Phytoestrogens are a group of naturally occurring plant compounds that exert oestrogen-like effects in the body. Currently, research is being carried out to determine the nutritional role of these substances in metabolic functions such as the regulation of cholesterol and the maintaining of proper bone density post-menopause.
The evidence is accruing that foods that contain phytoestrogen may have protective effects against
- breast and bowel cancers,
- cardiovascular disease,
- brain functional disorders,
- menopausal and menstrual symptoms
- and osteoporosis.
How do they work?
It appears that phytoestrogens can attach themselves to oestrogen receptors on cells and either mimic the effects of oestrogen where there is a deficiency. Also, they block the influence of excess oestrogens circulating in the blood.
Foods that contain phytoestrogen
Foods that contain phytoestrogen can be beneficial for the following conditions:
|Pre Menstrual Syndrome||Heavy periods|
|Cardiovascular Disease||High cholesterol|
|Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome||Fibroids|
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