phytoestrogen


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phytoestrogen

(fī-tō-es-trō-jin),
A plant constituent with a structure similar to that of estrogen.
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phytoestrogen

(fī′tō-ĕs′trə-jən)
n.
Any of a group of nonsteroidal substances found in plants, including isoflavones, that are structurally similar to estrogen and can mimic or modulate the action of endogenous estrogen when ingested by humans and other animals.
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Phytoestrogens have been found to help block the effects of excess oestrogen in the body, evening out any imbalance in the ratio between oestrogen and progesterone.
Phytoestrogens are polyphenolic compounds found in plants, such as legumes and grains.
The present study investigated whether phytoestrogen genistein has a behavioral profile that is equivalent to 17[beta]-estradiol and, additionally, explored the participation of ER[beta] in the behavioral effects produced by genistein and 17[beta]-estradiol, which could contribute to design of alternative therapies for the treatment of anxiety symptoms associated with menopause.
The efficacy of the implementation of a phytoestrogen herb as a single remedy has not been examined, and may be the focus for further research.
Use of phytoestrogens in general was associated with a decrease in the number of daily hot flashes and vaginal dryness between the treatment groups and placebo, but not in the number of night sweats.
Variations in plasma phytoestrogen concentrations in European adults.
Major isoflavonoid contents of the phytoestrogen rich-herb Pueraria mirifica in comparison with Pueraria lobata.
SAN DIEGO -- Could increased consumption of phytoestrogens help prevent or treat asthma and allergy?
(2006), ovariectomized hamsters orally given soybean and Kudzu phytoestrogen extracts had significantly (P (Less than) 0.05) reduced serum total cholesterol concentrations compared to controls.
Phytoestrogens are nonsteroidal compounds that can bind to both ER-[alpha] and ER-[beta] because of their ability to mimic the conformational structure of estradiol (Kuiper et al.