The Most Potent Phytoestrogen is in Beer

The Most Potent Phytoestrogen is in Beer

September 16, 2019 60 By Ewald Bahringer


why do alcoholic men develop man boobs and other feminine traits well we know estrogens produce feminization our liver clears estrogens from the body and so the original theory with alcohol induced liver damage leading to the retention of excess estrogens the problem was that when they measured estrogen levels they were not elevated and even those with cirrhosis of the liver that appeared to clear estrogens from the body normally and also men’s testicles started shrinking even before serious liver disease developed so alternative explanations were considered well if it’s not due to estrogens produced endogenously meaning within the body may be alcoholics are being exposed to exogenous estrogenic as substances from dietary sources may be from phytoestrogens in the plants that alcoholic beverages are made from the discovery that plants could contain hormonal compounds was made back in 1951 by two Australian chemists charged with finding out the cause of an epidemic of infertility in sheep that was ravaging their nation’s wool industry it took him ten years where they finally figured out the cause a compound present in a type of clover called genestein same photo uestion found in soybeans online you can read about the dreaded clover disease on scare mongering websites but you’ll note they never talk about the difference in dose to get as much as the Sheep we’re getting from clover you’d have to drink more than a thousand cartons of soy milk a day eight thousand soy burgers or about 800 pounds of tofu a day now this is not to say you can’t overdo it there are two case reports in the medical literature on feminizing effects associated with eating as few as 14 to 20 servings of soy foods a day but at reasonable doses or even considerably higher than the one or two servings a day Asian men eat soy phytoestrogens do not exert feminizing effects on so anyways back in 1951 we realized plant compounds could be estrogenic AHA to German researchers realize maybe that’s why women who handle hops start menstruating and indeed they found estrogenic activity in hops which is the bittering agent used to make beer they found trace amounts of the soy phytoestrogens but in such tiny quantities that beer would not be expected to have an estrogenic effect but then 1999 a potent phytoestrogen called 8 parental noir in Jenin was discovered in hops in fact the most potent phytoestrogen found to date 50 times more potent than the genestein and soy an obvious explanation for the menstrual disturbances and female hop workers in the past now that we have machines to pick our hops are only exposures likely via beer consumption but you know the levels in beer were found to be so blow they shouldn’t cause any concern but then in 2001 study on a hops containing dietary supplement for quote-unquote breast enhancement raised a concern that another phytoestrogen hops called Isis and though Kumal might be bough transformed by our liver into the more potent eight PN which would greatly augment the estrogenic effect of hops but this was a study done on mice thankfully a study unit using human estrogen receptors found no such liver transformation and so all seemed fine until 2005 see the liver is not the only transformation site inside the human body the human colon contains trillions of microorganisms with enormous metabolic potential it’s like a whole separate organ within our body with a hundred livers worth of metabolizing power so let’s effectively mix some beer with some poop and see what happens and indeed up to a 90% conversion was achieved up until then the concentration of a PN of beer was considered too low to affect human health however these results show that the activity of the intestinal microbial community could more than tenfold increase the exposure concentration this can explain why you can detect to APN the urine of beer drinkers for days because their gut bacteria keep churning it out obviously the amount of straight-8 pn and beer is not the only source of estrogen effects given this conversion so a decade ago the question remained Mike drinking too much beer cause estrogenic effects and feminized men I’ll give you the ten-year update in my next video you