High estrogen levels in men – natural prevention strategies

Causes of Estrogen Dominance Syndrome

Estrogen is a female sex hormone and increasingly it’s being seen in higher levels in men.

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Besides the natural hormonal fluctuations of menopause, certain lifestyle choices and conditions can also contribute to estrogen dominance syndrome, especially a low-fiber diet, overloading the liver with internal toxins, and absorbing toxins from the environment.

For an over view of estrogen dominance syndrome, some of the key players are:

Aromatase converts androgens (male hormones) into estrone and estrodial. Aromatase activity increases with alcohol consumption, age and body fat accumulation. Man Boobs anyone?

Other factors involved include xenoestrogens and deficiency in nutrients such as zinc which has a direct aromatase blocking effect.

Liver enzymes and other detoxification pathways rid the body of excess and harmful estrogen

Compounds such as DIM and Indole 3 carbinol will assist these detoxification pathways and may have a direct estrogen moderating effect. These occur in high amounts in cruciferous vegetables; watercress is the best of these.

Calcium D glucarate is a botanical extract found in grapefruit, apples, oranges, broccoli and Brussels sprouts. Scientists are discovering that it appears to protect against cancer and other diseases via a different mechanism than antioxidants such as vitamin C, carotenoids, and folic acid. These vitamin antioxidants work by neutralizing toxic free radical damage in the body.

Fiber intake can have a positive effect of detoxification.

Low-Fiber Diet

A low-fiber diet causes estrogen levels to be higher, while a diet high in fiber results in decreased estrogen levels in the bloodstream.

Why?

Excess estrogen is excreted in the bowel. When stool remains in the bowel for a longer time, the estrogen is reabsorbed. Studies have shown that women on a vegetarian / high-fiber diet have lower levels of circulating estrogen.

Lower levels of estrogen mean less estrogen stimulation of breast tissue, for example, which reduces the risk of breast cancer.

Increasing fiber from all sources and using fiber blends can help with general detoxification and elimination.

Healthy bowel flora is essential to proper detoxification of excess estrogen and to help and wellbeing.

DETOXIFICATION

All nutrients involved in liver conjugation will be helpful to moderating normal levels of estrogen in the body. Lipotrophic formulas will all contain beneficial nutrients. Lecithin granules will assist detoxification and cellular hydration.

BENEFICIAL FOODS
Curcumin (turmeric)
B complex
Vitamin C
Mixed E
NAC
Green tea
All flavanoids particularly citrus and grape
Green tea
Resveratrol
Zinc rich foods
Fiber rich foods

If you think you may be suffering from estrogen dominance and have a high level of estrogen then you may want to consider a personal nutritional consultation.
 


Author

Matt Lovell – Elite Sports Nutritionist

Matt Lovell - Elite Sports Nutritionist

Matt Lovell is an Elite Sports Nutritionist. He has worked with the England Rugby Team since 2002 and also currently works with 4 premiership teams and UK Athletics team as they prepare for the Olympic Games in London in 2012..  His primary website www.SportsNutritionVlog.com is  chock full of useful Sports Nutrition information and if you leave a question Matt’s really good at getting back to you.

Matt has written a comprehensive guide on Preparing for a Big Event, the popular Fat Loss Program Four Week Fat Loss and Regenerate a Muscle Building Nutrition program.

 


 

 

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