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Seaweed May Lower “Bad” Estrogen Levels

August 13th, 2008

17beta-estradiol is the most potent estrogen in men and women. Excess levels of this hormone relative to other hormones can have an adverse affect on reproductive health, and can be associated with certain types of cancer.

Kelp, bladderwrack and other types of edible seaweeds are most often consumed for their iodine content to support thyroid health. Recently, other uses have been found for edible seaweeds such as the fucoxanthin thermogenic weight-loss ingredient and a new type of vegetarian softgel.

But back in 2004, an interesting but seemingly overlooked study showed that consuming an edible type of seaweed, bladderwrack, was associated with a significant reduction in 17beta-estradiol in pre-menopausal women.

Study abstract:

Because bladderwrack supplements are so affordable, safe and well-tolerated, this may be significant new approach to estrogen management for both women and men. Excess estrogen is associated with a range of health issues including breast and reproductive problems and some types of cancer. Those concerned with estrogen balance may wish to consider using bladderwrack along with other nutrients like DIM and Calcium D-glucarate.


2 Responses to “Seaweed May Lower “Bad” Estrogen Levels”

  1. August 29, 2011 at 11:01 am, michelle kindou said:

    pls send info on subject bad estrogen

  2. August 29, 2011 at 4:01 pm, Paul_Baeyens said:

    Hi Michelle, are you curious to learn more about “bad” estrogen? If so I can address it in a new blog post and suggest lifestyle tips, foods and supplements that can help lower it. Let me know! Thanks, Paul

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