Cruciferous vegetables are those green, purple, and white friends from the garden that help balance your hormones, reduce your risk of certain cancers, and make you feel good inside. So, why not add 1-2 servings a day of cooked cruciferous vegetables to your already stellar diet? Some options include boc choy, broccoli, cabbage, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, mustard, rutabaga, and turnip.
These amazing properties are mostly due to the vegetables’ ability to clear unwanted estrogens from our bodies. We might have extra estrogens floating around from eating meat and dairy that have been treated with hormones, from some plastics and, increasingly, from our water supply. Estrogen accumulation may also be due to a genetic predisposition.
How does it work? Researchers have found that cruciferous vegetables contain a phytonutrient that actually helps to promote estrogen metabolism. As time goes on, and the contaminants in our environment build, it is becoming increasingly important to promote healthy elimination of extra estrogens. This can have an impact on both men and women, helping to reduce the risk for certain conditions, like breast cancer and enlarged prostate.
For some with a clear picture of estrogen dominance, a supplement containing the phytonutrient from said friendly vegetables may help to ease signs & symptoms of estrogen dominance, like premenstrual breast pain, water retention and irritability. It may also help to reduce the risk of breast and other cancers, including secondary cancers. DIM (diindolylmethane) is the part of the plant that is responsible for promoting healthy estrogen metabolism.