Too much oestrogen can be a real problem for women, and it’s not uncommon. A multitude of issues can arise. The following symptoms can occur with an excess of oestrogen: –
- Breast tenderness,
- Weight gain,
- Hair loss,
- Memory issues,
- Irregular menstruation,
- Poor sleep.
To combat this oestrogen excess, we need to reduce its production. Aromatase is an enzyme responsible for a step in the biosynthesis of oestrogen. It can be inhibited by anti-inflammatory herbs like milk-thistle, rosemary and turmeric. Another consideration is women with abnormal hormone activity are often magnesium deplete (magnesium bisglycinate is best).
Foods such as cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and other foods oranges, grapes, celery and onions all play an important role in regulating the amount of oestrogen in the body because they also inhibit Aromatase. A favourite of mine is button mushrooms. They play an important role in achieving hormonal balance in women, and whats more in men too!
Of great concern is the ever increasing amount of plastic in our environment. Plastic contains chemicals that mimic oestrogen. Continued exposure to plastic will disrupt our hormones, no matter how good our diet is.