Estrogens in Food
Now, here is a chart from a Website showing foods high in estrogens and those that block estrogen. Keep in mind the difference between [ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lignans"]lignans[/ame] and [ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isoflavones"]isoflavones[/ame]. The use of high estrogen foods-especially those rich in glutamate- should be reconsidered in formulating the ultimate diet for the epileptic or those suffering from excitotoxin-related disorders as we know that estrogens are inflammatory and sensitize neurons to the action of glutamate (e.g. catamenial seizures, PMS).
I posted this chart mainly to help people see that the main "trouble foods"- gluten grains (wheat, barley, rye), dairy, and soy- are all in the estrogen-rich list. As you read more about what researchers are finding concerning the difference between lignans and isoflavones, you will see the war that is going on in our bodies between good and bad estrogens, paralleling the one raging between good and bad lectins.
Here's the site:
Here's the chart:
Foods Containing Natural Estrogens
Note: Those is bold are also RICH in glutamate.
Chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
Cowpeas (black- eyed peas)
Rice (relatively high)
Estrogen Inhibiting Foods
If you are suffering from breast cancer, PMS, fibroids, ovarian cysts, and other situations that estrogen might exacerbate, the following estrogen inhibiting foods might be of interest to you.
Fruits (except apples, cherries, dates, pomegranates)
White flour Now, this is really cool! Why would wheat be on the list of estrogen-rich foods while white flour is on the list of estrogen-blocking foods? Doesn't make sense right? Actually, it DOES and illustrates a VERY important point. What do you get when you add water to white flour? Glue/ paste, right? What have I been saying about gluten again...it is "glue" and it does coat and stick to the villi of the duodenum. In this case, it coats the villi and blocks the absorption of the ESTROGENS in the food. Now, how cool is that?
Estrogens In Food (List)