Plant-based Estrogens as  Alternatives

According to a recent study, estrogens from plants may offer many of the benefits provided by hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and possibly without the downside risks.

The plant estrogens or phytoestrogens are found in such sources as soybeans, alfalfa sprouts, cereals and more. These substances may offer protection against atherosclerosis, may reduce cholesterol levels, reduce hot flashes, decrease risk of breast cancer nad protect against osteoporosis.

Study authors included Drs. Lynette Wroblewski Lissin and John P. Cooke from Stanford University Medical Center.

Treatment with phytoestrogens do not seem to increase the risk of blood clots or breast or uterine cancer, but more research is recommended.

The authors conclude that women NOT at high risk of cardiovascular problems, those WITHOUT a strong history of breast or uterine cancer (personal or family) should increase consumption of the foods rich in phytoestrogens.

Ann's NOTE: Whole organic foods are recommended.

Actions of Dietary Estrogens w/ ER receptors...

Environ Health Perspect 10/00

Biochemical & Molecular Action of Nutrients-Phytoestrogens &... (Rats)
Hot Flashes/Flushes

Discussion of studies (soy also)

Relaxation Therapy for Hot Flushes
Prozac and Hot Flashes
Randomized Trial of Black Cohosh/Hot Flashes
Soy Phyytoestrogens & Pre-Menopausal Women w/Bca
Using Alternatives for Menopausal Symptoms

Study October 2000

Effects of Wild Yam Extract
Use of Alternatives for Menopausal Symptoms w/Bca
Conventional Look:Nat'l Progesterone Evidence
Review of Evidence for Use of Phytoestrogens

Archives of Internal Medicine May, 2001

Phytoestrogen Consumption & Bca Risk

Am J of Epidemiology

Studying Herbs' Effect on Menopausal Symptoms

Univ of Miami Study, Open March 13, 2002

Hormone Profile

LINK to patient site with much information on natural and synthetic hormones

Isoflavones/Lignans & Invasiveness of BCa cells

Cancer Letters, 5/04

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