Vegetables to Support Hormone Health

Cruciferous vegetables (like kale, collards, mustard greens, broccoli, broccoli microgreens, etc.) are important to help the liver metabolize estrogen in a healthy way. Cruciferous vegetables contain sulforaphane which is converted in the body to Diindolylmethane (DIM) or indole-3-carbinol (I3C). These compounds help to shift estrogen metabolism towards a healthier pathway, producing less of the undesirable metabolites. Vitamin B12, folate (Vitamin B9) and foods such as onions, garlic and beets help to support methylation of the harmful metabolites when they occur, which may help reduce potential DNA damage that could lead to hormone related cancers.

Vegetables high in fiber are also beneficial as they stabilize blood sugar (especially important in conditions such as PCOS) and help to move waste out of the body, which reduces reabsorption of potentially harmful hormone metabolites (e.g., 4-hydroxy estrogens). These metabolites have been found to correlate with breast and other hormone-dependent cancers. Aiming for a minimum of 25 grams of fiber daily is often recommended along with adequate hydration.  

Having optimal progesterone levels is essentially important to women's health. Omega-3 fatty acids as well as Vitamins B6 and C, and minerals such as magnesium and zinc are helpful in supporting the body’s natural production of progesterone. Omega-3’s also reduce inflammation in the body which indirectly supports healthy estrogen metabolism. 

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Kale
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