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Can Seaweed Help Prevent Breast Cancer & Ovarian Cysts?

  • Published on: 31 May, 2017
  • Last update: 09 August, 2017

LETS TALK ABOUT ESTROGEN (and seaweed)! A very important topic for women everywhere, especially in today’s age of xenoestrogen galore (aka: the abundance of compounds in our environment which act like estrogen in the body such as plastics & parabens).

Did you know that approximately 75% of breast tumors are estrogen dependent, meaning they rely on estrogen for growth & proliferation? In fact, several different types of cancers (endometrial, colorectal, ovarian) along with various reproductive issues (endometriosis, uterine/breast fibroids, ovarian cysts) are all associated with excess serum estrogen levels (especially in relation to balancing progesterone levels). This is called estrogen dominance, and symptoms include decreased libido, moodiness, water retention, breast tenderness, cysts, heavy cramping & more.

What’s interesting is that Japanese women have among the lowest rates of estrogen-dependent cancers and diseases in the world! Although researchers have always attributed this to the soy in their diets, science is now looking to their SEAWEED consumption for answers.

Brown seaweeds like bladderwrack (found in our new Thyro-Pro herbal formula💊) contain unique plant compounds such as alginates, fucoxanthin, and fucoidan; all of which are not found in ANY land vegetables & show strong anticancer properties.

Studies have shown that you can literally drop seaweed broth on human ovary cells and see estrogen levels drop! This means seaweed either inhibits estrogen production, facilities the breakdown of excess estrogen, OR may even block estrogen receptors (which is what breast cancer drugs are designed to do!) For this reason, seaweed is crucial to your diet if you suffer from any kind of estrogen-related reproductive woes, including cysts, fibroids, and painful periods.

Researcher Christine Skibola from the University of California was intrigued by the benefits of seaweed and published a case study on 3 female subjects with irregular menstrual cycles & endometriosis. Subject #1 had a 30-year history of irregular periods, averaging every 16 days!

After 3 months, adding just a QUARTER teaspoon of powdered bladderwrack seaweed to her diet brought her cycle up to 26 days. When she graduated to a HALF teaspoon, her cycle went up to a normal 31 days, nearly doubling in length & becoming regular. Subjects #2 & #3 reported a substantial alleviation of their endometriosis pain, and the number of days they bled was reduced from an average of 8 to 4. Most importantly, their estrogen levels decreased 85% and their progesterone levels shot up 25 fold! This is important, because as I said, estrogen dominance happens when estrogen is too high in comparison to progesterone.

These changes in menstrual cycle length & estrogen levels have many beneficial health effects, including lowering the risk of cancer.

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Hey Olivia! 🙂 Would you recommend a specific Bladderwrack Powder to take as a food supplement?



Hi Mariam, please email if this question is still of interest to you and for what condition – Dana @ Team Organic Olivia

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