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How to cure low estrogen?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 26, 2013 at 8:06 PM

What foods can improve estrogen levels and return cycles w/o being detrimental to health? Everything else is in the normal range (testosterone isn't high at all) and thyroid function is perfect. I just have low estrogen and I think this ceased my cycles. I was told to include soy since it is estrogenic, but is that the way to go? Hope someone's been in a similar boat here. Thanks.

93eea7754e6e94b6085dbabbb48c0bb7

on January 28, 2013
at 03:44 PM

Thank you! I already know I'm deficient in vitamin D. I've been supplementing with cod liver oil. Anything else?

93eea7754e6e94b6085dbabbb48c0bb7

on January 28, 2013
at 03:40 PM

Yes I do not have that. But thanks!

Cfdbf3485f0bac5895f86d74afd9fac0

(98)

on January 27, 2013
at 11:39 AM

no you said that "estrogen is toxic to the body for men AND women" Which is BULLSHIT!

44d244d6254dc133df6234cfb616a7d1

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on January 26, 2013
at 10:18 PM

yea that's basically what i said

366c23d69eadce094a2b22299c58a424

(2988)

on January 26, 2013
at 09:21 PM

I have read Ray Peat extensively on this subject. Nowhere is he suggesting that you should lower your estrogen to the point that your menstrual cycles cease prematurely -- quite the opposite, he seems to imply that if women can keep their progesterone and estrogen in proper balance, they can possibly delay menopause.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32564)

on January 26, 2013
at 09:19 PM

Agree about avoiding soy & other phytoestrogens.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32564)

on January 26, 2013
at 09:19 PM

Actually, women DO need estrogen for good health & fertility--it is ESTROGEN DOMINANCE that is a problem, not estrogen, per se.

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Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on January 26, 2013
at 09:24 PM

Avoid soy.

Get your vitamin D3 level tested & sun/supplement to 60-80 ng/ml. D3 is a hormone precursor.

Make sure your Zinc, Magnesium, A & K are dialed in & you are getting sufficient Paleo/Primal fats.

If you give your body the building blocks it needs, it will get your hormones back into balance.

Read this: http://www.amazon.com/John-Lees-Hormone-Balance-Simple/dp/044669438X

93eea7754e6e94b6085dbabbb48c0bb7

on January 28, 2013
at 03:44 PM

Thank you! I already know I'm deficient in vitamin D. I've been supplementing with cod liver oil. Anything else?

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B9896355c7cfc3aafcb589c97f9c8bc9

on January 27, 2013
at 10:53 AM

raspberry leaf tea {needs actual raspberry leaves in it so check labels} is supposed to be good for balancing womens hormones. i want to try it myself but i dislike tea so havent yet.

have you looked into PCOS {Polycystic ovary syndrome} ?

93eea7754e6e94b6085dbabbb48c0bb7

on January 28, 2013
at 03:40 PM

Yes I do not have that. But thanks!

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7dbf0acd443e198eab88e442114c19ff

on August 31, 2013
at 02:59 AM

I was like you at some point. I would certainly not increase soy...

However:

  • if you follow a paleo diet you may be too low carb. Make sure you eat enough carbs each day from good sources: sweet potatoes, some fruits (e.g., young coconuts), buckwheat, etc.

  • I would also have at least one big teaspoon of cod liver oil each day.

In my case this worked extremely well to restore my estrogen levels very quickly.

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366c23d69eadce094a2b22299c58a424

(2988)

on January 26, 2013
at 09:15 PM

Red clover tea has the same sort of isoflavones that are in soy and is a traditional herbal treatment for low estrogen.

No idea if it will help you, but even small amounts (1 cup a day) have worked well for me for short term issues relating to low estrogen.

Do bear in mind that like soy, it can suppress the thyroid...I would be very careful with long term use, and if you start gaining weight w/ no other obvious cause, I would suspect your metabolism is slowing down because of the thyroid issue (ditto with soy).

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Cb9a270955e2c277a02c4a4b5dad10b5

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on January 26, 2013
at 08:34 PM

Try either oysters or cholesterol rich foods.

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44d244d6254dc133df6234cfb616a7d1

on January 26, 2013
at 08:39 PM

is this a joke? estrogen is toxic to the body for men AND women...be proud that you have low estrogen...avoid soy like the plague!

estrogen has been touted as this female hormone but its anything but that...supplement w/ some pregnenolone and things will start to balance out....avoid veg oils, ALL nuts and seeds, all soy, all above ground vegetables (unless cooked)...focus on dairy, eggs, ruminant meats w/ gelatin or bone broth, fruit, and below ground veggies, and shellfish....

http://raypeat.com/articles/aging/aging-estrogen-progesterone.shtml

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32564)

on January 26, 2013
at 09:19 PM

Agree about avoiding soy & other phytoestrogens.

Cfdbf3485f0bac5895f86d74afd9fac0

(98)

on January 27, 2013
at 11:39 AM

no you said that "estrogen is toxic to the body for men AND women" Which is BULLSHIT!

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32564)

on January 26, 2013
at 09:19 PM

Actually, women DO need estrogen for good health & fertility--it is ESTROGEN DOMINANCE that is a problem, not estrogen, per se.

366c23d69eadce094a2b22299c58a424

(2988)

on January 26, 2013
at 09:21 PM

I have read Ray Peat extensively on this subject. Nowhere is he suggesting that you should lower your estrogen to the point that your menstrual cycles cease prematurely -- quite the opposite, he seems to imply that if women can keep their progesterone and estrogen in proper balance, they can possibly delay menopause.

44d244d6254dc133df6234cfb616a7d1

(-7)

on January 26, 2013
at 10:18 PM

yea that's basically what i said

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