Estrogen hormones are your primary sex hormones. They are naturally produced by through the action of enzymes on androgens. They include estrone, estradiol and estriol. While the level of estradiol rises in normal circumstances, its level subsides during pregnancy, giving way to estriol, which dominates throughout pregnancy. During menopause and after, the level of both estradiol and estriol reduce drastically, giving way to estrone. Estrogen hormones are primarily produced by developing follicles in your ovaries. Estrogen hormones play a vital role in your reproduction system, right from menstruation, pregnancy to delivery. Reduction of the same during menopause and post-menopause periods also affects your life in a major way.
Certain plants have been discovered to produce their own version of estrogen hormones, known as phytoestrogens. Phytoestrogens imitate human estrogens to a certain extent. They are however very different. Plants that produce phytoestrogens use the same in their reproduction, in the same way it is in women. Phytoestrogens have been established to have an effect on hot flashes, one of the common symptoms of menopause. Phytoestrogens exist as three types, lignans, coumestans, isoflavones and resorcylic acid lactones. When you consume plants or foods containing these substances, your gut transforms them into useful substances that have been established to aid in controlling the intensity and frequency of hot flashes. It is a fact that young girls just about to have first menstrual flow also experience hot flashes. They too can benefit greatly by eating foods rich in phytoestrogens.
In a study conducted by scientists, the amount of Phytoestrogen break-down-by products in the urine of selected healthy women found out that those with least amounts of the by-products were highly likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer compared to those whose urine contained low amounts of the products. Phytoestrogens were therefore found to protect body tissues from adverse effects of toxic substances in the body that can cause cancer. The study also found that taking supplements containing phytoestrogens produces very different results, encouraging the risk of breast cancer. It is therefore very safe and advisable to eat Phytoestrogen-containing foods, which your gut works on rather than taking supplements.
It is a fact that ingesting too much hormones increases the risk of developing varied types of cancer. This is because excess hormones interfere with normal activity and division of cells, resulting in cancerous cells. While you may be eating many foods or using varied herbs containing high levels of phytoestrogens, it is encouraging to note that your gut is able to act on the same, in effect ensuring the safety of the same, regardless of how much you eat or use herbs. This is why it is important to obtain phytoestrogens through food instead of supplement pills.
Varied foods contain phytoestrogens. They include linseed oil (obtained from flaxseed), whole grains (oats, rye, rice, millet, and corn), edible seeds (sesame, sunflower, pumpkin, amaranth and flaxseed), beans (peas, soy, red lentils, red kidney beans, and black turtle beans), vegetables (cabbage, broccoli, kale, and collards), seaweeds and fruits (olives, grapes, apples, peaches, plums, strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, pears). While foods containing phytoestrogens are perfectly safe, herbs containing the same can be potent and you should use them for long. They include agave root, black cohosh root, sage leaves, saw palmetto berries, wild yam root, black currant, ginseng, black haw and groundsel herb amongst others. Do not suffer menstrual or menopause problems anymore, make Phytoestrogen foods part of your regular diet and manage hot flashes effectively.