Healthy forms of estrogen can help strengthen our bones and help us feel energized, young and vital. But too much estrogen or build up of toxic forms of estrogen can result in PMS and in some cases increase risk of breast and ovarian cancer. Multiple genes control how our bodies process estrogen. Changes can occur in these genes called single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) that make it harder for us to get rid of excess estrogen and lead to a build up of toxic forms of the hormone.
The good news is certain foods have been shown to help our bodies metabolize estrogen and get rid of any bad forms of it, even if we have these gene SNPs.
The following 3 Superfoods help clear out excess or toxic forms of estrogen:
1) Cruciferous Veggies- A compound called Diindolylymethane (DIM) found in broccoli, kale, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, kale, collard greens, green cabbage, white turnips has been shown to help convert excess estrogen into inactive, non-toxic forms.
2) Walnuts- These nuts are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, which have been shown to help the body eliminate the toxic, "bad" estrogens.
3) Salmon- This fish also has a high concentration of omega-3s. Look for wild salmon to avoid contaminants found in farmed salmon.