Estrogens in Food
Now, here is a chart from a Website
showing foods high in estrogens and those that block estrogen. Keep in mind the difference between isoflavones and lignans, with isoflavones being plant estrogens that stimulate estrogens receptors yielding an estrogenic effect and
lignans being weak estrogens that attach to estrogen receptors and block the action of the estrogens
trying to stimulate them.
Therefore, the use of high lignan
foods - especially those rich in glutamate (e.g. flax) - should be carefully thought out when formulating the ultimate
diet for the epileptic or the patient who is suffering from an excitotoxin-related disorders as we know that
estrogens are inflammatory and sensitize neurons to the action of glutamate (e.g. catamenial seizures, PMS).
The logical choice of estrogen-blocking
lignans for those suffering from an excitotoxin-related disorder (e.g. epilepsy) would be the fruits and vegetables listed
below rather than the glutamate-rich grains, such as flax and millet. If the control of an estrogen-related disorder (breast
cancer, PCOS, endometriosis) is the primary objective and the excitotoxins (glutamate and aspartate) are not a concern,
then flax is a good choice.
I posted the chart below mainly to help people see that the main
"trouble foods" - gluten grains (wheat, barley), dairy products, and soy - are all in the estrogen-rich list, with soy and
dairy products being the principal sources of isoflavones.
Here are two articles that discuss the isoflavone content of foods:
As you read more about what researchers are finding concerning the
difference between lignans and isoflavones, you will see the war that is going on in our bodies between good and bad estrogens,
paralleling the one raging between good and bad lectins.
Here's the site:http://www.holisticonline.com/Remedies/hrt/hrt_food_and_estrogen.htmHere's the chart:
Foods Containing Natural Estrogens
Note: Those rich in isoflavones are underlined while those foods rich in glutamate
are in bold.
Chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
Cowpeas (black- eyed
(relatively highin glutamate)
If you are suffering
from breast cancer, PMS, fibroids, ovarian cysts, and other situations that estrogen might exacerbate, the following estrogen-inhibiting
foods (lignans) might be of interest to you.
Corn (BUT...should be avoided for other reasons!)
Fruits (except apples, cherries, dates,
White rice (relatively high in glutamate)
Now, this is really cool! Why would wheat be on the list of estrogen-rich foods while white flour is
on the list of estrogen-blocking foods? Doesn't make sense right? Actually, it DOES and illustrates a VERY important point.
What do you get when you add water to white flour? Glue/ paste, right? What have I been saying about gluten again...it is
"glue" and it does coat and stick to the villi of the duodenum. In this case, it coats the villi and blocks the absorption
of the ESTROGENS in the food. Now, how cool is that?
When I saw this site a couple of years ago, I had another "revelation".
Even the bad things have a purpose. In this case, the "glues" in the bad foods (gluten grains, dairy, and soy) don't
just block the absorption of essential nutrients (and drugs). They also help block the bad things in these trouble foods,
like the estrogens and goitrogens....antinutrients, like those found in soy. (Errrrrh.)
Whodathunkit? Yin and yang
even applies to food.
So...you can see from the chart that, once again, the healthiest foods to eat are fruits and vegetables.
There is simply no down side to their consumption. Most other things are a compromise, making a "balanced diet" a very important
thing, especially when we start suffering from certain conditions in which the other ingredients of foods (excitotoxins, estrogens)
become a factor.
Again, I hope this helps,
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