Ovarian Cysts and The Use of Soy Products

Published: 19th July 2009
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There is a great confusion about one of the main cause of ovarian cysts.

Excess estrogen! Or what we know in alternative medicine as estrogen

dominance. Prior to ovulation, there is supposed to be a surge of

progesterone to help the egg to be released and at the same time prevent the

formation of permanent cysts. When this doesn't happen, these cysts will grow

with every menstrual cycle. The problem becomes chronic. We see health

practitioners recommending hormones to shrink these cysts with no attempt in

trying to get the body to regulate it's own hormonal problem. Estrogen is the

culprit. Progesterone is the good guy (or should I say gal). There are many

factors that cause estrogen dominance:

1. Obesity - Fat is a producer of estrogen

2. Diet high in fat - the more fat you eat the more fat you have and as a

result more estrogen

3. Lack of Fiber

4. Dysfunctional liver

5. Not eating enough cruciferous vegetables such as Broccoli and Cabbage

6. Lack of exercise - woman who are athletic tend to not get their menses

Since the discovery of Soy and it's benefits many have started to use Soy

products liberally. We also have some form of Soy almost in everything we buy

in the supermarket ( soy oil, soy isolates, soy lecitthin to mention a few).

Studies have shown clearly that cultures that use soy as part of their diets

have less:

1. Heart attacks

2. Lower cholesterol levels

3. Lower incidence for female cancers such as breast cancer

4. Stronger bones

5. Lower rates of prostate cancer

These studies found out that the main reason for this was a substance called

genistein which had phytoestrogenic properties. In other words, Soy has a

form of estrogen that binds to receptors and blocks the bad estrogen of the

body preventing these diseases. So after this discovery Americans started

using Soy products exessively. Soy milk for the cereal, soy yogurt, soy

patties, soy burgers, soy everthing! The result of this was the opposite of

what was expected and opposite to the results that the other cultures were


What is the Reason

Most asian and oriental cultures that use Tofu or Soy products use it in

small amounts. It is more like a once or twice a week condiment or used in

small amounts of food. Used this way soy is beneficial.

Soy and Ovarian cysts

So the question is: Can a woman who has Ovarian cysts use soy products. If

Soy has a substance that acts like estrogen wouldn't soy cause more estrogen

dominance? My answer is if you use large amounts of soy products on a daily

basis you find yourself in trouble and causing those ovarian cysts to grow.

The phytoestrogen in soy will stimulate too much these cysts and cause


But if you use Soy products in small amounts no more than 2-3 times per week,

then the answer is soy will actually help in preventing this problem and may

even help improve. Small amounts of Soy protect while large amounts of Soy

cause trouble. This is why we see these opposite reports of the bad and the

good of soy. Some defend it and some hate it.

Conclusion: Use small amounts of soy 2-3 times a weeks and you will not have

any trouble or make your ovarian cysts get worse. Tamoxifen is a medication

that is given to young woman who have breast or female cancers that are due

to estrogen . Tamoxifen is a weak estrogen that prevents the estrogen of the

body to stimulate cancer growth. The same principle applies to Soy. Use

small amount and it will protect you. Large amounts will hurt you!!

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