Synthetic Xenoestrogens

By Dr. Joline Fernandes

Synthetic Xenoestrogens are industrial chemical compounds which have an estrogenic effect on living organisms even though they differ chemically from estrogenic compounds produced by the endocrine systems of a living organism. They are a sub-category EDC (Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals). Xenoestrogens bind to the oestrogen receptors with potentially hazardous outcomes.

These are normally found in PCBs, BPA, phthalates, plastic packaging of foods and drinks, pesticides, herbicides, paraben-containing shampoos and soaps.

Oestrogen dominance

This is a condition wherein there are increased levels of oestrogen relative to that of the progesterone levels in the body. It may result from overproduction of oestrogen in the body, changes in the oestrogen metabolism and excretion, or imbalance in the oestrogen to progesterone ratio.

Causes in females: PCOS, overweight, obesity, medications, high cortisol level, liver issues, alcohol consumption, exposure to synthetic xenoestrogens.

Symptoms in females: irregular periods, dense breasts, mood swings, irritability, excessive menstrual flow, weight gain, worsening PMS symptoms

Causes in males: obesity, consumption of oestrogen-containing nutritional supplements, exposure to xenoestrogens, high cortisol levels, high ginkgo, high ginseng

Symptoms in males: infertility, development of breast tissue, hair loss, erectile dysfunction, decreased muscle mass, low sperm count

Foods that help: cruciferous vegetables, pomegranates, flaxseeds, sesame seeds, resveratrol-containing foods (peanuts, black grapes)