When you are suffering from something like cancer, it can feel like everything around you is a trigger that needs managing. People with a serious diagnosis will often completely transform their lifestyle in order to combat some of the negative side effects of their illness.
One thing that those suffering from cancer are starting to pay more attention to is plant estrogens. Phytoestrogens, or plant-based estrogens, are often referred to as dietary estrogens because they aren’t created by any part of the human endocrine system. In its natural state, phytoestrogen are present in plants and act as a natural defence against herbivores.
Phytoestrogens are complex because they have the ability to both mimic estrogen and act as an estrogen antagonist, which means that they behave in the opposite way to biological estrogen. This element of plant estrogens has always been regarded as being extremely negative, probably because of some of the health concerns it can raise.
Extra estrogen in women can lead to infertility, polycystic ovarian syndrome and, perhaps most worryingly, certain types of cancer. It can also harm those who are already suffering from cancer, so it’s important to be mindful of what you buy in order to reduce your exposure to plant estrogens.
Luckily, we have a wide range of products available to purchase that contain a miniscule amount of plant estrogens in them, meaning you can feel safe in the knowledge that when you buy from us you aren’t harming yourself. One of the main ingredients that we use in our soaps, both the bar and liquid variety, is sunflower seed oil, which does contain a negligible amount of plant estrogens.
When talking about soap, it’s important to recognize that your body is not actually absorbing this product internally, in the same way it does when you eat something or rub it into your skin and leave, for example a moisturiser will be absorbed much more thoroughly than any type of soap product ever will.
Having said that, some of the product will inevitably be soaked into your skin while you are washing yourself, so it’s good to know that sunflower seed oil is relatively harmless when it comes to plant estrogens. Gram for gram, they contain around the same amount as is found in olive oil and dried prunes.
In comparison, soy has 418 times more phytoestrogens and flax has a staggering 1,756 times as much. When you are trying to reduce the amount of Phytoestrogens you are consuming, it’s more important to focus on your diet.
Using strawberries as an example, the berries may taste good, but they actually deliver 5,000 times more phytoestrogens than eating 10 grams of any of our range of foaming soap will.
Of course, we assume that you won’t be in any hurry to eat your soap and will instead be using it to wash with, in which case the effects are even smaller as less of it is being absorbed.
While we cannot promote our product range as being entirely phytoestrogen free, what we can say is that our products are all natural, made from 100% organic oil base, and are 99.99999% plant estrogen free, making them a wholly safe choice for anyone who is suffering from cancer and is attempting to monitor these types of things.
Instead of worrying about a product like our soap, be more concerned about using a conventional, non-organic soap that is likely to be full of fertilizers and pesticides.
*This Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health providers with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.