Unfortunately due to the abundance of various stressors, toxins, chemicals and endocrine disruptors surrounding us today, our hormones are easily imbalanced. Here are 2 foods that can help.
This seemingly simple and ordinary cruciferous vegetable is actually in fact kind of magical. This guy contains a phytonutrient called indol-3-carbinol that has the power to decrease the amount of harmful estrogen metabolites formed in the body. This is good news especially when it comes to estrogen-related cancers such as breast and cervical.
Broccoli also contains lignans (although flaxseed is the richest source). Lignans are compounds in plants that contain phytoestrogens which help to balance estrogen levels. Basically, lignans provide estrogenic support if there is low estrogen and if estrogen levels are too high they attach to estrogen receptors, reducing their activity and blocking their effect. Lignans also prevent xenoestrogens (unnatural, toxic estrogens found in things like plastics and pesticides – one big reason to buy organic!)
Maca is a root from peru. Maca helps to balance hormones by working as an adaptogen by nourishing various parts of the body individually. If you’re producing too much of a particular hormone, maca will regulate the production downward. However, if you’re producing too little, it’ll regulate the production upward. Maca stimulates and nourishes the hypothalamus and pituitary glands which are the “master glands” of the body. These glands actually regulate the other glands, so when in balance they can bring balance to the adrenal, thyroid, pancreas, ovarian and testicular glands.