Foods that contain estrogen

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Foods that contain estrogen
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There are many reasons to have an understanding which foods contain oestrogen, and which foods inhibit oestrogen production. Women who suffer from oestrogen deficiencies or a low sex drive may want to add foods that contain oestrogen into their diets. However, women who suffer from conditions like PMS, fibroid cysts, ovarian cysts, or have a high risk of breast cancer should consume foods that inhibit the production of oestrogen in the body.

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Importance of Estrogen

Oestrogen is the term for the female sex hormone that is produced by the ovary. It is responsible for all of the female sexual traits. Having enough oestrogen is essential for a female's body to be in proper working order, however, as a women ages oestrogen production decreases. So it may be useful to add oestrogen into the diet. There are also several medical conditions that result in low oestrogen levels which might find the addition of oestrogen rich foods beneficial.

It is important to keep oestrogen levels balanced in the body. Consultation with a physician can help to determine if extra oestrogen is needed to combat health problems.

Plant Estrogen Foods

There are many organic oestrogen rich foods found in the plant kingdom. These foods include vegetables, a few fruits, legumes, grains and seeds. It is important to note that not all plants contain oestrogen, and many plants actually inhibit the absorption of oestrogen in the body.

Oestrogen rich foods include alfalfa, apples, barely, beets, carrots, cherries, chickpeas, black eyed peas, cucumbers, dates, eggs, eggplants, garlic, oats, olives, papaya, peas, peppers, plums, pomegranates, potatoes, pumpkins, red beans, sunflower seeds, tomatoes, wheat and yams.

Dangers of Estrogen

People with a high risk of breast cancer should avoid foods that are rich in oestrogen. High amounts of oestrogen in the body can lead to breast cancer. Other medical conditions like PMS, as well as fibroid and ovarian cysts can be adversely affected by extra oestrogen in the diet.

Oestrogen Inhibiting Foods

Foods that actually inhibit the production of oestrogen should be eaten by people who need to control their oestrogen intake. These foods should be added into the diet on a regular basis.

Foods that inhibit oestrogen absorption include berries, broccoli, cabbage, citrus, corn, fruit, except for the fruit previously mentioned, green beans, melons, onions, squash, tapioca, white rice and white flour.

Soy Foods

According to Bio-medicine.com, the September issue of the American Association for Cancer Research journal reported in 2005 that consuming soy based foods can significantly lower the oestrogen associated with breast cancer. This is especially important for post-menopausal women. Popular soy based foods are tofu, soy cheese and soy milk.

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