The dominant female sex hormone is estrogen. To be more precise, it comes to group of hormones that are responsible for the development of female secondary sex characteristics: development of breast tissue and the proliferation of the uterine lining.
Estrogen prepares women’s body for ovulation. However, not all estrogens are created equal. For example, some estrogens are associated with an increased risk of certain female cancers, such as breast cancer.
The most common symptoms of estrogen dominance are: stubborn weight gain, anxiety, premenstrual symptoms of breast tenderness, acne, fatigue, irritability and brain fog. It is important to mention that estrogen dominance may cause worsening health condition: infertility, fibrocystic breasts, repeated miscarriages, uterine fibroids and endometriosis but also increases the risk of developing certain cancers.
Some other signs to look for include:
Irregular or otherwise abnormal menstrual periods
Decreased sex drive
Bloating (water retention)
Headaches (especially premenstrual)
Mood swings (most often irritability and depression)
Trouble sleeping /insomnia
Cold hands and feet (a symptom of thyroid dysfunction)
All vegetables from the cabbage family, such as the cauliflower, broccoli, brussel sprouts, kale, bok choy, spinach, collard greens and other leafy greens are rich sources of nutrient called indole-3-carbinol or I3C.
Flaxseed contains lignans which are great for regulation of the high levels of estrogen. Moreover, flax contains phytoestrogens, which have the ability to control how much estrogen can bind to estrogen receptors. In other words, it can decrease excess estrogen activity or increase deficient estrogen activity, which makes it effective remedy for various female health complaints. Flax also is abundant with healthy omega-3 fats and contains fibers, and thus it an important remedy for treating inflammation and constipation. It is advisable to consume flaxseed ground as on that way it is best digested and absorbed, and you should keep it in the fridge as the oils in the seed quickly go rancid at room temperature.
Rosemary is able to enhance the formation of good estrogens and that is the reason why you should add it in meat as seasoning. Rosemary is great antioxidant that will improve the memory and the thyroid function, but also is great for weight loss process, improves the metabolism and the level of energy.
Isoflavones, such the ones contained in soy are antioxidants that has positive impact in increasing good estrogens in the body. Due to the fact that soy often is heavily processed, it is advisable to use herbs such as Trifolium pratense, Pueraria montana and Pueraria lobata in teas, capsules or tinctures. On this way you will get the adequate dose of isoflavones.
Salmon and other fatty fish:
Omega-3 fatty acid has numerous health benefits, and they help to increase the level and formation of good estrogens in the body. Experts advise you to consume at least 2-3 servings of fish per week or supplement with quality fish oil.
Activated folic acid:
Folic acid converts the estrogen into a very healthy, methylated form that can decrease the risk of certain cancers. A lot of people are not able to convert folate into the active 5-methyltetrahydrofolate, and that actually is essential for hormone metabolism, DNA synthesis, homo- cysteine metabolism and nervous system function (good mental health, memory and energy). Scientists explain that the dark leafy greens contain the necessary daily doses of omega-3 fatty acids.