid crisis. http://drknews.com/iodine-and-hashimotos/
Dr. Datis Kharrazian and Dr. David Brownstein are contemporary thyroid specialists. I'm more inclined to consult a professional herbalist and TCM specialists for natural alternatives than supplement isolated iodine.
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