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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Boosting Testosterone By Controlling Estrogen

As men grow older, maintaining appropriate testosterone levels and controlling estrogen become major health factors, especially for type 2 diabetics.

Even though you may be on creams, gels or testosterone boosting natural supplements, your body may be converting too much of that testosterone into estrogen and causing problems.

Are there any natural supplements and or foods that can help older men keep their estrogen levels under control while boosting their T. levels? Apparently there are and some of them are available at your local grocery store.


Proverbs 3:1–2 (NASB95)
1  My son, do not forget my teaching, 
But let your heart keep my commandments; 
2  For length of days and years of life 
And peace they will add to you

Proverbs 4:20–22 (NASB95)
20  My son, give attention to my words; 
Incline your ear to my sayings. 
21  Do not let them depart from your sight; 
Keep them in the midst of your heart. 
22  For they are life to those who find them 
And health to all their body.

Here is a link and some information about boosting FREE testosterone in your system while controlling excess estrogen. Eating cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli and cauliflower and cabbage can help.


4) Broccoli. Broccoli (and other cruciferous vegetables such as cauliflower and cabbage) are powerful estradiol blockers. This is done by special phytochemicals in broccoli called indoles, the most powerful being indole-3-carbinol (I3C).  I3C is quite powerful and has been studied extensively for its estradiol-lowering effects in women in the hopes of breast cancer prevention.  But guys can achieve the same effect and that is undoubtedly one of the reasons that broccoli consumption is associated with Prostate Cancer Protection NOTE: Broccoli is easy to fix:  just put raw florets in a coffee cup with a half inch of water on the bottom and heat for around two minutes in a microwave.  The steam for the bottom of the cup will cook the broccoli soft and tender.  Then just add a little salt and it is ready to eat.
5Certain Supplements: Chrysin and Grape Seed Extract.  Chrysin has had meager results in some studies. [3] However, Life Extension Foundation seem to have overcome these underlying issues by including piperine in their formulation for greater absorb ability. See my Review on Super Miraforte and my Natural Estrogen Blockers for more information. CAUTION:  Supermiraforte has been around quite awhile.  However, it should be noted that one study showed Chrysin inhibiting the conversion of T4 to T3 and thus negatively impacting thyroid function. [4] This could potentially lead to weight gain (and other issues), which would sabotage estrogen control. (For more information on Grape Seed Extract, see my link on Natural Estrogen Blockers, where I cover some of the pros and cons of using grape seed extract. The summary is that grape seed extract definitely has some desirable and positive properties but will not likely solve one's E2-related issues.)

In addition to helping with estrogen levels in men, these veggies have anti-cancer properties and have been proven to help prevent cataracts and age related macular degeneration. You can eat broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, Brussels sprouts and kale RAW with a healthy vegetable dip or they can be lightly steamed and eaten that way. I suggest doing both so you do not get bored. Green beans and kale along with broccoli steamed is a good place to start. DON'T over cook.......light steaming is okay and can be enjoyed with some light vinaigrette dressing and or real butter and pepper to taste.


What are the benefits of the sulfur compounds found in cruciferous vegetables?

Broccoli, and the other members of the cruciferous family of vegetables, pack a powerful punch when it comes to cancer prevention. The cancer protective properties of crucifers such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, cabbage, and kale are attributed to the fact that these foods contain substantial quantities of the phytonutrients called isothiocyanates, specifically two isothiocyanates called sulforaphane and indole-3-carbinol. Research indicates that sulforaphane has the ability to increase the capacity of the liver to detoxify harmful, cancer-causing compounds. Specifically, sulforaphane increases the activity of the liver's Phase 2 detoxification enzymes. These enzymes (which include glutathione transferases, NAD(P)H: quinone reductase, and glucuronosyltransferases) are well known for their ability to clear a wide variety of toxic compounds from the body including not only many carcinogens, but also many reactive oxygen species, a particularly nasty type of free radical. By jump starting these important detoxification enzymes, compounds in crucifers provide protection against cell mutations, cancer and numerous other harmful effects that would otherwise be caused by these toxins. Research on indole-3-carbinol shows this compound helps deactivate a potent estrogen metabolite (2-hydroxyestrone)that promotes tumor growth, especially in estrogen-sensitive breast cells. Indole-3-carbinol has been shown to suppress not only breast tumor cell growth, but also cancer cell metastasis (the movement of cancerous cells to other parts of the body).

A study published in the August 2003 issue of the International Journal of Cancersuggests that eating lots of cruciferous vegetables may provide a significant survival advantage for women diagnosed with ovarian cancer. One of the most aggressive cancers, ovarian cancer claims the lives of 14,000 American women each year.

For about 7 years, a team of Australian researchers at Queensland Institute of Medical Research in Brisbane followed a group of 609 women newly diagnosed with ovarian cancer when the study began. Those who had eaten the most vegetables and vitamin E-containing foods during the year before they were diagnosed were most likely to survive for at least five years after diagnosis. While the overall five-year survival rate among study subjects was 45%, women who ate more than 5 servings a day of all types of vegetables had a better prognosis: 50% were alive five years after diagnosis.

Cruciferous vegetables such as cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and broccoli, were especially beneficial: 49% of those who ate nearly a serving a day were still alive after five years compared to 42% who ate half a serving.

Researchers theorize that crucifers' protective effects are due to their high content of isothiacyanates, specifically indole-3-carbinol and sulforaphane. These compounds not only increase the excretion of the form of estrogen (2-hydroxyestrone) linked to breast cancer, but dramatically improve the body's ability to eliminate numerous carcinogens. While being slim also conferred a slight survival advantage in this study, only eating lots of vegetables, particularly cruciferous vegetables was helpful; taking supplements had no effect. (Nagle CM, Purdie DM, Webb PM, Green A, Harvey PW, Bain CJ. Dietary influences on survival after ovarian cancer Int J Cancer. 2003 Aug 20;106(2):264-9. September 30, 2003)

In addition to helping your body protect itself from cancer, cruciferous vegetables are also believed to help prevent cataracts and age-related macular degeneration, two debilitating diseases that can lead to vision impairment and blindness. These vegetables also contain a vast array of the vitamins and minerals that are necessary for optimal health.

Taking advantage of the health benefits that the cruciferous vegetables have to offer is easy: Simply eat at least one serving from this versatile and varied family of vegetables every day. If you need help getting started, try the following suggestions:

1. All of the crucifers are wonderful when lightly steamed. For a little extra pizzaz, sprinkle steamed broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, or kale with lemon.

2. Steamed broccoli, cauliflower, and kale make a delicious addition to marinara (tomato) sauce. Or for a tomato-free pasta meal, toss pasta with olive oil, pine nuts and healthy sautéed broccoli florets.

3. Purée cooked broccoli and cauliflower, then combine with seasonings of your choice to make a simple, yet delicious, soup.

4. These vegetables can also be enjoyed raw. When you prepare a vegetable tray, be sure to include broccoli, cauliflower, and chopped sections of red cabbage.

5. Sauté cauliflower with garlic, minced ginger and tamari. For cauliflower with a vivid yellow color, boil it briefly with a spoonful of turmeric or generous pinch of saffron.

6. Cabbage leaves are a great way to reinspire leftovers. Spoon some leftovers such as rice salad or a vegetable mixture onto the center of a cabbage leaf and roll into a neat little package. Bake in medium heat oven until hot. Enjoy your easy and healthy version of stuffed cabbage, a traditional eastern European dish.

7. To make a unique coleslaw combine shredded red and white cabbage with soy mayonnaise.

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