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estrogen

Estrogen is a steroid sex hormone. Eating a fiber-rich diet flushes excess estrogen out of the body. Some vegetables may inhibit aromatase, the enzyme used by breast cancer tumors to produce their own estrogen. Flax seeds may reduce the number of menstrual periodsa woman has, reducing lifetime estrogen exposure. Phytoestrogens, such as those found in soy products, do not appear to promote cancer. Rather, soy seems to be protective against breast cancer. Xenoestrogens (human-made environmental chemicals found contaminating fish flesh) have been linked to early puberty and low sperm counts.

Eating beef from growth hormone-implanted cattle and dairy products may feed hormone-dependent cancers. Commercial cow’s milk may come from pregnant cows, who have exceptionally high hormones levels (buttermilk and skim milk are on top of the list), even when the cows are not subjected to bovine growth hormone injections. This may be why skim milk consumption is linked to acne. Many of us have microscopic cancerous tumors growing inside of us and so reducing our intake and production of growth-promoting hormones in adulthood may be useful in slowing cancer growth.

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Watch videos about estrogen

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    Vegetables Versus Breast Cancer
    Mushrooms may help prevent breast cancer by acting as an aromatase inhibitor to block breast tumor estrogen production.
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    Anabolic Steroids in Meat
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    Acne & Cancer Connection
    The hormones present in cow's milk may help explain the association between certain diseases and dairy consumption.
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    Dairy & Sexual Precocity
    The effects of the hormones in cow's milk on men and prepubescent children.
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    Soy & Breast Cancer Survival
    To prevent a recurrence should breast cancer survivors on tamoxifen seek or snub soy?
  • Hormones in Skim vs. Whole Milk
    Hormones in Skim vs. Whole Milk
    Genetic manipulation has resulted in cows lactating into the third trimester of pregnancy, leading to milk with abnormally high hormone levels.
  • Xenoestrogens & Early Puberty
    Xenoestrogens & Early Puberty
    Until the twentieth century, the average age of puberty for girls was 16 or 17 years old.
  • Xenoestrogens & Sperm Counts
    Xenoestrogens & Sperm Counts
    Endocrine disrupting xenoestrogens in fish may be interfering with male fertility.
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