Can I replace estrogen through a healthy diet?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
Some people believe that adding soy and flaxseed to diets can compensate for loss of natural estrogen. And this has caused a bit of a stir because this may not be good advice for women who have a history of breast cancer. Soy and flax have phytoestrogens that may fuel estrogen-positive cancers. This has not proven to be a real concern, as randomized controlled trials actually showed a reduction in breast cancers. Phytoestrogens in food may help increase bone density and lower LDL cholesterol. Plant estrogens are also found in whole grains and beans, which are always great choices. So just make sure you check with you doctor before you go to Costco or Sam’s Club to buy a giant bag of edamame.

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