My blog from a couple weeks ago, about the importance of eating cruciferous vegetables in the role of cancer prevention got me thinking that it was time we had more recipes about these wonderful, strong-smelling vegetables. One of my favorites is Brussels sprouts.
Brussels sprouts are great sources of vitamin C and vitamin K, as well as sulforaphane and indole 3 carbinol. Sulforaphane, a phytonutrient formed in Brussels sprouts when the leaves are chopped or chewed, boosts our body’s natural detoxification enzymes and can help clear cancer-causing substances from our system. Continue reading “Dinner Tonight: Simple Brussels Sprouts Side”
Estrogen plays many important roles in the body. For example, it is necessary for a woman’s menstrual cycle and for reproduction. It also supports cardiovascular and bone health. And, while estrogen is needed for the development of breasts, too much exposure to estrogen can also increase a woman’s risk of breast cancer. Estrogen can stimulate breast cell division and can support the growth of estrogen-responsive tumors.
Within the body, there are different estrogen metabolites which are known to be either beneficial or harmful. Simple urine tests are available to measure the metabolites and ratios to assess one’s risk. For example, the company Metametrix offers a test that measures the 2-hydroxyestrone (“good” estrogen) to 16-α-hydroxyestrone (“bad” estrogen). The 2:16 ratio can assess a woman’s long-term risk for breast, cervical, and other estrogen-sensitive cancers. Higher concentrations of 2-metabolites and lower concentrations of 16-metabolites may reduce breast cancer risk as well as the risk for other hormonally-related cancers. The good news is that nutritional interventions can promote a healthy 2:16 ratio.
In a recent study involving 47 premenopausal and 49 postmenopausal women, the results indicate that supplementation with an herbal formula may reduce the risk of breast cancer. Continue reading “Herbal Formula Shows Promise for Reducing Breast Cancer Risk”
Menopause can be a very difficult transition time for many women. Uncomfortable symptoms such as hot flashes, insomnia, forgetfulness and fatigue can be very disruptive to everyday life. Using some key nutritional support can help provide effective relief by working to balance hormones, increase energy levels and ease stress. Consulting with your physician about bio-identical hormone replacement therapy is another option that might be right for you.
Consider the following for support in menopause:
Phytoestrogens are plant substances that are capable of attaching to estrogen receptors in the body. Because they have a balancing effect on estrogen levels, phytoestrogens can be used in cases of either estrogen excess or in deficiency states. Pathway PHYTOESTROGEN PLUS is a formula that includes herbs such as black cohosh, chaste berry and dong quai for comprehensive menopausal support. Continue reading “Supporting Menopause”