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October 26, 2012

Natural Herbs That Help Produce Estrogen

Natural Herbs That Help Produce Estrogen

Due to the fact that I took a serious interest in emergency survival preparedness, I have spent a great deal of time over the years learning about wild edible plants, many of which also serve for medicinal purposes and natural healing etc. Recently however, my interest in wild edible plants and medicinal herbs has increased.

One day this past summer I took a walk along a wooded trail by the river with a very close friend of mine to dig up some Burdock Root, which he taught me about as a natural wild food. After sharing a prepared Burdock root meal with my friend, I researched more about Burdock and its medicinal properties, as well as that of various other plants we harvested. I have researched quite a bit on Burdock Root and have discovered that Burdock Root contain plant estrogens, which act like the estrogen hormone in the human body.. Alternatives to HRT are herbs that contain plant estrogens. In addition to Burdock root, others include red clover, seaweed, dandelion root, fenugreek, nettle, hops, flaxseeds, black cohosh, St. John's wort, lemon balm and sage. Herbs may interact in a negative way with medications, so discuss their use with your doctor beforehand.

I myself have been manipulating my own hormone levels through herbs and diet, and it does work. I have developed small breasts, my skin is smoother, my body hair decreased and I am starting to show a larger hip. I had already been into herbal and diet based HRT alternatives when I wrote Natural Hormone Replacement Therapy for Transsexuals , so, I wish to expand in this area.
As for the Burdock Root for the estrogen benefits, it can be consumed via drinking it as a tea, or by eating the cooked roots.

As for getting Burdock Root, you can either harvest it from the wild as I do, or you can buy it online either in its organic root form, or as a supplement pill, powder, tea, etc.

October 24, 2012

Natural Hormone Replacement Therapy for Transsexuals

 Natural Hormone Replacement Therapy for Transsexuals


As a transsexual transitioning from a male body to a female one, hormonal replacement therapy is just one part of this and I have been successful in obtaining decent results with an all natural way of manipulating hormone levels through herbs and diet, and wish to share with you the following information regarding natural hormones through herbs and food. Take note however, that none of these claims have been approved nor confirmed by the FDA and are merely restated for informational purposes.

  • A higher intake of protein and fats are associated with higher levels of androgens
  • Vegetarians have lower levels of male hormones than meat eaters
  • Low Essential Fatty Acids can boost the production of testosterone. Avoiding foods which contains those EFAs will be a good way to reduce the production of testosterone,
  • Eating foods rich in phytoestrogens appears to lower androgen levels. Phytoestrogens, found in plant foods, are a weaker form of estrogen than that found in the body. The richest sources include tofu, soybeans and flax seed.
  • Soy beans consists of substance that can reduce the production of androgens called isoflavone. Foods with isoflavone which is made out of soy beans are saitans, tofu, tempeh, and many more, You can consume as much as soy beans products as you want because these foods are also healthy for your body, It is a high fiber food which is good for your metabolism, keeping your skin healthy, and limit fat intake in to your body.
  • Foods which contain high EFAs and vegetables which are classified as cruciferous, such as broccoli, turnip, cabbage, Brussels sprout, radishes and cauliflower can radically decrease the estrogen production thus increase the production of testosterone.
  • Spearmint tea decrease testosterone production in the body and act as an anti-androgen. I drink 3 cups a day. Green tea is also good for this purpose.
Herbs and Spices Containing Estradiol.
  • Soy milk
  • Yucca
  • Licorice
  • Tumeric
  • Red Clover
  • Hops
  • Mandrake
  • Verbenna
  • Bloodroot
  • Yellow Dock
  • Thyme
  • Sheep sorrel
The above listed have estrogenic activity at low physiological doses. If you take at least 2 grams of any of the herbs daily or drink 6 ounces or more of soymilk, your body is getting in touch with its feminine side. Additional herbs with higher estrogenic properties than those listed above.
  • Coumestrol
  • Mistletoe
  • Don quai
  • White clover
  • Motherwort
One of the effects of the female hormone progesterone is to inhibit the release of new LH and reduce the circulating levels of LH (5). Therefore, while progesterone is not produced in men, certain foods, herbs and spices do have progesterone like activity. Eating these progesteronic foods in appreciable amounts theoretically may reduce testosterone levels. The list below notes the progesterone-like activity of herbs and spices. Micrograms of Progesterone Equivalents/2 g Dry Herb
  • Bloodroot 100
  • Thyme 4
  • Ocotillo 8
  • Calamus Root 3
  • Mandrake 8
  • Red Clover 3
  • Oregano 8
  • Goldenseal 3
  • Damiana 6
  • Licorice 3
  • Pennyroyal 5
  • Mistletoe 3
  • Verbena 5
  • Cumin 2
  • Nutmeg 4
  • Fennel 2
  • Tumeric 4
  • Camomille 2
  • Yucca 4
  • Cloves 2
A high fat diet = high testosterone. Studies have shown that when total fat, monounsaturated fat, and saturated fat intakes increase, so does testosterone... If you must have fat, make sure it's polyunsaturated. Studies also show that eating animal protein is correlated with increases in testosterone. The "Journal of Endocrinology" has determined that soy (which contains phytoestrogens) will decrease testosterone levels. The fear that consuming soy products, and therefore the consumption of phytoestrogens, would cause a change in testosterone was proven in a study done by Gifu University School of Medicine located in Japan. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, the study revealed that testosterone concentrations were inversely related with the intake of soy products, after controlling all other factors.  

Carbohydrates and Simple Sugars Diets which are high in complex carbohydrates, simple sugars and fiber will result in lower testosterone levels. Consuming an excessive amount of carbohydrates will cause blood sugar to elevate and therefore release elevated levels of insulin and cortisol. Once these two hormones are in the body, they work to decrease production of testosterone and oppose the action of the testosterone which is released into the body.  

Foods rich in phytoestrogens, a natural estrogen: Soy. Millet. Barley. Flax seed. Lentils. Kidney beans. Lima beans. Rye. Clover. Fennel. Chickpeas (garbanzo beans). Other foods containing the estrogen compound phytoestrogen include; Apples. Alfalfa sprouts. Celery. Parsley. Beets. Bok choy. Carrots. Cucumbers. Mushrooms. Seaweeds. Squash. Pumpkin seeds. Sunflower seeds. Cherries. Olives. Pears. Plums. Tomatoes. Prunes. Barley. Oats. Brown rice. Wheat germ. Bulgur. Brewer’s Yeast. Black-eye peas. Mung bean sprouts. Navy beans. Red beans. Split peas. Spices; cloves, ginger, hops, oregano, red raspberry, sage tea, thyme, turmeric.

Flax seed is exceptionally excellent, not only as a food containing the estrogen-like phytoestrogen, but for general, all-around health. Flax seed taken daily decreases the risk of heart disease and certain cancers. Flax seed improves liver function, vastly improves the condition of dry skin, dull hair and brittle nails and is helpful in the treatment of eczema and psoriasis. Flax seed alleviates some allergies can lower total serum cholesterol levels by up to 9 percent, lowers LDL cholesterol levels by up to 18 percent, aids in weight loss, improves energy and is effective in treating depressions. Flax seed also improves mental functioning and alleviates some cases of asthma.  

HIGH TESTOSTERONE FOODS TO AVOID Raw Oysters Anything high in ZINC, and/or B6, Avocado Asparagus Banana Figs Celery Almonds and nuts in general eggs meat Brown Rice corn broccoli cabbage high proteins, fatty, etc cauliflower corn onions  

Atttempting to change hormone levels without medical supervision from your doctor could be dangerous. Please consult a doctor before beginning any large dietary changes.


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