I want to cover a hormonal imbalance that way too many women suffer from, but most do not know they have it.

I’m talking about estrogen dominance.

The common symptoms of estrogen dominance are:

  • tender and fibrocystic breasts
  • estrogenic cancers such as breast, ovarian, uterine
  • fibroids
  • endometriosis
  • PMS
  • thyroid nodules
  • cellulite on the butt and thighs
  • water retention
  • weight gain, especially around the butt and hips
  • infertility
  • irregular periods
  • lack of ovulation

Note: Even though you might be headed for peri- and menopause, you can still be experiencing estrogen dominance.

How so?

Let’s understand estrogen dominance (ED, in short) first

It can happen due to two main reasons:

Reason #1: You have insufficient progesterone to oppose estradiol, the “aggressive” estrogen that has been connected to the growth of pathogenic tissue like in the case of fibroids, cancers, and endometrial tissue.

Reason #2: The way your body is breaking down estrogens to the various estrogenic metabolites, is not favorable to you.

Due to a poor liver function, inappropriate diet, nutritional deficiencies, gut issues, and chronic constipation, your body is creating too much of the antagonistic estrogen metabolites that cause harm.

Common misconceptions:

Please read these, so many of our readers believe in these, to their detriment:

Misconception #1:  I’m headed for peri- and menopause, I can’t have estrogen dominance since my estrogen levels are dropping.

Wrong.

Even though your estrogen might be dropping, the way the estrogens get broken down is what causes the ED symptoms.

This is why so many women who enter peri- and menopause, in spite of low estrogen levels, develop ER+ (estrogen receptor positive) breast cancers.

It’s the estrogen metabolites that cause it – not too much estrogen!

Misconception #2: I need to lower my estrogen intake and avoid food high in estrogens (called phytoestrogens, such as flaxseed) because I’m already estrogen dominant.

This is wrong, too.

You want estrogen (or else you won’t function well at all), just the right type and the right metabolites.

Most women with ED do not suffer because of too much estrogen but because they are not breaking down and evacuate these estrogens well enough.

The only thing you want to lower is xynoestrogens (or synthetic estrogens) found in commercial skin care products, perfumes, and cleaning products.

Misconception #3: Even though I clearly have estrogen dominance, I should not eat cruciferous vegetables because I have hypothyroidism.

This one drives me crazy – whoever started this has done such a disservice to women’s health!

Please get your information from reliable sources, not unreliable health blogs and Facebook “health experts”!

First off: There is not a single study that shows that cruciferous vegetables inhibit the thyroid.

All the thyroid experts including Dr. Izabella Wentz, Dr. Alan Christianson, Dr. K, agree – eating cruciferous veggies will not slow your thyroid down.

Secondly: cruciferous vegetables (see below on the supplement line-up and explanation) are key in resolving estrogen dominance.

And guess what?!

ED interferes with the conversion of the T4 hormones (including Synthroid) to the bioactive T3 which is your working horse.

Not to mention that crucifers help to detox the liver which is fundamental to thyroid health.

How to reverse and manage Estrogen Dominance?

The best approach that will generate the fastest and most profound changes is when you combine diet changes with supplements.

Diet is your foundation.

Supplements are your amplifiers and accelerators of healing.

Since this article is focused on supplements, I will dive right in.

Last Friday, my colleague and our Hormone Balance Nutritionals product advisor (who helped me put the line together), Joanne Phillips and I did a hugely popular Facebook Live where we covered these 3 products.

You can watch the replay here


We covered these
key products:

#1  Foundational product: Wise Women’s Balance

If you have symptoms of ED, start with Wise Women’s Balance.

It is a comprehensive blend of vitamins, minerals, and botanical extracts designed to support healthy female hormone levels, both during menstruation and through menopause.

#2   DIM

Ideal for you, if:

  • You know that your 2:16 hydroxyestrone (can be tested with blood) balance is off, this is a great product to add.
  • You are high in testosterone and you convert testosterone to estrogens.

#3  Brocco Power

This product is high in sulphoraphane – aapotent Phase II liver detox facilitator. Sulphoraphane has also been linked to being anti-carcinogenic in estrogenic cancers.

Let’s go into a little more detail on each of these key products and their nutrients

#1  Wise Women’s Balance – your foundation

Wise Women’s Balance is a comprehensive blend of vitamins, minerals, and botanical extracts designed to support healthy female hormone levels, both during menstruation and through menopause.

Imbalances in hormones—most commonly, excess estrogen variants and/or reduced progesterone levels—can be responsible for the physical discomfort and mood changes occasionally associated with PMS, including cramping, breast tenderness, water retention, and mild depression.

I have found that Wise Women’s Balance can also lessen menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, and mood swings.

Wise Women’s Balance contains a synergistic blend of nutrients designed to aid the body’s natural hormonal balance in several ways:

  • Chaste Tree Extract and Black Cohosh – These two herbs are widely recognized for their balancing effects on female hormones. Chaste tree extract is considered an “adaptogenic herb,” with the ability to help normalize hormone levels. Black cohosh has a long history of efficacy for reducing occasional hot flashes, vaginal dryness, night sweats, and other symptoms that can make the transition through menopause somewhat uncomfortable.
  • Calcium D-Glucarate – Supports the liver’s role in detoxifying and eliminating excess estrogen and its harmful metabolites.
  • DIM (diindolylmethane) and Brassica oleracea – These vegetable extracts from the Brassica family (which includes broccoli and cabbage) help maintain safe estrogen levels by aiding the conversion of dangerous estrogen fractions to more favorable metabolites and by promoting restoration of healthy hormone ratios. DIM may also be helpful in reducing the occasional symptoms associated with a woman’s monthly cycle, such as bloating and breast tenderness due to excess estrogen buildup.
  • Resveratrol and Green Tea Extract – These natural herbal extracts demonstrate powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties which support the body’s natural defenses against oxidative damage and play a role in reducing the cramping that sometimes accompanies PMS.
  • Calcium and Magnesium – In addition to their familiar roles in bone health, these minerals are required for proper muscle contraction and relaxation. As such, a proper balance of the two can reduce occasional cramps, tension, and other physical pain sometimes associated with the monthly cycle.
  • Vitamins B6, B12, and Folate – Healthy cell signaling and function, including that of breast and cervical cells, depends on adequate levels of these vitamins. They are also required for proper metabolism of homocysteine, which is related to good cardiovascular health.

 What makes Wise Women’s Balance unique?

  • The minerals are in forms that are easily absorbed by the body, making them highly bioavailable and effective.
  • This product contains a unique blend of safe, naturally occurring folates, unlike the synthetic folic acid found in most common multivitamins and folic acid supplements.
  • The Brassica oleracea in this product is especially rich in sulforaphane glucosinolate, the precursor to sulforaphane. This is the substance in cruciferous vegetables responsible for boosting natural antioxidant capacity and aiding liver detoxification of hormones; getting rid of the harmful estrogens I talked about.

Recommended Use:

As a dietary supplement, take four capsules per day, or as directed by your healthcare practitioner.

Can you take Wise Women’s Balance while on HRT?

Yes, you can.

Does the Blend Contain Hormones?

No, it does not!

Wise Women’s Balance is the foundational product to consider when you have estrogen dominance.

#2  DIM

DIM provides 100 mg of DIM (Diindolylmethane) – a type of compound known as a ‘plant indole.’

Plant indoles are found in cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower and are among the nutrients that give these vegetables their well-known healthful properties.

The primary plant indole found in cruciferous vegetables is known as Indole 3 Carbinol (I3C), which converts to DIM in the body.

I3C and DIM have been studied for their health-promoting benefits when used as supplements.

While both may help support healthy estrogen metabolism, DIM may be a better option as it does not produce the unwanted side effects of I3C (including possible nausea and equilibrium issues).

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How Does DIM Offer Superior Absorption?

DIM is made up of a crystalline structure that makes it difficult for the body to absorb.

To overcome this hurdle, DIM is manufactured using an all-natural process that helps to optimize the absorption of this nutrient by the body – using a proprietary blend of MCT oils, non-soy derived lecithin, and vitamin E, without the use of potentially harmful surfactants.

This delivery technology increases the absorption rate and reduces the absorption time for DIM, and as a result, it may allow for superior effects through lower dosages.

Our Wise Women’s Balance contains DIM but in a crystallized form – which makes it only somewhat bioavailable.

For best results and maximum bioavailability, I recommend adding DIM which is in an emulsified version (we could not use this form in the Wise Women’s Balance)

DIM and Hormone Balance

Both women and men produce many different forms of estrogen.

Research suggests that the ratio of two specific forms – 2 hydroxy estrogen and 16 hydroxy estrogen – is important for optimal health.

DIM helps support a more optimal balance of these two estrogens, thereby providing a protective effect on the body. DIM also acts as an ‘aromatase inhibitor’ – meaning it can block some testosterone from converting to estrogen, making more testosterone available in the body.

This could have a positive influence on sexual desire and athletic performance in both men and women.

The Difference Between I3C and DIM

I recommend using DIM and not I3C for two reasons.

First, I3C needs co-factors to get converted to DIM which is what does the work.

Plus, I3C, in the process of helping the 2:16 estrogen metabolism, also increases the 4 hydroxy estrone which has been linked to breast, ovarian and uterine cancers.

In short: DIM is a better and safer option.

Benefits of DIM

  • Helps maintain a beneficial ratio of 2 hydroxy estrogen to 16 hydroxy estrogen (also known as a higher ‘2/16 ratio’)
  • Supports healthy balance of testosterone and estrogen
  • Provides antioxidant properties. DIM has been shown to help protect cells in the body from the damaging effects of oxidation.
  • Has none of the side effects associated with I3C
  • Specifically formulated for maximum absorption and bioavailability

Why Not Just Eat Cruciferous Vegetables?

Eating two pounds of cruciferous vegetables like raw cabbage or broccoli can ultimately supply, via I3C conversion into DIM, about 20-30 mg of DIM.

To get 100mg of DIM (I typically see best results with 200mg/day), one would need to eat 6 pounds of these crucifers – which isn’t doable for most people.

Having said that, once you rebalance your 2:16 ratio, a clean diet, rich in cruciferous veggies, might be sufficient to keep you symptom-free.

Can DIM be Taken with Medications?

Unlike I3C, DIM is safe when taken with Tamoxifen, birth control pills and other herbs such as St. John’s Wort.

There are no known contraindications for DIM supplementation.

DIM’s proven safety means that DIM can be used by women wishing to get pregnant but should be discontinued during pregnancy and lactation.

Should You Take DIM with Wise Women’s Balance?

Good question and it depends on which “links are broken” or not working optimally in your body to detox you from the estrogen metabolites.

My recommendation is:

If you are highly symptomatic (such highly fibrocystic breasts, stubborn breast lumps, advanced endometriosis, quickly growing fibroids), start on all three products:

Wise Women’s Balance

DIM

Brocco Power (see below)

If you are not that symptomatic and/or budget is an issue for you, start with Wise Women’s Balance.

If the symptoms do not subside, add Estro Support (DIM).

If not fully resolved, then add Brocco Power for its potent active ingredient – sulphoraphane.

3Brocco Power

This is another great product to consider if you struggle with ED.

Let’s set some context here first.

In today’s world, we are exposed to toxic chemicals on a daily basis.

Brocco Power contains proprietary ingredients that help facilitate this detoxification process.

The goal of detoxification is to convert toxins into a water-soluble form so they can enter the bloodstream and then go to the liver for further processing.

Ultimately, they are eliminated through the urine or intestines. In this process, the liver functions similar to a dishwasher that first cleans the dishes and then rinses them with hot water.

These two steps of detoxification are called Phase I and Phase II. Both phases need to be working well in order for the toxins to be properly eliminated from the body.

A toxic body and a taxed liver can have a profound impact on your hormone balance. I wrote a long article about the liver and hormone connection.

How Does Brocco Power Help?

As more people turn to nutrition to boost overall immunity, we have discovered that fruits and vegetables are among the most protective foods in our diet. Specifically, diets rich in broccoli promote a wide range of health benefits, as confirmed in over 500 scientific journals.

Brocco Power contains a specially cultivated form of broccoli seed which is naturally rich in the compound sulforaphane glucosinolate.

This compound targets biological pathways that both modulate Phase I enzymes and elevate Phase II enzymes, allowing for full and proper detoxification of unsafe chemicals.

In addition to helping aid in the body’s detoxification, sulforaphane has been shown to have long-lasting antioxidant effects, offering protection from oxidizing free radicals.

Highlights of Brocco Power

  • Contains a specially cultivated, proprietary form of broccoli seed grown and processed in North America; it is extracted using a very clean and non-toxic process, resulting in an all-natural final product with absolutely no remaining solvent residue.
  • Includes only 1.5 mcg of vitamin K (the equivalent of the amount contained in one potato) per two capsules, making this product safe for people taking blood thinners.
  • Extended shelf life – enzymes responsible for its degradation have been deactivated.

Recommended Use:  Take one capsule per day with water, or as directed by your healthcare practitioner.


Which Product to Start With?

It all depends on your health and on which “links are broken” or not working optimally in your body to detox you from the estrogen metabolites.

My recommendation is:

If you are highly symptomatic (such highly fibrocystic breasts, stubborn breast lumps, advanced endometriosis, quickly growing fibroids), start on all three products:

Wise Women’s Balance

DIM

Brocco Power 

If you are not that symptomatic and/or budget is an issue for you, start with Wise Women’s Balance.

If the symptoms do not subside, add Estro Support (DIM).

If not fully resolved, then add Brocco Power for its potent active ingredient – sulphoraphane.

Supplements or Food?

You know I’m a big believer that food is the foundation of our hormonal health. So when is it right to just rely on food or when to take the supplements?

It depends on where you are.

If you are highly symptomatic from estrogen dominance, I recommend starting with the supplements because they will speed up the recovery and then just continue with an anti-estrogenic diet.

When I had lumps on my breasts and water retention that forced me to take all my rings off, I did the Wise Women’s Balance and Estro Support (DIM) for 2 months – to quickly rebalance my hormones and reduce all symptoms.

It worked.

I then stopped taking the supplements and as long as I keep a clean diet (anti-inflammatory, free of gluten, dairy, low in sugar, 70% plant based with no coffee and minimal alcohol), I remain symptom-free.

 

Disclaimer

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.