Recently I have heard a lot of conflicting news on phytoestrogens and men's hormone levels. I was wondering if you could tell me if phytoestrogens from sources such as Ginseng,Soy, and Flax seeds raise levels of estrogen in men or decrease levels of testosterone in men. I am somewhat concerned because most of the re-search on this subject is controversial or subject to opinnon.
Thank you very much for the response. Are there any websites where I can get some guidance on what foods to avoid? I have noticed that Ginseng is commonly thought to enhance sperm motility and function but it contains a high amount of phytoestrogens. Are there studies that speak to Ginseng's effect on testosterone and estrogen?
I can't thank you enough for all of your help on this matter. Its refreshing to receive an answer.View Thread
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