Phytoestrogens are naturally occurring biochemicals found in certain plants. The “phyto” part of the word indicates the compound's plant origins. As you may guess, the “estrogen” part refers to the human hormone of that name.
Today, we'll look at the growing body of research about phytoestrogens. You'll learn how they interact with your body's estrogen receptors and what benefits they confer.
You'll also get a list of phytoestrogen-rich foods and learn how a diet that includes them may help to manage menopausal symptoms, avoid chronic disease, reduce the risk of cancer,and build stronger bones.
Estrogen, Health, And Bone Mass
Estrogen is a hormone mainly produced by the ovaries. During menopause, the body's estrogen production slows, often resulting in undesirable effects such as hot flashes.
This change in hormone levels also contributes to bone loss. That's because the body uses estrogen to regulate the bone-remodeling process by keeping bone resorption levels in check. As estrogen decreases, bone resorption increases. That can cause an imbalance if new bone isn't deposed as quickly as old bone resorbs.1
The Medical Establishment and Big Pharma developed a drug that artificially boosts estrogen levels. But this pharmacological intervention, known as hormone replacement therapy or HRT, had serious cardiovascular side effects and has been linked to increased cancer risk.2
Hormone replacement therapy is yet another pharmacological response to a natural process. This is part of a pattern in which the Medical Establishment pathologizes aging, redefining normal changes as diseases that require pharmaceutical treatment.
Estrogen is a hormone produced by the ovaries. As we get older, estrogen production slows, which leads to an increase in bone resorption. The Medical Establishment and Big Pharma created hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to artificially boost estrogen levels, but that treatment has been linked to cardiovascular problems and increased cancer risk.
Phytoestrogens Naturally Help Balance Hormones
Phytoestrogens are not identical to the hormones produced by the human body. However, they are similar enough to activate the same estrogen receptors that endogenous estrogen activates.
That means that phytoestrogens, absorbed through the foods you eat, can perform many of the same functions as the estrogen your body produces.
Studies have found a connection between high dietary intake of phytoestrogens and lower rates of some types of cancer, cardiovascular problems, and undesirable effects of menopause.3,4
The estrogen response system has two forms of estrogen receptors (ERs): ER-alpha and ER-beta. Phytoestrogens appear to have different effects on each type of receptor, downregulating ER-alpha and activating ER-beta.
That aligns with the effects observed above. Alpha estrogen receptors are most prominent in breast and uterine tissue. The downregulation of cellular responses in these tissues is potentially the mechanism by which phytoestrogens reduce the risk of cancer in those parts of the body.5
Beta estrogen receptors are present in cells that activate cardioprotective and bone-building metabolic processes. This early research suggests that phytoestrogen has the same bone-protective effect that estrogen has, suppressing bone resorption to ensure balance in the bone remodeling process.5
Because of phytoestrogens’ similar structure to estrogen, they function like estrogen in the human body. They interact with different estrogen receptors differently. The result is decreased breast and uterine cancer risk and a stabilizing effect on cardioprotective and bone-building metabolic processes.
Foods High In Phytoestrogens
This research provides crucially important information for Savers. By increasing dietary levels of phytoestrogens we can help prevent the bone loss that often accompanies aging.
The list below contains the foods with the highest levels of phytoestrogens:6
- Alfalfa sprouts*
- Sesame Seeds*
- Sunflower seeds*
- Black & green tea
Be sure to regularly include these foods in your 80/20 pH-balanced diet. That can be easily achieved considering the wide variety of foods that contain phytoestrogens, many of which are alkalizing Foundation Foods.
The foods listed above are all excellent sources of phytoestrogens. Be sure you're incorporating them into your bone-healthy diet.
What This Means To You
Eat phytoestrogen-rich foods to help maintain optimal hormone levels naturally. As the studies above show, the compounds in these foods can help reduce the risk of bone loss, chronic disease, and cancer.
Unsurprisingly, when you follow the Osteoporosis Reversal Program you'll be consuming these foods on a regular basis, since most of them are Foundation Foods. The Program was created on a scientifically proven drug-free, all-natural approach to reversing and preventing osteoporosis through diet, exercise, and lifestyle changes.
If you haven’t yet, try the Program to strengthen your bones, so you can live a happy and healthy life.