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Estrogen Dominance

Estrogen dominance occurs when estrogen levels in the female body are too high in relation to progesterone levels. While this is an issue for many women throughout their lives, it is particularly associated with the menopausal transition. During a woman’s child-bearing years, the ovaries are responsible for making estradiol, a protective form of estrogen, and […]

Hydroxytyrosol

Hydroxytyrosol is an antioxidant that reduces inflammatory chemicals in your body and prevents cholesterol from sticking to artery walls, which results in artery-clogging plaque linked to heart disease. Olive oil is an excellent source of healing hydroxytyrosol.

Homocysteine

Homocysteine is a substance that damages the walls of your blood vessels. People who have had heart attacks frequently have high levels of homocysteine, even though their cholesterol levels are low or normal. During and after menopause, women have higher levels of homocystine and an increased risk of cardiovascular problems.

Glucose

Glucose is the form of blood sugar that results from the metabolism of carbohydrates in the bloodstream. Glucose is the body’s main source of energy and is normally kept in proper balance by the hormone insulin, secreted by your pancreas. But when too much glucose is in the bloodstream from eating a diet packed with […]

Glutamate

Glutamate is a dangerous neurotoxin similar to MSG found in processed, or unfermented, soy. Like other foods, soy is also frequently overprocessed into soy milk and hydrolyzed into sausage patties, Unfermented soy can also slow thyroid function and can actually bind minerals out of the body. Eat primarily fermented soy products like miso, shoyu soy […]

Genistein

Genistein is an isoflavone that can match the shape of estrogen receptors in cell membranes. This perfect pairing enables genistein to lock into estrogen receptor sites, efficiently delivering safe and mild estrogen-like effects that can reduce hot flashes and other troublesome symptoms of menopause. Foods containing genistein include include soy, alfalfa and clover sprouts, barley […]

Free radical molecules

Free radical molecules are the destructive byproducts of oxidation, a natural process in the body that goes on all the time. Free radicals are oxygen molecules lacking one electron, which drives them to steal an electron from healthy oxygen molecules, a process that damages healthy cells and tissues while creating new generations of free radicals. […]

Flavonoids

Flavonoids are brightly colored plant pigments that function as antioxidants and anti-inflammatories by limiting the oxidative damage done to LDL (bad) cholesterol. Flavonoids are found in almost all fruits, vegetables and herbs, including apples, berries, beans, cabbage, onions and tomatoes. They can also be found in green tea and red wine. A Japanese study found […]

Estrone

Estrone is the dominant form of estrogen produced during postmenopause in fatty tissues known as adipose tissues.

Estrogen

Estrogen is the steroidal hormone produced in predictable, stable levels by the ovaries in healthy women during the fertile years, primarily consisting of estradiol. As menopause approaches, estrogen production shifts dramatically as the ovaries shrink and show signs of age, causing fluctuations that lead to unpleasant menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes. In postmenopause, the […]

Boron

Boron is a soil-derived mineral found in most produce. It’s thought to increase a woman’s ability to retain and use estrogen in postmenopause. It also provides better bones by limiting the amount of calcium that women lose as they age.

Docosahexaenoic acid

Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) is an omega-3 fatty acid found in cold water fish, grass-fed beef and seaweed. In combination with eicosapentaenoic acid, or EPA, another omega-3, DHA helps lower blood sugar levels, reduce triglycerides, prevent heart disease and support healthy brain function.

Diindolylmethane

Diindolylmethane (DIM) is a powerful healing chemical produced as you chew and digest broccoli. Researchers are still discovering DIM’s stupendous capacity to work with estrogen to ease symptoms of menopause and prevent and treat breast, cervical, prostate and other forms of cancer.

Dietary fiber

Dietary fiber (also called roughage or insoluble fiber) is the fibrous part of plants that cannot be digested and absorbed in the bloodstream. Dietary fiber helps push food through the digestive system, assists in elimination and, most importantly, helps slow the metabolism of glucose and even out blood sugar levels. The insoluble fiber in whole […]

Ellagic acid

Ellagic acid is a potent antioxidant that reduces the inflammatory effects of free radicals. Its estrogenic activities help relieve symptoms of menopause such as hot flashes, vaginal dryness and reduced sex drive. Strawberries and pomegranate are excellent sources.

Daidzein

Daidzein is an isoflavone found in food sources such as soybeans and soy products that can match the shape of estrogen receptors in cell membranes. This perfect pairing enables daidzein to lock into estrogen receptor sites, like a key that fits a lock, efficiently delivering safe and mild estrogen-like effects that can reduce hot flashes […]