The question is often asked by women who are confused about the subject of estrogenic foods in their diet. The concern is that eating foods that contain estrogenic compounds will make their endometriosis worse. On doing their research some are finding that even foods listed as a recommendation for the endometriosis diet contain estrogenic properties. Therefore it is understandable that it would cause confusion.
It is known that there are various foods that contain natural estrogens (called phytoestrogens) – but these are different estrogens from those found in the body. Phyto-estrogens are much less potent than the bodies own estrogens and are also excreted from the body much easier. It is thought that they actually block the body's estrogen receptor sites, thereby reducing the effect of a woman's own hormones.
For this reason it is beneficial to have some phyto-estrogenic foods in your diet because the estrogenic compounds they contain will also block additional estrogens entering your system (those that can be found in the environment, toiletries etc., and help reduce estrogen dominance). BUT you do need to keep the consumption of these phyto-estrogens in balance and not over do it.
Soy and phyto-estrogens
The soy supporters promote soybeans because they are high in two estrogen-like plant compounds, genistein and daidzein. Both of these phyto-estrogens prevent your body from taking up the more harmful forms of estrogen circulating in your blood.
But there are various reasons it is not advisable to include soy beans in the diet for endometriosis:
* Read the full article of soy HERE
Foods and phyto-estrogens
The active compounds in our foods are very complex. The key to the diet for endometriosis and phyto-estrogens is to keep things in balance. If you were to look closely at the list of estrogenic foods it would become clear that you are not going to consume these foods day in day out.
Your diet should be balanced and foods should be rotated. To give you some idea the foods that are most commonly listed as containing estrogenic compound (phyto-estrogens) are:
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