Phytoestrogens-Healthy or Unhealthy

Humans need to consume food to help their body grow and retain its health. We get food from plants and animals in the form of fruits, vegetables, cereals, pulses, grains, and meat. Daily consumption of food ensures significant nourishment, metabolism, and energy supply to the body. 

One such essential compound needed by the human body is Phytoestrogen. Phytoestrogens are natural compounds present in plants and can be supplied to the human body through plant-originated food. Phytoestrogen originated from the Greek word where “Phyto” means Plant, and Estrogen is a hormone found in the human body.

Estrogen is a hormone found in both the male and female bodies. Therefore, Estrogen is already present in the human body and is responsible for developing sexual characters in females. 

As the human body consumes the phytoestrogens, they work similarly to the Estrogen in the human body. This implies although phytoestrogens are found in plants, they can work as animal estrogen as well. Thus one can state that Phytoestrogen can help regulate the body estrogen levels to a considerable extent.

What do Phytoestrogens do to Your Body?

Phytoestrogens are also called natural hormone replacement therapy as they excellently blend with the existing Estrogen and work similarly to them. Other than this, more benefits make phytoestrogens an inseparable component of our daily diet. So let’s take a further look at the aspects that make phytoestrogens essential for our body health! 

Treatment of Acne 

Several causes can make you suffer through the hardships caused by acne and pimples. The reasons are dust, pollution, dirt, debris, etc., clogged in your skin pores. The other major cause of acne in females is the spike in the amounts of the male hormone androgen. For combating the acne caused due to increased levels of androgen, phytoestrogens play a vital role. Phytoestrogens counter the effect of androgen and help to treat acne.

Relief from Menstrual Discomfort

For retaining the regulation of the menstrual cycle in women, one should maintain the amount of Estrogen in the body. Many females suffer the uncomfortable and irritable symptoms of irregular menstruation, which is caused mainly due to unhealthy levels of Estrogen. Consuming phytoestrogens in such a case can be a healthy practice to furnish the body with healthy and natural levels of Estrogen, which directly aids relief in menstrual discomfort. Also, phytoestrogens help in regular menstrual cycles working as active Estrogen and help in maintaining female health.

Prevention from Osteoporosis 

Osteoporosis is a medical condition where women start losing their bone density after a specific age. This loss in bone density can make the female body weak and unable to perform vital tasks effectively. Natural estrogen levels are responsible for maintaining healthy bone density; however, after a specific age near menopause, the estrogen levels in the female body drop, leading to severe conditions of osteoporosis. Phytoestrogens act like natural estrogens in the human body and can help maintain bone density. However, bone density reduction is a natural phenomenon and thus can’t be controlled but can be delayed with the consumption of phytoestrogens.

Relief from Premenopausal symptoms 

When a woman doesn’t get her menstrual cycle for at least 12 months in continuation after the age of 45 years, she is said to enter the Menopause state. In this state, the estrogen production in her body is decreased along with other uncomfortable symptoms like mood swings, decreased libido, and hot flashes. These symptoms are due to reduced estrogen levels and can be overcome by the consumption of phytoestrogens. Phytoestrogens supply enough hormonal strength to the body to fight these symptoms and deliver relief from them.

All these reasons make phytoestrogens essential and must be included in a routine diet to ensure estrogen levels.

All these reasons make phytoestrogens essential and must be included in a routine diet to ensure estrogen levels.

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