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Something I can eat/drink with high phytoestrogens besides soy milk?

by (123) Updated March 15, 2013 at 8:39 PM Created February 02, 2013 at 9:40 PM

During my period I get frequent migraines (as far as I can tell it has something to do with fluctuating estrogen levels) and drinking a glass of soy milk when I feel one coming on is the only thing I have found that stops them. Any less harmful foods/drinks I could get the same effect from?

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2611 · March 15, 2013 at 8:39 PM

I'm under the impression that phytoestrogens and phytate are the main reasons non-soy-sensitive people avoid soy in the first place, and phytate is more of a "less-is-better" thing than something you need to avoid 100% in order to benefit. So if you meet the following criteria:

  1. You don't get lots of phytate from other sources,

  2. You understand the theorized risks of consuming phytoestrogens and are either unconvinced or think they're a favorable trade-off, and

  3. Consuming soy doesn't cause you any other obvious problems

then soymilk sounds like it might be perfectly appropriate for this purpose.

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302 · February 03, 2013 at 12:32 AM

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