The 7 Aromatase Inhibiting Foods to Block the Synthesis of the Female Hormone Estrogen
I’m excited to bring you 7 of the best aromatase inhibiting foods you can eat, all of them backed with proven research and studies to support how they block aromatase within the body. First let’s talk about what the aromatase enzyme is and why you want to minimize it within your body.
Aromatase enzyme is one of the most nastiest enzymes in the male body, as it’s primary job is to convert testosterone and other androgens into the female hormone estrogen.
Needless to say that this enzyme is something that all men should be aware of, and all men should make sure that their aromatase activity stays as low as possible, so that your body can actually preserve its androgens rather than watch from the side as they’ll convert to estrogen.
Obviously inhibiting aromatase will also increase your testosterone levels, which is beneficial in all areas of a man’s life.
So with that being said, here’s 7 aromatase inhibiting foods that’ll block the conversion from androgens to estrogens via inhibiting aromatase enzyme in the body:
1. Celery Stalk
Celery is one of the best testosterone boosting foods, as it’s being said that even the scent of it can trigger the testosterone production process inside male testes.
It’s known to contain several androgens, including the androsterone which just so happens to be a potent pheromone shown to trigger T production in men.
But here’s a thing about celery that most people don’t know…
…Celery has also been shown to have modest aromatase enzyme inhibiting effects.
It’s not a huge decrease or anything to hype about, but the researchers at this study, found out that the high Luteolin content in celery does effectively inhibit aromatase enzyme.
NOTE: Despite the fact that celery is one hell of a great testosterone booster, conventional celery has also been shown to contain huge amounts of pesticide traces, including multiple endocrine disruptors (which is the case in almost all conventionally grown plants). You can avoid all of those endocrine disrupting chemicals by investing on organic produce. So a key point to remember here: Get organic celery, and stay away from conventionally grown stalks to get the most this aromatase inhibiting food has to offer.
2. Red Wine
I can’t say that alcohol in excess would be beneficial, as it destroys testosterone levels if taken in excess.
However a glass or two of quality red wine can actually be quite beneficial for your testosterone levels.
Mainly because red wine acts as a natural aromatase inhibitor and this has been shown in multiple studies.
Here’s few of them:
1. The researchers from Beckman Research Institute of the City of Hope, found out in one of their breast cancer studies, that grape seeds and red wine both are excellent natural aromatase inhibitors. The researchers also found out that red wine and grape seeds were both able to decrease serum estrogen levels too.
2. Later on a different group of researchers also located in the Beckman Research Institute of the City of Hope, found out that the phytochemicals in red wine were able to inhibit aromatase enzyme in a dose dependent manner (more phytochemicals, less aromatase enzyme). However the alcohol content in red wine will unfortunately turn tables around at some point (so stick with 1 or 2 glasses a day).
3. This study also comes from the cancer researchers at the Beckman Research Institute. In this trial they found out for the third time, that red wine was (still) able to inhibit aromatase enzyme. They also noted that the Pinot Noir red wine in particular was the most effective and best aromatase inhibitor.
The main reason why red wine inhibits aromatase enzyme is probably because of a polyphenol called resveratrol, which has been shown to inhibit aromatase, decrease estrogen, and to increase testosterone levels. But there might also be other phenols in red wine which can also have similar effects.
3. Olive Oil
Olive oil is pro-testosterone, simply, pro-testosterone.
One of the reasons for its awesomeness was and still is, the fact that olive oil is one of the best aromatase inhibitors…
…That’s because olive oil contains this compound called Oleuropein, which gives the oil its distinctive flavor.
Adding in the fact that olive oil promotes cardiovascular health and makes it easier for your testicles to convert cholesterol into testosterone, you can’t really go wrong with it.
This brand in particular is my favorite (affiliate link), as it’s organic and cold pressed, meaning that all the precious Oleuropein is still intact.
4. White Button Mushrooms
White Button Mushrooms have been shown to be an amazing aromatase inhibiting food in various studies.
These studies were all done with women (as aromatase inhibition is one of the cures for breast cancer) but the effects are most likely similar in men:
1. In this study, the researchers found out that white button mushroom extract decreased aromatase enzyme activity in a dose dependent manner (more extract, less enzyme).
2. This long term Chinese study also found out that white button mushrooms in combination with green tea, inhibit aromatase.
3. And then there’s also this study where the researchers believed that they could decrease their subjects estrogen levels by 50% only with a small dose of white button mushroom extract. They failed to reach the 50% reduction but they did also mention that the extract had some strong aromatase inhibiting benefits.
Oysters are extremely high in bio-active zinc.
Zinc is one of the most beneficial minerals for men as it regulates well over 300 different enzymes in the male body and it’s also highly linked to both testosterone, and sperm production.
So eat some oysters, they’re extremely high in quality zinc.
NOTE: If you can’t find any oysters, then you could also supplement with some zinc, although it isn’t as bio-available for the human body as the naturally occurring zinc in oysters is.
6. Cruciferous Vegetables
Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, kale, brussel sprouts, and so on, are all natural aromatase inhibitors.
The main reason why DIM does that is because it effectively metabolizes estrogen molecules and helps your body to remove them trough your liver…
…But DIM is also known for its ability to block aromatase enzyme.
That basically means that cruciferous vegetables will decrease estrogen levels via two different pathways. Estrogen metabolization and aromatase inhibition.
You can also supplement with DIM, but it’s much cheaper to just eat a bunch of cruciferous vegetables.
Parsley is rich in this flavonoid called apigening…
…And apigening did effectively inhibit aromatase enzyme in this study.
What more could you ask from a natural flavonoid?
Conclusion on Aromatase Inhibiting Foods
Eating foods that inhibit aromatase is one of the best things that men can do in essence to boost their testosterone levels.
With the help of the 7 aromatase inhibitor foods mentioned above, you should be able to block the conversion from testosterone to estrogen very efficiently.
NOTE: remember the fact that nothing induces aromatase enzyme in the male body more than being fat. So if you really want to block aromatase and enjoy superhuman testosterone levels, you need to lean down and burn that fat!
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