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A small amount of estrogen is necessary in men to ensure proper function. Too much estrogen can create an imbalance. Xenoestrogens, zinc deficiency and magnesium deficiency all play a role. Proper supplementation and detoxification is important to maintain proper balance.
Men and women both have the sex hormones testosterone and estrogen. The small amount of estrogen that men have in their body is needed for very important functions.
Sometimes you can find an imbalance between testosterone and estrogen in men. Dr. Eugene Shippen wrote an entire chapter in his book called The Testosterone Syndrome about problematic estrogen and why estrogen elevation in men can lead to many negative effects in men and actually oppose the beneficial effects of testosterone.
Male Estrogen (or Estrogen in men) can become relatively high in men because testosterone converts to estrogen by just one chemical step. An enzyme in the body called aromatase removes a single Hydrogen atom, the smallest atom in the universe, from testosterone and converts it to estrogen.
One important consideration is the impact of environmental toxins that are very similar to estrogen called Xenoestrogens, which are endocrine disruptors. This includes many chemicals from plastics, diethylstilbestrol and numerous pesticides, so you can also view the video on Detoxification Basics to learn more on combating the Endocrine disruptors. These Xenoestrogens act like estrogen in your body even if they don't raise the estrogen level itself. Your body does not know the difference.
Another factor is that the enzyme aromatase is halted by zinc, a strong aromatase inhibitor. Zinc deficiency is very common in men, so a highly recommended product for men is zinc glycinate from Triton Nutrition. The zinc is in a chelated form to ensure proper absorption.
Why is zinc deficiency so common? First of all, men don't eat enough fruits and vegetables. The way that these fruits and vegetables get zinc is by pulling the zinc up from the soil and chelating or binding them to an amino acid. So, Triton Nutrition's form of Zinc Glycinate is in the proper chelated form like that found in fruits and vegetables.
Men should take between 40-60 mg a day of Zinc amino acid chelate or specifically Triton Nutrition's chelated form Zinc Glycinate. This dosage does depend on body size and a person's activity level. Zinc is a mineral that we lose with intense exercise. It's lost through sweat and through urine, so it must be repleted. If not supplemented then testosterone can be rapidly converted to estrogen.
Older men who are taking medications are often zinc deficient because there are many over-the-counter and prescription medications like diuretics that actually cause zinc to become deficient as well as many other nutrient deficiencies.
Zinc is also required in the biochemical steps that construct testosterone. Magnesium, which is also a common deficiency, is required for the biochemical pathways leading to testosterone formation as well.
Why is a small amount of estrogen needed in men? Estrogen actually sits on the receptor site for testosterone to make sure the receptor works when testosterone is present. We also need estrogen to sit on the sites in the brain to protect the brain and to also balance lipids like cholesterol in the blood.
According to Dr. Eugene Shippen's book The Testosterone Syndrome, when requesting blood tests ask for the total testosterone level and the total estradiol level. This ratio is very important and what Dr. Eugene Shippen recommends is a 50 to 1 ratio of testosterone to estradiol. This means a young man with a 1000 testosterone level will have a 20 estradiol level for a proper 50 to 1 ratio.
When someone is deficient in zinc, they will not have this 50 to 1 ratio and after they begin supplementation, they will notice the ratio of low testosterone to high estradiol change towards the 50 to 1 ratio. The aromatase inhibition of zinc and the proper supplementation of zinc for testosterone production will gradually bring the hormones back into balance.
Another supplement recommended for the detoxification of environmental estrogens is Estro Shield with DIM (Diindolylmethane). DIM is found naturally occurring in cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli and cauliflower. DIM helps get rid of the environmental estrogens that are in the body and also the estrogen made in the body if it is in excess.
Our bodies are designed to produce, utilize and then get rid of certain hormones and DIM makes sure that our elimination pathways that excrete excess estrogen in the urine are activated.
You will also find curcumin in Triton Nutrition's Estro Shield with DIM. Curcumin or turmeric is a potent anti-inflammatory but it also enhances detoxification pathways.
Also found in Estro Shield is Biopterin, a black pepper extract, which enhances the absorption of the nutrients in the gut.
If you are interested in testing that determines micronutrient deficiencies, Triton Nutrition offers SpectraCell Nutrient Testing that will provide you with the specific mineral, vitamin or amino acid, which may be deficient.
by Robert Seik, PharmD