18 Anti-Estrogenic Foods That Will Help You Overcome Estrogen Imbalance

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Here’s a detailed list of 18 different foods that are known for their ability to decrease estrogen levels through multiple different pathways.

One could say that these foods base the foundation of an anti-estrogenic diet, but why should we eat an anti-estrogenic diet when we can eat anti-estrogenic foods along with androgenic testosterone boosting foods?

That would base the foundation for the ultimate anti-estrogenic androgenic testosterone boosting diet.

Without further rambling, here’s a 18 anti-estrogenic foods list like I promised:

1. Pomegranates

Pomegranate is an anti-estrogen foodPomegranate is one pretty awesome fruit and I believe that all guys should bulk up with it.

There seems to come new studies about the health benefits of this magical fruit every week now.

First I found out about this study, where the researchers found out that after 2 weeks of drinking pure pomegranate juice, their participants salivary testosterone levels increased by a nice 24% on average.

The very same study also found out that both, systolic and diastolic blood pressure dropped by a very nice 20% on average.

Then this study found out that 3 solid years of drinking 1,7 oz pomegranate juice daily, reduced arterial plaque by a staggering 35% on human subjects.

Most recently researchers have also found out that certain compounds in pomegranates are anti-estrogenic.

There’s also this study where the researchers saw that pomegranates inhibited aromatase enzyme (which is the enzyme that converts testosterone into estrogen).

So the next time someone asks you what’s a healthy fruit that lowers estrogen, just say pomegranates.

2. Cruciferous Vegetables

Cruciferous vegetables are anti-estrogenic.Cruciferous vegetables are one of the staples in the anti-estrogen diet.

They all contain this compound called DIM (3’3 diindonylmethane) which helps your body to remove estrogen trough liver.

DIM isn’t even the only thing why cruciferous veggies are anti-estrogenic. Many of them also contain huge amounts of clorophyll (leaf green) which is also known for its estrogen reducing effects through improved liver health. Not to mention that most of the vegetables in the cruciferous family are also loaded with plant sterols (which furthermore lower estrogen).

What are cruciferous vegetables?

Answer: Broccoli, kale, brussel sprouts, artichokes, cauliflower, cabbage, bok choy, turnip, radish, watercress, and many more…

3. Maca

Maca is a cruciferous vegetable that lower estrogen levelsMaca is used a herb, but basically it’s food, like a super nutritious root vegetable, or a potato in steroids.

It’s mainly used for testosterone boosting purposes, even though there’s some inconclusive evidence in those regards.

But one thing about Maca is for sure, and it’s the fact that it has some estrogen lowering purposes.

That’s because Maca is also classified as a cruciferous vegetable, which actually contains more estrogen lowering DIM compound than any other cruciferous veggie I’m aware of.

4. Olive Oil

Olive oil is an anti estrogenic oilOlive oil is one of the oils that all men should introduce into their diets.

For reasons such as the fact that olive oil has been shown to convert cholesterol more easily into testosterone inside the testicular leydig cells

…Also olive oil is ridiculously high in this compound called lutreopin, which in this study was seen to inhibit aromatase enzyme in the body (aromatase converts testosterone into estrogen).

So if you’re not yet a fan of olive oil, then read this post, and get yourself some organic extra virgin olive oil as soon as possible.

5. Mushrooms

Eat mushrooms in an anti-estrogen dietCountless of mushroom varieties have been studied for their anti-estrogenic effects.

For example, this study found out that white button mushrooms have aromatase inhibiting properties.

Then this study found out that Shiitake mushrooms destroyed cancerous estrogen receptor cells while simultaneously inhibited aromatase.

Also various of other mushrooms have been studied for their estrogen lowering properties.

Conclusion? Eat more mushrooms.

6. Red Wine and Grapes

Red wine and grapes are anti-estrogenic foodsRed grapes and the wine that’s made out of them contain some very powerful anti-estrogenic properties.

For example: they’re loaded with reservatrol and various other polyphenols which are known for their estrogen lowering effects. Reservatrol may also increase testosterone and inhibits aromatase.

There’s also this compound called proanthocyanidin which is anti-estrogenic and cardioprotective

…And the skins are loaded with this flavonoid called quercetin, which is anti-estrogenic and increases nitric oxide synthase.

So if you drink alcohol, then few glasses of red wine may actually be beneficial for your hormonal health. And if you don’t drink alcohol, then you should eat plenty of red grapes, or at least supplement with reservatrol extract.

7. Chia Seeds

Chia seeds are anti estrogenic Countless health bloggers and nutritional “guru’s” are claiming that flax seeds are awesome for guys.

And sure flax seeds are jam packed with omega-3’s which are anti-estrogenic

…But nobody really talks about the fact that flax is one highly estrogenic plant containing huge amounts of natural phytoestrogens.

But where am I going to get my omega 3’s if I stop consuming flax seeds and flax seed oil?

Answer: Chia seeds.

Chia seeds are almost identical with flax seeds if we take a look at their nutritional profile, they’re both high in omega-3’s and they both have a lot of vitamins and nutrients packed in them.

The only difference between these two seeds is the fact that chia seeds are androgenic (androgens are male hormones), and flax seeds are estrogenic (estrogens are female hormones).

So it would be wise to leave those flax seeds for your girlfriend and get yourself some real chia seeds instead.

NOTE: Chia seeds can absorb 12 times their mass of water in them, so if you soak them in water for about ten minutes. The seeds turn into a nice healthy pudding, one that actually tastes good.

8. Oats

Oats are an anti-estrogenic foodI’m not really a fan of grain products, as they’re linked to inflammation and increased prolactin, both of which are linked to lowered testosterone levels…

…But there’s one grain that I still like to consume, despite the fact that it’s a grain.


Oats are filled with steroidal saponins (which boost testosterone and inhibit aromatase) and they’re also filled with plant sterols (which do the same as saponins).

NOTE: If you want to be healthy, then limit your grain consumption, but cut some slack to oats as they’re quite beneficial even though it’s also a grain.

9. Citrus Fruits

 Citrus fruits are estrogen lowering foodsCitrus fruits are also kind of a solid staple in the world of anti-estrogen diets.

And that’s completely understandable as citrus fruits are rich in flavonoids and antioxidants.

In fact, all the following compounds in citrus fruits are known to have some anti-estrogenic effects:

Calcium-D-Glucarate, quercetin, limonoids, naringenin, along with most likely multiple other compounds too…

I like to make sure that my diet includes plenty of grapefruits, limes, and lemons, as they all taste pretty damn amazing and are extremely beneficial.

10. Onions

Onions is an anti estrogen foodOnions can be used in multiple dishes. Throw them in with your meats, add them to sauces, pizzas, whatever you can imagine.

Why would I do that?

a) Onions taste pretty darn good.

b) in this rat study, onion juice tripled their testosterone levels.

c) onions are filled with quercetin, which is a flavonoid that decreases estrogen and increases nitric oxide.

11. Turmeric

Eat turmeric in a anti estrogenic dietTurmeric has been praised to be one of the most healthiest foods in this planet.

It can be found in curcumin, and it’s for certain that you’ll find plenty of this stuff in your curry.

Why is turmeric good for men?

a) turmeric increases testosterone levels by 257% in rats (the dose was pretty huge though)

b) turmeric is anti-estrogenic.

c) turmeric is naturally anabolic.

12. Algae

Algae in an anti-estrogenic dietCertain algae like spirulina and chlorella are most likely very anti-estrogenic foods.

(I see chlorella and spirulina both as a supplements to detoxify the liver, but if you ask a vegan they’ll probably say that this yucky shit is “food”, so what the heck, it’s in the list of anti-estrogenic foods now).

What makes these algae anti-estrogenic?

1. Spirulina and chlorella (the best kinds of algae) are both known for their effects on detoxifying the liver, and when your liver is clean then it flushes out estrogen with a much better rate.

2. Spirulina and chlorella are both extremely high in chlorophyll (leaf green), which has anti-estrogenic properties.

The benefits are probably very similar in other algae too, but I’m only familiar with spirulina and chlorella, as I’m not a vegan and I don’t really care that much about the green stuff to be honest.

13. Green Leafy Vegetables

Leafy green vegetables are anti estrogenicIn the sub-heading above I linked a study that showed how chlorophyl (leaf green) is anti-estrogenic.

And although spirulina and chlorella are the richest known sources of leaf greens according to my knowledge…

…There’s still quite a lot of leaf green in leafy green plants too (who would of have guessed?)

Most leafy green vegetables are also filled with natural nitrates (which increase nitric oxide, making your blood vessels larger and supple).

So that’s why my diet includes plenty of the following leafy green vegetables:

Spinach, kale, broccoli, cabbage, and that’s pretty much it. But I do eat a ton of spinach that’s for sure.

14. Fermented Foods

Fermented foods are natural anti-estrogenic foodsFermented foods are really good for your balls and testosterone production (I’m serious).

It’s kind of a hard thing to explain why, because the whole world of probiotics and bacterial cultures is pretty complicated.

But let me tell you one thing that might help you understand why fermented foods filled with life bacteria are hugely important in the diet of a modern human:

We have 10 trillion human cells in our body, yet we harbor 90 trillion bacterial cells. So we’re really only 10% human 90% bacteria.

The big question is, why don’t we eat foods with live bacteria anymore? The primal male did, and he was healthy as fuck. Now we as modern men pasteurize everything and avoid all bacteria, and we’re sicker than ever. Maybe that’s because we should really eat bacteria?

But let’s not jump out of the subject:

Fermented foods with live bacteria are anti-estrogenic because they’re filled with organic acids, anti-oxidants, enzymes and probiotics that enhance gut function and eliminatory channels which helps your body to detoxify estrogen.

So drink that sauerkraut juice and get yourself some raw unpasteurized yogurt!

15. Coconut oil

Eat coconut oil to lower estrogenCoconut oil is good for testosterone production while it also has some anti-estrogenic properties.

The best thing for sure is the fact that coconut oil enhances the conversion from cholesterol to testosterone inside your leydig cells.

Coconut oil also stimulates the activity of 3beta-HSD and 17beta-HSD enzymes which stimulate testosterone production (see the study above).

The thing that makes coconut oil anti-estrogenic, is the fact that the oil (and whole coconuts too) is filled with sterols, which are anti-estrogenic and natural aromatase inhibitors (study linked above).

16. Garlic

Eat garlic to lower estrogenGarlic is a superfood that’s filled with some serious health benefits…

For one, when combined with vitamin C it drops blood pressure levels better than any known drug in the market.

And garlic has also been linked to increased testosterone production.

The thing that makes garlic anti-estrogenic is the fact that it’s loaded with quercetin (which is again the flavonoid that inhibits aromatase enzyme activity in the body while also increasing your erectile strength).

So, eat garlic.

17. Chives

Chives are anti estrogenicChives belong to the same family of Alium’s as onions and garlic do.

And it’s probably not that big of a surprise that chives have the same anti-estrogenic benefits as onions and garlic both do…

…You see, chives are also loaded with natural quercetin…

…And like I have said few times already in this article, quercetin was the flavonoid that inhibits aromatase enzyme in the body, and the aromatase enzyme was the enzyme that converts your testosterone into estrogen.

Therefore: chives = anti-estrogenic.

18. Dark Berries

Eat dark berries as part of an anti estrogenic dietDark berries such as the blueberry, elderberry, black currant, and chokeberry have about 50% more antioxidants and flavonoids in them than other berries.

Antioxidants and flavonoids like the anti-estrogenic quercetin and reservatrol…

..There’s also something else in that dark skin of certain berries:

They’re ridiculously high in this fiber called Calcium-D-Glucarate, which has an unique ability to bind into estrogen molecules located inside your intestines.

Calcium-D-Glucarate basically makes sure that those estrogen molecules really do get out instead of being reabsorbed into the body.

Conclusion on anti-estrogenic foods

Got enough? There’s a 18 anti-estrogenic foods list above for you with science backing up each one of them.

Be sure to add these into your anti-estrogenic diet, and if you’re a true bad-ass, you can combine the estrogen lowering foods with testosterone boosting foods, which creates something awesome.

Thank you for reading.

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18 Anti-Estrogenic Foods That Will Help You Overcome Estrogen Imbalance was last modified: July 7th, 2017 by Ali Kuoppala

Ali Kuoppala

Ali Kuoppala is the founder of Anabolic Men, and an Independent Researcher that has been credited with organizing the findings that have helped thousands of men reach hormonal balance.
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  1. Shaqeel Baksh on 04/06/2014 at 19:00

    So a question about fermented foods.
    Would oickling using vinegar or citrus juices work?
    OR kimche?

    • Ali Kuoppala on 07/06/2014 at 20:33

      Yeah most likely, everything that’s fermented but not pasteurized should be filled with live bacteria.

  2. Paul on 06/06/2014 at 03:46

    Ali, what do you think about products like AIFM, Yohimburn, AmiLean, etc. (topical products that claim to fight stubborn fat and/or block estrogen)? Worth the hype? Any ManDangers?

    • Ali Kuoppala on 07/06/2014 at 20:33

      I’ve never really liked the idea of fat burners, but I do know that yohimbine has some T boosting benefits and it did actually burn some fat in one study.

      However yohimbine is also linked to high blood pressure.

      I’m not sure if there’s any man dangers, but IMHO I don’t see fat burners as anything I’d use. You can get better effects by eating chilis and ginger with green tea for sure.

  3. Matt on 11/06/2014 at 04:23

    Ali I recently read that grapefruit is estrogenic. The other citrus are good & anti estrogenic. I’m holding off on eating grapefruit until I learn more. Thanks for your excellent blog.

    • Ali Kuoppala on 15/06/2014 at 14:27

      Hmm, thanks for pointing that out I have to take a closer look at grapefruit literature 😀

    • Arndt on 06/06/2015 at 16:55

      Grapefruit blocks the detoxification of estrogens & drugs in your liver but contains all the anti estrogenic properties of citrus fruits. Just consume grapefruit occasionally if you’re healthy. Avoid if you’re on meds.

  4. assaf on 12/06/2014 at 12:08

    if will buy squeeze orange juice in the convenience store will it do any good?

    • Ali Kuoppala on 15/06/2014 at 14:26

      Yeah it should balance out high estrogen if it’s not made from concentrate.

      • Steve on 10/09/2017 at 16:00

        1-2 litre a day okay of it? Non organic store bought, not from concentrate orange juice?

  5. davidrn on 28/06/2014 at 15:00

    I went grain free a couple of years ago, no gluten may be whats helped me be Flare Free from my RA. I have recently resumed Oatmeal occasionally, I rinse and soak it with clean water and a small amount of Braggs Apple Cider vinegar. Also do this for beans, I change the water at least twice a day, and do this for 2 to 3 days before I prepare them for eating. The Weston A Price Foundation has a fair amount of help with traditional cooking methods.

    • Ali Kuoppala on 02/07/2014 at 23:07

      Thanks for the tips, I shall try that too. Oats are the only grain that I eat personally.

  6. JC on 11/07/2014 at 14:01

    Bad quality green tea have flouride. So it’s not about the quantity but quality of the tea.

    • Ali Kuoppala on 02/08/2014 at 11:17

      True. Steer away from lipton’s

      • Alan Heath on 21/03/2017 at 04:28

        I never liked the taste of Liptons anyway. It is strange that one sees it everywhere but the UK.

  7. Global on 29/07/2014 at 19:42

    How do you consume the coconut oil, and how much?

    • Ali Kuoppala on 02/08/2014 at 11:17

      plain, on foods, cooking, etc. A lot, probably 2-5 table spoons a day.

    • Alan Heath on 21/03/2017 at 04:27

      I just stir it in at the end of cooking – once the gas is turned off.

  8. Katrin Schlee on 30/08/2014 at 17:02

    This is a dumb article (“chia seeds are for men, flax is women”) written by someone who can’t spell and who lumps together everything that he has read and jumped on from other people’s blogs. The answers that he gives to people’s questions show quite clearly that he hasn’t got a clue about what nutrition involves (e.g. 4-5 tablespoons of coconut oil as a daily recommendation..lol). This is the perfect example of what happens when Joe Blogs becomes an “expert blogger”. Totally laughable.

  9. Global on 15/11/2014 at 16:27

    How much Sauerkraut juice is prefered daily?

  10. Farid Al Sagoff on 17/03/2017 at 05:04

    Is estrogen the reverse of testosterone? Because if u look up foods that contain high estrogen, you’ll seegarlic, wheats, chia seeds, olive oil, and pomegranate. Why are there contradicting theory in this estrogen vs testosterone article? Care to enlighten me?

    Pardon me if this sounds idiotic. I’m no expert in medical and/or nutrition related

  11. Graham on 02/04/2017 at 22:47

    Awesome post mate, really solid information, thank you, just what I have been looking for.

  12. Dan on 08/09/2017 at 11:45

    What is your opinion on turmeric? I’m unsure about it due to its proposed effect on DHT. The same issue exists with green tea.

  13. Steve on 10/09/2017 at 16:00

    Ali, whats your take on the Phytoestrogen content of some of these foods? For example garlic contains about 603µg per 100g..

    Do you have an opinion on Dates? They have half the amount of phytoestrogen than garlic in 100g, i am sure this is not an issue right?

  14. Amy on 12/10/2017 at 13:22

    Actually, MACA increases DHEA. So it increases testosterone but too much testosterone gets aromatized into ESTROGEN. So be careful on that one. I suggest taking an aromatase inhibitor along with Maca.

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