Your body’s hormones are like a seesaw. When they’re perfectly balanced, your body works as it should. But when you have High Estrogen, you may begin experiencing problems.
Estrogen is known as the “female” hormone. Testosterone is known as the “male” hormone. Although each hormone is identified with a specific sex, both are found in women and men. On average, women have higher levels of estrogen and men have more testosterone.
In women, estrogen helps initiate sexual development. Along with another female sex hormone known as progesterone, it also regulates a woman’s menstrual cycle and affects her entire reproductive system. In premenopausal women, estrogen and progesterone levels vary from one stage of the menstrual cycle to another.
Although it’s called the female hormone, a man’s body also makes estrogen. A healthy balance of estrogen and testosterone is important for sexual growth and development. When these hormones become imbalanced, your sexual development and function may be affected.
Symptoms of high estrogen
- Acne. When estrogen gets high and progesterone is low. Therefore we end up with more DHT, which then causes sebum production to increase, leading to more oily skin, clogged pores and acne.
- Water retention. Increased estrogen can lead to water retention which causes swelling in the hands and feet, through the midsection, or all throughout the body.
- Weight gain. Estrogen and progesterone are the two primary female sex hormones. These chemicals are produced mainly in your sex organs, but are also produced or converted into forms of estrogen in other places such as fat tissue.
- Infertility. Estrogen is partly responsible for creating healthy sperm. When estrogen levels are high, sperm levels may fall and lead to fertility issues.
- Gynecomastia. Estrogen may stimulate breast tissue growth. Men with too much estrogen may develop gynecomastia, a condition which leads to larger breasts.
- Erectile dysfunction (ED). Men with high levels of estrogen may have difficulty getting or maintaining an erection.
Below we have listed the top 5 Most powerful supplements for lowering high estrogen levels.
Zinc is one of the 24 essential minerals. It regulates more than 100 enzymes in the body and is known for its testosterone boosting effects. However zinc is also a potent estrogen blocker… It works by inhibiting the aromatase enzyme, which converts testosterone molecules into estrogen via aromatization. One study, found out that zinc defiency can more than double the amount and activity of the estrogen receptors. Zinc defiency is much more common than people think, as we need at least 15 mg’s of zinc daily, due to the fact that our bodies can’t store it, nor can they synthesize it. So to inhibit the aromatase enzyme and block estrogen, you should eat tons of oysters and steak, and on top of that maybe supplement with some zinc orotate (most potent form with highest bio-availibity).
Resveratrol is one of the antioxidant polyphenols in red grapes. It’s also one of the key compounds making red wine somewhat healthy. Recent research has shown that resveratrol may have some potent aromatase inhibiting qualities… One study found that resveratrol inhibits aromatase enzyme and blocks estrogen inside breast cancer cells. And another found that it was effective at lowering estrogen levels inside the human placental JEG-3 cells. Further studies are needed to validate these claims, but so far resveratrol seems very promising. When supplementing with resveratrol, make sure that it’s derived from grape skins, instead of Japanese knotweed which is estrogenic.
DIM (Diindoylmethane) is a compound occurring naturally in crusiferous vegetables. It works through 2 mechanisms… Firstly, it helps the liver to metabolize estrogen. Secondly, it converts strong estrogen derivates into their less potent form. You can get DIM by eating tons of crusiferous vegetables (broccoli, kale, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, etc)… Or if you want a stronger dose of the compound, you can also supplement with DIM extract (make sure to get a product that’s not derived from soy).
Myomin is a Chinese herbal mixture, relatively new discovery for me. It contains the following herbs: Aralia dasyphyllia, Cucuma zedoria, Cyperus rotundus, and Smilax glabra Roxb. According to the manufacturers it’s a combination of Chinese herbs known for their aromatase inhibiting effects, designed for both men and women to lower high estrogen. At first I was bit skeptical about the claims, as I had never heard of those herbs before. But then I found few studies and case reports of the supplement more than halving estrogen levels. I was still a bit skeptical, so I checked Amazon’s customer reviews about Myomin, and found out that there was a lot of guys who had increased their testosterone levels and succesfully reduced their high estradiol with Myomin. So it seems like this mix may have some very beneficial effects. And that’s why I’m going to test this brand out as soon as possible.
Calcium-D-Glucarate is a fiber found in the “jelly” portion of most dark berries. It works as a β-glucuronidase inhibitor, and has a detoxifying effect on estrogen molecules… In human words this means that Calcium-D-Glucarate binds into already metabolized estrogen molecules and helps them to exit the body via intestines without being reabsorbed through the intestial walls. Unfortunately Calcium-D-Glucarate isn’t that well covered in research, but I managed to dig out a rat study where it reduced estrogen levels by 23% when compared to placebo.