Enhancing Healthy Oestrogen Metabolism – Nutritional Guide
The detoxification of oestrogen in the liver can follow one of two pathways. The more damaging pathway is the 16-OH pathway, which is enhanced by synthetic hormone replacement therapy.
The more favourable pathway is the 2-OH oestrogen pathway, which is enhanced by being aware of certain factors:
- Dietary change to enhance weight loss when required.
- Enhance the intake of phyto-oestrogens in the diet, e.g. soy, alfalfa, chickpeas, beans, peas, red clover tea, promencil.
- Gut and liver detoxification – see low stress diet.
- Regular aerobic exercise.
- Avoid xeno – oestrogens, e.g. plastic wrap, biphenol, hydraulic fluid, neon tubes, pesticides etc.
- Reverse omega 3/omega 6 ratios by encouraging oily fish consumption or taking omega 3 fish oils.
- Nutritional support by eating the following foods:
Pharmaceutical therapy when appropriate.
Vitamins that help hormone balance include the B vitamins such as 1, 2, 3 and 5. Vitamin B6 influences the steroid signals and prevents vitamin E dominance. Zinc and magnesium are also important.
The spines, e.g. black pepper, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg help the liver enzymes.
Monoterpene limonase is found in lemons and oranges, and stimulates the correct oestrogen metabolism.
FOS (fructo oligo saccharides) help to stimulate growth of bifido and lacto bacilli by up to tenfold – these are the good bacteria that live in the bowel.
- Soy and phyto-oestrogens
- High quality protein (e.g. low animal fat intake), eggs, dairy, beef, lamb
- Onions, garlic
- Bitter foods help the gut by stimulating secretions throughout the gut, including the pancreas.
- Dong Quai is a uterine tonic
- St Johns Wort and Black Cohosh are nerviness
- Wild Yam is an anti spasmodic
- Vitex Agnus Castus helps the hypothalamic pituitary adrenal access (for stress).
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