Estrogen and Breast Cancer: The Connection
Estrogen & Breast Cancer
Estrogen and Cancer
Every woman produces estrogen, but not every woman processes estrogen the same way. Adult women are prone to cancer if there is an imbalance in how the body breaks down estrogen. Research has shown that the body breaks down estrogen into two different forms. One form, 2-hydroxyestrone, also know as the “good estrogen,” tends to protect against tumor formation. The second form of estrogen, 16-alpha hydroxyestrogen, also known as “bad estrogen,” can actually promote tumor development. After analyzing the records of 10,000 women, research has shown that women who produce more of the “bad estrogen” are at greater risk for breast cancer.
How Do I Know If I Have The Right Balance Of Estrogen?
A simple urine test will show if your estrogen levels are higher in the more protective “good estrogen” or higher in the potential cancer promoting “bad estrogen.” Your doctor can give you more information on this quick, easy and inexpensive test.
Cruciferous Vegetables and Reducing Cancer Risk
Since the late 1970’s, research has shown that women who eat cruciferous vegetables have an overall reduced risk of breast cancer. Vegetables such as Kale and Brussels sprouts contain compounds that shift the breakdown of estrogen to more of the protective “good estrogen,” thus protecting against cancer.
Research has shown, women who supplemented their diet with dehydrated Brussels sprouts and kale were able to experience a substantial positive shift in their estrogen metabolism.
How Can I Increase My Levels of “Good Estrogen?”
A new study has shown that a supplement program containing 3. 6 grams of dehydrated organic Brussels sprouts and kale was effective in tipping the delicate balance of estrogens in favor of the good form.
Organically grown, bio-available kale and Brussels sprouts are now available in a supplement. Talk to your doctor today about how whole food supplementation can benefit your estrogen metabolism.
Are Your Estrogen Levels In The Right Balance?
If you have less than the desirable 2/16 estrogen ratio, your doctor can help. Recent studies show that there are a number of factors which can have a positive or negative effect on the way your body processes estrogen. These can include dietary and lifestyle factors as well as genetic pre-dispositions.
Talk to your doctor today about developing a program that is right for you.