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The Connection between Estrogen and Cancer

Every woman produces estrogen, but not every woman processes estrogen the same way. Adult women are prone to cancer if there is an imbalance in how the body breaks down estrogen, according to HL Bradlow in a published study in Epidemiology.

Research has shown that the body breaks down estrogen into two types. One form is known as 2-hydroestrone, known as the so called "good estrogen," which protects against tumor formation. The second form of estrogen is known as 16-alpha hydroxyestrogen, known as the "bad estrogen," which can promote tumor formation.

After analyzing the records of more than 10,000 women, research has shown that those who produce more "bad estrogen" are at a greater risk of cancer.

 The good new is that estrogen levels can now be measured with a simple urine test to determine if you have higher levels of the "good vs. the bad estrogen."

          Cruciferous Vegetables and Reduced Cancer Risks

Since the late 1970's, research has shown that women who eat cruciferous vegetables have an overall reduced risk of breast cancer. Vegetables such as kale and Brussels sprouts contain compounds that shift the breakdown of estrogen to the more protective "good estrogen", adding protection against cancer.

Research has also shown that women who supplemented their diet with dehydrated organic Brussels sprouts and kale were able to experience a substantial shift in their estrogen breakdown from the "bad estrogen to good estrogen."

A new study has shown that a supplement program containing 3.6 grams of dehydrated organic Brussels sprouts and kale was effective in tipping the balance of estrogen in favor of the good form. This study was published by J. Morrison.

While many factors can contribute to breast cancer, there are life-style and dietary changes that can help shift your body toward the more positive way that it processes estrogen.

Please consider speaking to Dr. Cimperman or Dr. Gallagher to help develop a program that is right for you!

Disclaimer: The information contained in this email is not meant to treat, cure or diagnose and illness, disease or health condition. Please contact an qualified health care provider with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your health.

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