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



obtaining.



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



trouble.



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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