Wednesday, December 09, 2009
According to for the Gainesville Sun’s Dear Pharmacist Columnist, Suzy Cohen weight and hormone balance are two very important factors for breast health. Studies have proven that estrogen promotes cell proliferation in breast tumors. An over-abundance of fat cells can increase production of cancer-causing hormones, including a dangerous form of estrogen, thus increasing the risk of cancer.
As for hormones, DHEA, testosterone, progesterone and estrogen have to remain in balance like a seesaw. “Estrogen breakdown is even more crucial than the total amount of estrogen you have. When estrogen breaks down in the human body, it can form several smaller molecules. The safest by-product is called ‘2-methoxyestradiol.’” Cohen refers to the “bad” forms of estrogen that may increase your risk of cancer as 4 and 16 estrogens.
Cohen explains how you can reduce your risk for cancer in her new book “Breast Cancer Prevention.” One of her tips: “You can increase your production of 2 estrogens with broccoli and rosemary extract, flax seed, folic acid and a few others.”