Phytoestrogens behave like the female hormone estrogen in the body . its mainly health benefit is it lowers the risk of osteoporosis , breast cancer , breast disease, menopausal symptoms .
These compounds improve plasma lipid concentration thus lowering the cholesterol levels and reducing the risk of heart disease .
Soy beans and soy products , flax seeds, sesame seeds, oats, barley, beans , fenugreek , apples, carrots ,pomegranates , rice bran , coffee, mint , fennel .
Start increasing your phytoestrogen intake slowly and gradually . make sure you get your phytoestrogens from food and not from pills or supplements .moderate consumption of foods high in phytoestrogens is unlikely to have any adverse effects and these foods are generally healthful.
Pregnant or breast feeding women should not use phytoestrogen supplements . studies shows that phytoestrogens found in high amount in flax seeds have been shown to cause developmental abnormalities.