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Food Choices with Plant Estrogens

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foods rich in estrogenAre there foods that naturally affect estrogen levels and can help alleviate with menopause symptoms?

Many foods contain phytoestrogens, or plant-derived estrogens, and in low doses these natural chemicals can act like the estrogen your body made naturally pre-menopause. They can be a bit tricky though–in high doses, they may actually block estrogen receptors.

If you are in menopause and choosing not to use hormone replacement therapy (HRT), adding foods known to contain phytoestrogens may be helpful for managing some menopause symptoms.

Below is a list of just some of the foods and herbs which contain phytoestrogens:


  • Soy products
  • Flax
  • Sesame and sunflower seeds
  • Dried apricots, prunes, and dates
  • Barley, oats, and wheat
  • Rice
  • Olives and olive oil
  • Whole grains
  • Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cucumbers, celery, and cabbage
  • Apples, cherries, plums, pomegranates, berries, and grapes
  • Tomatoes
  • Peanuts
  • Yams, potatoes, carrots, and beets
  • Legumes (chickpeas, red beans, green peas, black-eyed peas)


  • Black cohosh
  • Parsley
  • Red clover
  • Licorice
  • Sage
  • Turmeric
  • Chaste berry
  • Thyme
  • Evening primrose

There are pros and cons for adding and removing plant-based estrogens from your diet, so it’s a good idea to work with your doctor. Moderation is key, and your doctor can go over your medical history and current medications and supplements to help you create the best plan for managing menopause.

This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

03-31-2016 - 08:35 PM


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