Plant estrogens are much weaker so have less of an impact. So if you are low estrogen, they help by performing some of your estrogen functions. If you have excess estrogen, phytoestrogen may help by binding to receptors so that your stronger estrogen can't.
Anyway, I have done TONS of research on natural remedies for hormones, but I always find contradictory things said about phytoestrogens. I've heard they increase estrogen but I've also heard they decrease estrogen. Which is it?
So you're saying that plant estrogens can help, but I'm guessing that other types like soy etc. (which I wouldn't take anyway) are trickier?
It's so confusing. There are certain vegetables that are said to increase estrogen and others that are said to decrease it. I don't even think I want to play around with it. I'll just eat whichever veggies I want, because I'm afraid if I overload on certain types (increasing/decreasing) I'll end up giving myself an imbalance. I think exercise helps a lot with hormones too as long as it's not too overdone.
OP: Do you exercise?
Yes, I exercise. I walk my dog for about an hour a day, yoga and cardio ballet once a week. I am pretty underweight (5'5, about 115 lbs) so I don't really do it to lose weight. It also helps my depression.
The broccoli in the Hormone Balance I am on now were described to me to help your body metabolize estrogen from your body faster. We are supporting my estrogen, even though it is in a good range, because there are 3 types of estrogen. E2 is the most potent out of the three, which I think is the one that get metabolized with the broccoli. The other two are just as necessary, but not as potent, so they need more help. That's how it was explained to me.
My forehead and chin are mostly clear (probably from the Differin and Aczone), but now the cheeks on either sides of my mouth are breaking out in clusters...3-4 non-inflamed blemishes in the same area on each side, which is weird because I don't usually break out there. I am right before my period, so it's not unusual that I am breaking out. I guess I should be glad it's not any worse. Just odd since the only thing that has changed is this new supplement routine.
Just out of curiosity, why did you go off the Spiro?