Estrogen helps promote the maintenance of and develop female characteristics in the body. Estrogen produces an environment for fertilization and implantation of an embryo. It also helps to regulate the menstrual cycle. A drop in estrogen levels is associated with menopause.
When estrogen levels are low in females, Estradiol is often prescribed to help replace the decreased levels of estrogen in the body. However, there are foods that contain high amounts of phytoestrogens, which affect levels of estrogen in the body. Phytoestrogens naturally occur in plants. Perhaps consuming the following foods can help balance estrogen in the body.
Estrogen High Food #1: Flaxseed
Flaxseeds have the highest dietary source of phytoestrogens, lignans. Flaxseeds are on trend and can be added into smoothies, soups, salads, and bread. As they contain the highest amount of phytoestrogens, they also contain omega-3 fatty acids, which are an excellent source to fight inflammation in the body. They also contain fiber which can help lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
There has been conflicting information regarding flaxseed and its effects regarding breast cancer. Those with ER+ breast cancer are prescribed tamoxifen, a selective estrogen modular medication. However, many studies have shown that dietary flaxseed along with tamoxifen, inhibits tumor growth in the breasts. This study shows how consuming flaxseed by those with breast cancer does more good than harm.
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