Phytoestrogens are plant based substances that have estrogen-like properties. They are often used in holistic treatment for menopause to reduce symptoms such as hot flashes. Phytoestrogens exert their action by attaching to an estrogen receptor site, thus they mimic the effects of the missing estrogen.
Phytoestrogens are commonly found in soybeans, flaxseed, alfalfa, hops, thyme and whole grains. Isoflavones and lignans are the 2 types of phytoestrogens found in these foods. Observational studies have identified decreased risks of breast, ovarian, uterine and prostate cancers. However, these effects have not been replicated in placebo controlled studies. Further information on isoflavones can be found in a supplemental blog.
Dr. Anne Hermann, a holistic internal medicine physician, maintains offices in Tampa and Saint Petersburg Beach, Florida. Comprehensive hormone testing and menopausal treatment is offered in the office. Please call the office at (813) 902-9559 for more information or to schedule an appointment.