How to Lower your Estrogen Levels

January 17, 2008 by Kitchen Table Medicine  
Filed under Estrogen, Fibroids, PMS

PhotobucketMany diseases are affected by high levels of estrogen including fibrocystic breast disease, ovarian cysts and premenstrual syndrome or PMS. The liver is important in breaking estrogen down into an almost totally impotent form. It also converts estrogen into compounds that can be excreted from the body through urine and bile. The purpose of this diet is to support the liver, to reduce sources of estrogen found in foods, and to support other glands such as the adrenal glands an the thyroid gland that influences estrogen.


• Eliminate sugar, white flour, and refined foods.

• Eliminate methyl xanthines such as coffee, tea, chocolate, colas and other foods or beverages that contain caffeine.

• Eliminate red meat and fowl. Organically raised fowl is OK.

• Decrease fats, especially animal fats. Use instead unsaturated fats such as those in cold pressed vegetable oils.

• Increase foods found in the cabbage family such as cabbage, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, etc. As the Indole 3 Carbinole helps aid in the detoxification of estrogen to a less active form.

• Decrease dairy products such as milk, cheese, cream, etc.. This helps maximize thyroid function.

• Increase complex carbohydrates such as vegetables, whole grains, etc..

• Increase the consumption of garlic and onions.

• Be sure you are taking adequate amounts of selenium, iodine, beta-carotene and vitamins A, C and E. Consult your clinician to determine this.

Source: Bastyr Students

Edited with permission by Dr. Nicole Sundene

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4 Responses to “How to Lower your Estrogen Levels”

  1. Joy on November 5th, 2008 2:11 pm

    This might be a helpful diet for me, personally, but I find when I go this route, the toots are pretty embarrassing! Should I be off setting the lunch time meal, so my co-workers aren’t offended?

    Thanks so much!

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  3. katie on April 28th, 2009 6:59 am

    On top of making my PMS mood swings a lot better, I also lost 20 pounds following this diet!

  4. Brenda on April 30th, 2009 10:50 am

    I have just been diagnosed with cystic breasts and also areas of calcium clusters which are benign at this time. My cysts are growing at a rapid speed and have had them drained a couple times already. I don’t know what I should be doing to decrease my estrogen level, but I will try the advice on this website and see what happens. I love my coffee in the morning, and will miss it. Could I drink decafe?

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