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These foods and supplements work by enhancing the liver enzyme systems that metabolize estrogen and other hormones.

Cruciferous vegetables specifically support the healthy metabolism of estrogen. This group of vegetables includes arugula, cabbage, brussels sprouts, chard, broccoli, cauliflower, turnips, daikon radish, bok choy, mustard greens, kale, watercress, rutabagas, radishes and kohlrabi. The supplement DIM (diindolymethane) is an extract of the active principle from these vegetables.

Methyl Donors are useful to prevent cancer formation and promote healthy detoxification of hormones. Nutritionally, methyl donors are contained in green leafy veggies, beans, berries, nuts and citrus. The supplements such as SAMe, MSM, folic acid (5-methyltetrahydrofolate and L-methylfolate), B12 (methycobolamine) and betaine are also useful in providing support for methylation. Stress robs the body of methyl donors due to use in adrenalin production,

Iodine rich foods tend to decrease the risk of breast cancer development.Iodine is primarily found in sea vegetables/seaweeds. Supplemental iodine such as SSKI, Lugols solution, Ioderol and Thyactin are available as well.

Ground flax seeds are useful to bind up the metabolites of estrogen and carry them out of the body via the bowel, and also have been shown to influence a favorable ratio of estrogen metabolites.

Healthy dietary and lifestyle habits are well known to lower the risks of strokes, heart attacks, cancers and many other chronic and acute medical problems. A healthy diet is high in whole grains, beans, nuts, fresh fruits and vegetables as well as good quality meats and clean fish.

A healthy diet should also be low in processed foods, refined sugars/carbohydrates and excess alcohol. Control of weight, blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels as well as tobacco abstinence, stress management and regular exercise will also help to counterbalance any of the risks that these or any hormone may pose in addition to their other beneficial effects.

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