Phytoestrogen

Definition of Phytoestrogen:

A plant substance with activity similar to human estrogen, but with important differences.  Like real estrogen, plant estrogens bind to estrogen receptors in cells, thereby preventing real estrogen from binding to these cells.  Unlike real estrogen, however, plant estrogens do not stimulate cell growth, therefore, plant estrogens are believed to inhibit the growth of tumors that would normally be stimulated to grow by real estrogen.

Also: Phytoestrogens

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Alzheimer's Disease

...recommendation Estrogen Replacement
“...I believe if phytoestrogens are unable to stop the hot flashes then it would be wise to use small amounts of estrogens to stop them...”

Andropause/Male Menopause

...the condition
“...Their levels can rise in response to many conditions including medical disorders and exposure to other hormones such as phytoestrogens (estrogens derived from plant sources such as soy) and environmental estrogen-like compounds (pesticides, hormones used in agribusiness to produce fatter animals, etc...”
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Black Cohosh

...as a treatment
“...Function; Why it is Recommended: The effects of black cohosh root preparations appear to come from phytoestrogen components such as isoflavones and cimicifugoside, although recent research has cast some doubt on these proposed mechanisms...”

Fennel

...as a treatment
“...Estragole is a phytoestrogen that mildly mimics the female hormone, estrogen, and was once used to produce a synthetic version used in the treatment of bloating, breast tenderness, other PMS symptoms, and cramping...”

Flax

...related topic
“...The oil making process removes many of the seed's phytoestrogens which offer several health-related benefits including reducing the risk of cancer and alleviating menopausal symptoms...”
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Natural Progesterone

...as a treatment
“...Soy products contain phytoestrogens that act by altering tissue responses to estrogen...”

Osteoporosis - Osteopenia

...recommendation Soy Isoflavones
“Higher intake of dietary phytoestrogens (isoflavones) was associated with higher lumbar spine and hip bone mineral densities in a study of 357 postmenopausal southern Chinese women...”

Soy Isoflavones

...as a treatment
“...They are also a type of phytoestrogen, or plant hormone, that resembles human estrogen in chemical structure yet are weaker...”

Vitex / Chasteberry

...as a treatment
“...How does vitex help? Vitex does not act as a phytoestrogen (plant estrogen), a term commonly associated with balancing the female reproductive system...”
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