Instead of going on estrogen replacement therapy and getting unwanted side effects, there is a more natural way to revitalize your estrogen levels. Eating estrogen-rich foods will help you bring yourself to the appropriate level so you can rebalance your hormones to feel happy and healthy again.
1. Sesame seeds
Both sesame seeds and sesame seed oil contain lignans, which are the prime phytonutrient for estrogen. However, if you really want to reap the ultimate benefit, you are going to want whole sesame seeds.
These little bundles of health are loaded with fiber and other minerals to complement an appropriately functioning body. A single tablespoon of sesame seeds provides you with 1/10 the daily recommended intake of iron, magnesium, calcium and 4% your daily fiber.
Also called garbanzo beans, this savory food is a natural source of phytoestrogen. Though that is not real estrogen, phytoestrogen is a complete supplement for it. You know what you can make with sesame seeds and chickpeas? Hummus.
However, if you are not a hummus fan, try making falafel, adding chickpeas to salads, pasta, or whipping them into a veggie burger. Since they are also high in fiber and protein, you will feel satiated for longer.
3. Alfalfa sprouts
An overlooked contender, alfalfa sprouts contain the plant variant of estrogen, like chickpeas. They are nutrient dense, low in calories and carbohydrates, and are available year round. Alfalfa sprouts add a delicious crunch to noodle stir-fries, sandwiches, and even to the salad.
4. Bran cereal
Aside from being touted for keeping you regular, bran, namely wheat bran, is a prime source of grain-based phytoestrogen. By adding bran to your diet, you can easily balance your hormone levels. Luckily, because bran has been popular throughout the years, you will have no problem finding a decent cereal that contains it.
5. Soy products
Tofu, soy milk, tempeh, and soybeans all have something in common: an amazing amount of phytoestrogen. Any soy product is going to be the main source of phytoestrogen in your diet, unless you have a soy allergy, that is.
Swap out cow’s milk for soy milk, go meatless on Monday and try tofu or tempeh burgers, nosh on edamame, and whip soy yogurt into your bowl of bran flakes. Soybeans are also high in vitamins and minerals, so if you are feeling a bit anemic or suffering from low magnesium, these little gems are the perfect supplement.
This delectable herb is a prize in dishes all around the world. Plus, it wards off vampires and low estrogen levels. Shake some garlic powder into your mashed potatoes, use minced garlic in pasta sauce, in gravies, on sandwiches, or even in your hummus.
7. Dried apricots, dates, and prunes
These dried fruits will help your estrogen levels out phenomenally. In fact, because they are so dense, you get more phytonutrients from pieces of dried fruit than you would fresh fruit. Just remember that while these are delicious snacks, they also have more sugar. Snack smartly!
8. Green peas
Though often considered as the “side dish,” peas deserve some limelight. They have a wonderful amount of phytonutrients, fiber, vitamin C, magnesium, iron, and even potassium. Plus, pea protein is highly digestible, which is great for sensitive stomachs.
Let peas take a lead role on your plate by adding them to the casserole, mashing them into your whipped cauliflower, or even adding them to soup. Pop them in the freezer if you are looking for a sweet snack in the summer.
Often used as a meat replacement, beans are also adequate estrogen replacement. Black beans, kidney beans, lima beans, and more are all high in fiber and help lower cholesterol. Since beans are staples in many ethnic dishes, you should have no trouble adding them to your diet if you have not already.
Out of all the foods on this list, flaxseeds are the all-stars. They have the highest amount of estrogen as well as fiber and ALA omega-3 fatty acids. Flaxseeds can be used almost anywhere.
Add them raw or ground to bread, into smoothies, soups, sauces, pasta, cereal, yogurt, or anywhere these seeds can go. They will add a pleasant density to your food that you will barely taste.
Eating these ten estrogen-rich foods is not only easy but delicious. So many of these foods have multiple uses, so you never have to go long without a rich source of natural estrogen. At last, you can find balance in your womanhood without needing pharmaceuticals and nasty side effects.