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.
For more information please call our office for an appointment.
To your health,
Vital Health Endometriosis Center
Thank you for this information. I have had endo for as long as I can remember, but did not know that it was the problem until I was in my early thirties. I have had 3 children with no conception problems. I ended up with a complete hysterectomy in 2006. I then discovered that I had endo in my bladder and had 5 shots of lupron. All this to lead up to the fact that I have not been able to feel like I have recovered. I am sensitive to Wheat (stomach pain), sugar ( get sleepy), oy (start bleeding after peeing). I have about 50 lbs that I could get rid of and not miss it. But, it is so discouraging to keep trying to find a way to lose weight only to find that it doesn’t work for me. my Dr. jokes that for some reason I defy the normal way of things and it seems that she is right.
I need help to find a way to lose weight that doesn’t make my day revolve around food and doesn’t cost a fortune.
Any additions suggestions to the ones in the blog?
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