Points on Estrogen Part 1

  • High fat around the hip and low stomach is correlated high estrogen in that area and is linked to problems such as cysts, fibroids, PCOS and cervical cancer. 
  • Reducing estrogen refers to evening the balance between E:2 and E:16 not eliminating it completely. This is done by ensuring that the liver can metabolize estrogen beneficially as E:2 and not E16.
  • As in the menopause low levels of estrogen are linked with osteoporosis and bone degeneration. Keeping a stable balance of estrogen is vital for bone mineralization and reducing risk of osteoporosis.

Where do all these estrogens come from?

Xenoestrogens are chemical compounds, pheno estrogens are in herbs and spices. All xenoestrogens are harmful, some phenoestrogens are thought to be beneficial, some harmful.

Chemicals (xenoestrogens) used to make plastics and petrol closely mimic the chemical structure of estrogen and so act like it in the body, binding to receptor sites in cells.
These are in the water from chemical spills and waste and women’s urine.

  • Xenoestrogen sources
  • Sunscreen
  • Food preservatives
  • Hormones given to cattle to fatten them (outside UK)
  • Plastic softeners; i.e. food boxes and plastic bottles
  • Insecticides, pesticides on foods
  • Lubricants, adhesives, paint
  • PVC and detergents
  • Solvents
  • Nail polish
  • Paint
  • Lubricants
  • Perfume
  • Lotions
  • Alcohol; beer, hops.
  • Sugar alcohol, sweeteners, E numbers are xenoestrogens.

What Do I need to do?

The 4 ways to eliminate estrogen imbalance

  1. Eat anti estrogenic food; inhibits negative estrogen production or metabolises it favourably
  2. Liver detox; liver is the site for estrogen metabolism; detox the liver to allow correct metabolism. If the liver is compromised trying to detoxify the body from all the foods you are eating, it can’t metabolise estrogen or fat favourably.
  3. Exercise and fat loss are antiestrogenic. Obese men have the highest levels of circulating estrogen associated with fatigue, stress and disease.
  4. Eliminate estrogenic food and chemicals; traditionally reared, pesticide free foods only.

3 critical lines of defence

  1. Cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, sprouts, cabbage), citrus fruits, omega 3 oil, organic dairy, estrogen inhibitors. (Inhibitors; passionflower, chamomile flower, cruciferous vegetables). Avoid soy as it inhibits progesterone and increases and mimics estriodol.
  2. Foods that promote progesterone in women, testosterone in men. Plant sterol rich foods; nuts, seeds, avocado, olives
  3. Liver detoxifiers; green veg, fruits, herbs, spices. These enhance the effects (co factors) of the above 2. Include berries, apple, papaya, pineapple, legumes, oats barley, turmeric, oregano, thyme, rosemary, sage, milk thistle, dandelion root, shilijit, Alma berries, ginger, and gotukola.

Organic Dairy is good as it contains conjugated linoleic acid which is anti estrogenic potentially via the same mechanism as omega 3’s affecting omega 6 promotion of estrogen.
Conventional dairy may have a negative affect.

Women with low progesterone and men with low testosterone need more fat in the diet.

The most effective way is to eat antestrogenic food, with estrogen inhibiting herb supplements.

  • Cruciferous vegetables
  • Horseradish
  • Hand cress
  • Ethiopian mustard
  • Kale
  • Collard greens
  • Chinese broccoli (kai-lan)
  • Cabbage
  • Brussels sprout
  • Kohlrabi
  • Broccoli
  • Broccoflower
  • Broccoli romanesco
  • Cauliflower
  • Wild broccoli
  • Bok choy
  • Komatsuna
  • Mizuna
  • Rapini (broccoli rabe)
  • Flowering cabbage
  • Chinese cabbage, napa cabbage
  • Turnip root; greens
  • Rutabaga
  • Siberian kale
  • Canola/rapeseed
  • Wrapped heart mustard cabbage
  • Mustard seeds, brown; greens
  • Mustard seeds, white
  • Mustard seeds, black
  • Tatsoi
  • Arugula (rocket)
  • Garden cress
  • Watercress
  • Radish
  • Daikon
  • Wasabi


Alcohol causes liver toxicity; limiting its capability of metabolising fat and estrogen properly.

Alcohol priority for estrogen, in order of preference;

  • Red wine; reservatrol, tannins, antioxidants.
  • Wine and cheese is okay.
  • White wine
  • Champagne
  • Vodka
  • Rum
  • Whisky
  • Cognac
  • Gin
  • Sweet wines
  • Sweet mixed drinks
  • Liquors
  • Beer

Estrogen inhibitors;

  • Chrysin – passion flower
  • Apigenine – chamomile
  • Quercetin – onion, garlic, red apples, grapes
  • Naringenin – citrus
  • Indole 3 carbinol – cruciferous veg
  • Diindolyethane (DIM) cruciferous veg
  • Indole 3 acetate – cruciferous veg

Supplements to take…


  • Green Tea; Is a cofactor – assist the other elements in their efficacy
  • D-Limonene; citrus is an estrogen inhibitor
  • Lycopene; key intermediary in the biosynthesis of beta carotene and vitamin A which is vital for healthy estrogen metabolism.
  • Turmeric; is a cofactor that assists the other elements in their efficacy.

DIM – Avail

  • Inhibits the production of estrogen


  • Assists liver detoxification and clearance.

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