Natural Plant Oestrogens – Coumestrol

There are over 300 plants that have oestrogens in them and if they are consumed regularly enough they can have a mild effect on women. The most potent of the plant oestrogens is Coumestrol even though it is about 200 times weaker than human oestrogen.

Because the plant oestrogens have such a mild effect the side effects found with conventional HRT should be avoided. Coumestrol can be found in alfalfa and red clover and can be taken either as tea or sprouted. The seeds must be obtained from a reputable herbalist or health food shop.

Other good sources natural oestrogens are soya beans, soya bean sprouts and crushed linseeds. To vary the diet try to include good helpings of apples, beets, cabbage, carrots, chick peas, cucumbers, green beans, oats, olives, parsley, potatoes. rhubarb, rice, sesame seeds and sunflower seeds. There are many others but those on this list should be readily available from high street shops.

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