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In an earlier Fab40 blog ("ESTROGEN: Is it good or bad?" 4/28/10), I covered how Estrogen needs to be metabolized and processed by the body to decrease the potential for Estrogenic cancers, especially Breast. You want less 16-OH estrogens, which increase cancer risk and you want more 2-OH estrogens, which can reduce cancer risk. I previously mentioned what can cause those bad ones but now let's look at some things you can do in your own life to help get rid of them and increase the good ones.
Diets with less fat and carbohydrates and more protein decrease bad estrogens. One of the better proteins, Soy, has been given a bad rap and many health practitioners generalize about it not being good for you because of it's estrogen connections. The actual studies show that soy-milk and soy protein-powder drinks DO increase your estrogen levels but it's the good 2-OH kind. One of the absolute best things for helping to balance your estrogen metabolism is something called Diindolylmethane or simply DIM. This natural phytonutrient is found abundantly in plants but especially the ones in the Brassica family. Those would be broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, Brussels sprouts. Rosemary is an herb that in studies was shown to have drastically improved 2-OH while decreasing 16-OH estrogens. Flaxseed does the same thing.
Those things help metabolize the estrogens but you also need something to help get them out of your system before they recirculate and become more dangerous to you. That's where D-Glucarates come in. Foods that have high levels of this are squash, zucchini, pumpkin, melons, apples, strawberries, cherries, plums, pears, blackberries, beans, soy, lentils, peas and chickpeas. If you've had Breast cancer problems before or if it runs in your family, you might want to supplement your diet with some extra D-Glucarate to be on the safe side. Also make sure that you're not offsetting the great benefits of these specific fruits and vegetables by eating only store-bought ones that have lots of pesticide and chemical residues. Spend the extra money on organic fruits and vegetables. YOU'RE WORTH IT!!!!! Don't be passive with your health. Take charge of it.