Know why oestrogen is every woman’s best friend

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Sep 20, 2018
Quick Bites

  • Oestrogen affects periods and the related symptoms.
  • It also determines the feminine features in women.
  • Low oestrogen level can lead to less feminine appearance.
  • It affects mood as well as overall health.

Ever wondered why we have to suffer through PMS, menstruation or crazy mood swings? Most women must have thought of this hundreds of times even though we know the answer to that is oestrogen. It is not news to anyone that this hormone plays a crucial role in making of babies and causing period pains every month. However, there is more to the hormone than just that. Here is why oestrogen is every woman’s best friend.

Helps deal with stress

As per a study conducted by the University of Buffalo, women are better at handling stress as compared with their male counterparts, who don’t have enough of this hormone. The study concluded that women were fairly better at performing cognitive tasks after a stressful situation.

Protects heart

Oestrogen is known to have vasculo-protective properties that help protect the vessels of the heart by preventing accumulation of plaque in the arteries. Besides, it not only helps lower the cholesterol levels but also keeps the triglyceride levels under check, thereby reducing the risk of heart diseases.

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Keeps infections and inflammation at bay

According to researchers at the University of London, oestrogen protects women against infections and inflammation. It also helps reduce leakage of white blood cells from blood vessels during an injury, thereby reducing chances of swelling and helping the body fight infections more effectively.

Relieves menopause symptoms

The natural production of oestrogen changes over time. As menopause approaches, your oestrogen levels will begin falling. As oestrogen levels fall, you will start having symptoms of menopause. For menopause, many doctors prescribe an oestrogen-containing medication. Replacing the declining oestrogen with hormone therapy may help ease menopause symptoms. Oestrogen also helps in decreasing bone loss after menopause. 

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Protects nerves

Oestrogen is also responsible for increasing the amount of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that helps in proper transmission of messages from one part of the body to the brain, making nerves function more effectively.

Keeps you happy

Oestrogen is also responsible for the modification and production of endorphins, chemicals responsible for bringing about a sense of happiness and joy.

What can cause Oestrogen insufficiency?

  • Excessive weight loss
  • Too much exercise
  • Smoking
  • Menopause

Foods that can boost Oestrogen level are:

  • Seeds- flax seeds, sesame seeds
  • Soy Products- soy beans, soy milk, tofu
  • Fruits- peaches, strawberries
  • Vegetables- Green Beans
  • Nuts- pistachios, walnuts, peanuts
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