Aromatase is an enzyme that is responsible for the production of estrogen. Although estrogen is important for our health, too much estrogen and poor elimination of old estrogen can lead to high levels of estrogen. There is strong evidence that estrogen stimulates the growth of endo, and studies have shown that aromatase inhibitors can help to reduce endo symptoms. Like all drugs and medications, there can be side effects. The good news is, you can eat foods that will help reduce aromatase activity as well as foods that will aid in metabolism of old estrogen. You can also make lifestyle changes to improve your aromatase production.
- Lose weight if you are overweight, especially in your mid-section. The fat around your waist, visceral adipose tissue (VAT), produces aromatase.
- Address hyperinsulinemia. Insulin stimulates aromatase.
- Decrease inflammation. Inflammation stimulates aromatase.
- Reduce stress. Chronic stress elevates cortisol, which leads to inflammation, which stimulates aromatase.
- Do daily exercise.
- Natural aromatase inhibitors include chrysin, naringenin, apigenin, and genistein. Include foods such as dietary fiber, lignins from flax seed, genistein and daidzein from soy (non-GMO), resveratrol as a supplement or found in red wine (particularly French Cabernet and CA Pinot Noir), grape seed extract (proanthocyanidins), white button mushrooms, brassaiopsis glomerulata, and green tea.
- Foods which increase the metabolism of old estrogen include cruciferous vegetables (kale, broccoli, cabbage, onions, garlic, radishes, cauliflower, and collard greens). Aim to eat 3 servings daily raw and cooked.
- Strong anti-inflammatory foods include ginger, curcummin, and cinnamon.
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