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Our body’s hormones operate similarly to that of a seesaw. Whenever they’re balanced perfectly, our body functions efficiently. But, whenever they become unbalanced, our body gradually experiences a myriad of problems.

 

What Is Estrogen?

Where testosterone is known as the “male” hormone that plays a pivotal role in their development, estrogen is a “female” hormone that plays a pivotal role in the woman’s development. In women, it helps to stimulate sexual development as well as to regulate a woman’s reproductive system and her menstrual cycle.

 

High Levels

High levels can occur if the levels go above what would be considered as normal. These high levels can occur as a result of an outside factor such as medication or it can occur naturally. For example, women who undergo replacement therapy as a result of menopause may experience problematic levels with this kind of hormone. Whenever our body’s levels of this hormone goes too high it can lead to the development of certain symptoms such as:
* Headaches
* Mood swings
* Fibrocystic developments in the breast
* Weight gain
* Insomnia
* Depression
* Memory fog
* Decreased sex drive
* The swelling and tenderness of the breast
* Irregular menstrual cycles
* PMS

 

It’s Role In Cancer

The effects that it has on the body aren’t just limited to those alone. Emerging modern research has been continuously demonstrating that high levels of this hormone play a pivotal role in the development of certain kinds of cancers as well. In fact, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) added this type of hormone to its complied list of cancer-causing substances. Even though high levels of this hormone has been a suspected carcinogen (cancer causing agent), it was not until recently that they found definitive proof that high levels can cause cancer within the breast and uterus.

 

How Does High Estrogen Levels Cause Cancer?

When this hormone runs rapid within the body, one of the things it does is to help cells proliferate (increase rapidly in numbers). In response to this, the affected cells essentially try to rid itself of estrogen by conducting a variety of reactions which leads to the production of oxygen radicals that damage the cell’s fat, proteins and DNA. Unrepaired DNA damage can eventually turn into a mutation, which subsequently leads to cancer.

 

How To Reduce Estrogen In The Body

 

Fortunately, there are a variety of substances available that can help to fight excess estrogen. Some of them include:

* Calcium D Glucarate – This substance can be taken in the form of a supplement. It works as an inhibitor that essentially detoxifies estrogen molecules. Meaning, it can actually bind to this hormone’s molecules that have already been metabolized by the body and basically force them to exit the body before they are reabsorbed by our intestinal walls.

* DIM (Diindolylymethane) – When estrogen is broken down by the body, it can form harmful (cancer causing metabolites) or beneficial estrogen metabolites. Diindolylmethane helps our bodies to avoid the possibility of breaking it down to harmful metabolites and to instead, break it down into the beneficial type.

* Indole-3-Carbinol – This substance has been medically proven to impede estrogen receptors within the uterus and breasts. Meaning that it can help reduce the amount of metabolites that may be circulating within the breast and uterus, which in excess can cause the development of cancer within those areas. It’s also proposed that Indole-3-Carbinol can help to boost the body’s ability to repair damaged proteins such as a cell’s DNA for example.

References
http://www.livestrong.com/article/164740-what-are-the-side-effects-of-high-estrogen-levels/
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12840226
http://www.cumc.columbia.edu/publications/in-vivo/Vol2_Iss10_may26_03/index.html
http://www.anabolicmen.com/supplements-that-lower-estrogen/
http://www.livestrong.com/article/411813-diindolylmethane-benefits/