Good Estrogens, Bad Estrogens
Estrogen is the primary female sex hormone, and is required for over 400 functions in the body. However, there are Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã¢â‚¬Å“goodÃ¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â and Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã¢â‚¬Å“badÃ¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â kinds of estrogens. High levels of some estrogen metabolites have been associated with an increased risk of breast and other cancers. Xenoestrogens, or synthetic estrogens encountered in the environment, can also be dangerous.
Diindolylmethane, or DIM, is a compound from broccoli that has been shown to promote the production of good estrogens and reduce the production of bad estrogens. It has been shown to halt the growth of breast and cervical cancer cells, and shows potential for reversing cervical dysplasia. 8-prenylnaringenin, from hops, is a potent phytoestrogen that also has anti-cancer activities.
Certain natural compounds can help enhance the detoxification of toxins and carcinogens, including xenoestrogens, by the liver. D-glucarate supports healthy detoxification and can even assist in the elimination of excess estrogen from the body. Sulforaphane activates phase II detoxification enzymes, which are involved in the breakdown of cancer causing compounds. Both of these compounds have the potential to help reduce the incidence of breast cancer. Choline supports liver function, which is the primary site of these detoxification processes.