I'm looking for ways to reduce my estrogen levels. From what I understand, excess estrogen can lead to excess fat accumulation in guys. I'm a young male and I've always had a bit more fat in my tricep area than I would like, and I'm thinking that it's because my estrogen levels are too high. Even when I was very very lean (7-8% body fat), my triceps seemed to have a bit more fat proportionally than the rest of my body. Right now I'd guess that my body fat is between 10-13%. While the rest of my body is still pretty lean, my triceps are a bit flabby.
Is there a way to lower circulating levels of estrogen naturally? What type of foods should be avoided/consumed? I've been drinking a lot of green tea lately because I heard thru the grape vine that it can help reduce the estrogen circulating throughout your body (it's probably a load of BS though).
If you have a good anti-estrogen supplement I guess I could try that as well.
Thanks for reading!
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on August 09, 2012
at 02:53 PM
have your hormones tested first.... then:
eat more cruciferous vegetables (unless you have a thyroid condition)
take DIM and/or calcium-d glucarate
decrease your exposure to BPA, plastics, perfumes and cosmetics containing endocrine disrupters (see the cosmetic database)
on August 09, 2012
at 02:55 PM
I had this in my archives about estrogen detox...I unfortunately can't find the source, but I do want to say that this is a copy from someone else smarter than me, don't give me credit for it.
Supplement With Essential Nutrients
The essential nutrients to help detoxify estrogen are the B vitamins, zinc, omega-3 fish oils, DIM (nutrient found in cruciferous vegetables), green tea, magnesium, selenium, and melatonin. The only nutrient I haven???t already mentioned is vitamin E, which is a potent antioxidant.
Magnesium plays a role inmethylation, or that final phase of estrogen excretion. I call your attention to it here because almost everyone needs to supplement with magnesium because people are chronically deficient. Athletes and strength trainees are especially susceptible to low magnesium because this nutrient plays a role in muscle contractions. Low vitamin E is associated with elevated estrogen and it has been shown to inhibit the growth of breast and prostate cancer cells.
Watch What You Drink
Eliminate all alcohol besides certain red wine. Sardinian and Spanish wines are rich in antioxidants that help remove estrogens. Other good choices are Pinot and Merlot. Alcohol increases estrogen levels in men and women, and it has been shown to decrease testosterone as well. Even moderate alcohol consumption (other than Sardinian, Spanish and certain French wines) has been shown to increase the risk of prostate and breast cancer.
The one exception is wine rich in either resveratrol or trans-resveratrol, which has been shown to inhibit aromatase (the enzyme that turns testosterone into estrogen), thereby lowering estrogen levels. For example, a study that was just published showed that red but not white wine acted as an aromatase inhibitor and resulted in lower estrogen levels after one month in premenopausal women. The group of women that drank eight ounces of red wine daily had higher testosterone and lower estrogen levels than the group that drank white wine daily. Previous studies have shown that red wine appears to lower overall cancer risk, and it provides cardioprotective effects along with increasing insulin sensitivity.
Limit Chemical Estrogen Exposure
Avoiding chemical estrogens is one of the most important strategies for preventing cancer and protecting yourself. If you were able to have no contact with chemical estrogens, and you had good nutrition, a lean body composition, and a large proportion of muscle mass, it is very unlikely you???d have excess estrogen or be at risk of cancer. But, chemical estrogens are everywhere. It is only recently that the mainstream medical community has started to seriously consider the connection between cancer and the toxic environment the industry has created with the lax regulation of toxic estrogenic chemicals.
There is even a movement in public health advocacy that government regulatory bodies and chemical companies need to take action to reduce environmental toxins. Although there is an awareness that the responsibility of reducing cancer risk shouldn???t be on the individual because we cannot completely avoid contact with chemical estrogens, the reality is that you have to take responsibility for eliminating estrogen from your body and the bodies of your loved ones.
on August 09, 2012
at 02:47 PM
Before blindly heading out and adjusting your hormone levels, you may want to have a full hormone screen taken by your doctor. When you adjust one hormone, your body reacts by adjusting other hormone levels. Just cutting one down arbitrarily can create more problems than you expect.
As for your triceps, have you ever considered just working out that muscle group? You might have 'normal' fat distribution there but lack a musculature to stabilize it, which would result in a 'flabby' appearance.
on August 09, 2012
at 03:04 PM
I agree with others that you should be tested.
Saliva is best for this (or urine according to some).
You could just as easily have low testosterone as high estrogen (or both). Do you have symptoms of low testosterone?
If your estrogen is high, then its likely from xeno-estrogens in the your living situation and from eating soy or meat fed with soy.
Labrix does a fabulous job with saliva hormone testing.
on February 10, 2014
at 04:56 PM
I believe the source of the ways to lower estrogen is the following: http://www.poliquingroup.com/ArticlesMultimedia/Articles/Article/801/10_Ways_To_Lower_Estrogen_Toxic_Load_.aspx
on August 14, 2012
at 12:38 PM
One thing you might want to look at is how is your Free Test Levels if you get blood work done. You said your tricep area has more fat, according to Bio signature skin-fold test like Charles Poliquin has used for athletes this means your testosterone levels are low. A lower skin-fold in the tricep area means higher Test levels. If you your skin fold in your pectorial region is high this means excess estrogen levels from foods, products we use daily, or it is being converted over from testosterone. Just a though