Use These Estrogen Blocking Herbs,and Supplements to Help Alleviate Estrogen Dominance
Maintaining a healthy testosterone to estrogen ratio is important for optimizing your health. Unfortunately, many things can throw this balance out of whack, resulting in too much estrogen.
The estrogen blocking herbs and supplements described in this post have been shown in multiple studies to work in various ways to help eliminate the excess estrogen in the body or to block testosterone from converting to estrogen.
The problem of too much estrogen can happen for natural biological reasons, but other things like too much soy or estrogen containing foods, exposure to environmental toxins, and even chemicals in cosmetics and body wash have been shown to disrupt the endocrine system and cause estrogen dominance.
According to WebMD, the following are common symptoms associated with estrogen dominance.
SYMPTOMS OF ESTROGEN DOMINANCE IN MEN
Decreased sex drive, less morning woods, erectile dysfunction
Increased fat around the pecs (man boobs)
Prostate issues such as enlargement and benign prostatic hyperplasia
Loss of muscle mass
Emotional instability such as crying tears of joy for the winner of the super bowl
Increased risk of type 2 diabetes
Symptoms of Estrogen Dominance in Woman
Decreased sex drive
Irregular or heavy menstrual periods
Breast swelling and tenderness
Mood swings and anxiety
Weight and/or fat gain (particularly around the hips)
3 Powerful Estrogen Blocking Herbs and Supplements
Estrogen Blocker #1: Nettle Root
Nettle Root has been shown in multiple studies to block the conversion of testosterone to estrogen.
In fact, in one study a group of rats were given 50 mg of nettle root extract to determine the interaction of certain plant extracts on testosterone and prostate health. The rats that were given the nettle root daily showed a significant increase in testosterone and a subsequent decrease in prostate volume and size.
Nettle Root acts by blocking the primary aromatase enzyme that causes testosterone to convert to estrogen. Because of this, you will find Nettle Root and Nettle Leaf extracts in a lot of athletic supplements designed for hormone optimization.
You can read more about Stinging Nettle here.
Estrogen Blocker #2: DIM
Unlike Nettle Root, which blocks the aromatase enzyme responsible for converting testosterone to estrogen, Diindolylmethane (DIM), has been shown to help eliminate excess estrogen by increasing the rate with which it is metabolized and excreted from the body.
One particular group of researchers administered 300 mg of DIM daily for 14 days to patients with Thyroid Proliferative Disease. After 14 days all patients displayed an increase in estrogen metabolism when their Thyroid tissue, serum, and urine were analyzed at the end of the study.
Patients of the study also had an increase in the ratio of “good estrogen” (2-hydroxy-estrone) to “bad estrogen” (16-alpha-hydroxy-estrone), which is believed to contribute to certain Thyroid conditions.
Estrogen Blocker #3: Indole-3-carbinol
Indole-3-Carbinol ("IC3"), is a powerful estrogen blocking chemical found in high concentrations in cruciferous vegetables (e.g., cabbage, brussel sprouts, broccoli, etc.).
IC3 has been shown repeatedly to increase the rate at which excess estrogens are metabolized and excreted from the body, making it a powerful options for men and women who are looking for a natural way to reduce their excess estrogen levels.
In one particular study conducted by Rockerfeller University Hospital, a sample of men and women were administered up to 7 mg of IC3 for a period of 10 days. Prior to taking IC3 urinary levels of estrogens were measured to establish a baseline.
At the end of the study, both sample populations experienced a significant reduction in nearly all estrogen metabolites, including estradiol, estrone, estriol, and 16alpha-hydroxyestrone.
I encourage you to do some additional reading on the research conducted on IC3, as there are multiple studies confirming this effect on human estrogen levels.
There are also some very interesting studies that suggest IC3 may even be a beneficial estrogen blocker for reducing the risk of certain estrogen related cancers like prostate, breast, and ovarian.
Conclusion: Every one’s body is different, but maintaining the delicate balance of testosterone and estrogen is important for overall health. The estrogen blocking herbs and supplements discussed above have been proven to help maintain this balance by supporting the estrogen side of the equation.
Note: The only way to know if you have estrogen dominance for sure is to consult with your physician and have your blood work done. If you suspect excess estrogen is causing changes with in your body, this is the best place to start.
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