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Conquering the Estrogen Problem

Estrogen – the “female hormone” – is a double-edged sword. Both women and men need this hormone for normal body function – though women need much more than men. And you’ve probably heard that too little estrogen can cause reproductive and bone problems for women.

But did you know that there’s such a thing as too much estrogen… even for women? Well, it’s true. And excess estrogen is causing a lot of health problems. In fact, as you’ll discover in a moment, excess estrogen has even become a problem for children!

The good news is that there’s a way to keep this problem under control. But first, let’s look at how serious this problem really is.

“Our Children Are Growing Up Too Fast”

At some point, nearly every parent says this. Unfortunately, in recent years, growing up too fast has become a literal problem. In the USA – and many other countries – girls are reaching puberty years sooner than they should.

For a while, scientists assumed a healthier diet and lifestyle explained this shift. But an opposite shift in boys set off alarm bells. It’s now taking many boys much longer to reach puberty than they once did.

And it appears that the culprit is estrogen.1

When researchers at Adelphi University looked at studies on “environmental estrogens,” the results were disturbing. Chemicals – such as pesticides and plasticizers, which act like estrogen – are building up in our bodies. And they’re causing girls to reach puberty sooner – and boys to reach it later.1

But it’s not just your children who are at risk… and early puberty isn’t the only problem.

The Hormone That Causes… What!?!

Periodically, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) – a government agency – updates its list of substances that promote abnormal cell growth. You might expect to see industrial chemicals on the list. But would you expect to see a hormone?

Probably not. But in its 10th report, in 2003, NIEHS added estrogen to the list.2

But don’t panic, because NIEHS didn’t add all estrogens to its list. Just the steroidal estrogens used in birth control pills and commercial hormone replacement products. And here’s why I believe they’re such a problem…

Those environmental estrogens we talked about earlier have been around for decades. And they take a long, long time to break down. (DDT was banned in the 1970’s, but it’s still found in soil samples.) So, for years and years, they’ve been building up in our bodies, acting pretty much like the estrogen your body produces.

Now add to that additional estrogen from prescription pills, and it’s more than your body can handle. Our tissues are loaded with estrogens. No wonder the World Health Organization now recognizes breast milk as a hazard.3 We’ve been overwhelmed with estrogen.

So what can you do?

Protect Yourself With Grandma’s Advice

Too much estrogen can lead to ovarian growths, reproductive problems… and worse.4

But there’s no need to panic, because there’s something simple you can do to lower your risk. In fact, it’s as easy as following your grandmother’s advice:

Eat your vegetables.

Cruciferous vegetables – such as cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower – contain a substance called 3,3′-Diindolylmethane (DIM, for short). And DIM has an amazing property. It shuts down excess estrogen.

When researchers at UC Berkeley gave DIM to a group of women for 30 days, they discovered the women began to eliminate estrogen. Even more amazing, the DIM had also neutralized the estrogen!5

They found that DIM works through a process called 2-hydroxylation. Simply put, the DIM caused an irreversible change in the estrogen that prevented it from binding to its normal receptors – and causing problems. And the excess estrogen quickly passed out of their subjects’ bodies.

Another study by some of the same researchers revealed that DIM has a clear protective effect against health problems associated with excess estrogen.6

A Simple Solution

DIM is a simple way to keep your estrogen in balance… and it’s free if you love broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables. If not, you can find reputable brands of DIM online starting at about $10.00 for a 30-day supply.

Of course, if you’re under a doctor’s care, talk to him (or her) before taking DIM. This is particularly important if you’re pregnant or trying to get pregnant. Estrogen is critical during pregnancy – especially during the early months.

But for most of us, DIM is a simple way to combat the effects of excess estrogen. It’s Nature’s way of bringing balance back to your hormones.
 
Best Life Herbals Wellness Team
Best Life Herbals

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1 Roy JR, et al. Estrogen-like endocrine disrupting chemicals affecting puberty in humans–a review. Med Sci Monit. 2009 Jun;15(6):RA137-45.
2 Twombley R. New Carcinogen List Includes Estrogen, UV Radiation Journal of the National Cancer Institute, Vol. 95, No. 3, 185-186, February 5, 2003
3 Massart F, et al. Human breast milk and xenoestrogen exposure: a possible impact on human health. J Perinatol. 2005 Apr;25(4):282-8.
4 Newbold RR, et al. Long-term adverse effects of neonatal exposure to bisphenol A on the murine female reproductive tract. Reproductive Toxicology, Volume 24, Issue 2, August-September 2007, Pages 253-258.
5 Dalessandri KM, et al. Pilot study: effect of 3,3′-diindolylmethane supplements on urinary hormone metabolites in postmenopausal women with a history of early-stage breast cancer. Nutr Cancer. 2004;50(2):161-7.
6 Riby JE, et al. Activation and potentiation of interferon-gamma signaling by 3,3′-diindolylmethane in MCF-7 breast cancer cells. Mol Pharmacol. 2006 Feb;69(2):430-9. Epub 2005 Nov 2.

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