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

  • prostate,
  • breast and bowel cancers,
  • cardiovascular disease,
  • brain functional disorders,
  • menopausal and menstrual symptoms
  • and osteoporosis.
Foods that contain phytoestrogen

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

Soy Products Peas Chickpeas Beans
Lentils Peanuts Alfalfa Red wine
Flaxseed/Linseed Olive oil Nuts Cereals
Oats Barley Rice Apples
Carrots Fennel Berries Garlic
Dried apricots Dates

Foods that contain phytoestrogen can be beneficial for the following conditions:

Osteoporosis Menopause
Pre Menstrual Syndrome Heavy periods
Cardiovascular Disease High cholesterol
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Fibroids

If you would like more advice on any of the points mentioned in this article and would like to find out how nutrition can support your health issues please contact me on 07967 639347. Alternatively, please email I offer one-to-one consultations from a family friendly clinic in Ealing.

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