Breast development begins during adolescence when a female’s ovaries begin producing estrogens. When estrogens are produced, the fat within a female’s connective tissues in her breasts starts to accumulate, causing them to enlarge. Meanwhile, her duct system in the breasts also begin to grow. The rate at which a woman’s breasts grow varies from one individual to the next and depends on hereditary factors and estrogen production, as well as when puberty begins.
Consuming foods containing phytoestrogens may enhance breast development. Phytoestrogens are plant-based estrogens identified as lignans, flavones, coumestans and isoflavones. Consumption of foods containing phytoestrogens may reduce the chances of developing prostate and breast cancer, as well as cardiovascular conditions and osteoporosis, as these substances mimic the action of natural estrogens created in the female body. Phytoestrogens are found in many herbs and food sources, and consumption of these can help enlarge breast tissues naturally. In addition to helping balance hormone levels when they are consumed, phytoestrogens also strengthen immunological functioning and can diminish symptoms of osteoporosis and menopause. These plant-based compounds are present in foods and are weaker than naturally produced estrogen levels in the body.
Food sources high in phytoestrogens include alfalfa sprouts, almonds, blueberries, chestnuts, coffee, corn, dried apricots, dried dates, flax bread, flax seed, garlic, green beans, hummus, multigrain bread, mung bean sprouts, olive oil, onions, peanuts, sesame seeds, soybeans, soy milk, soy yogurt, sunflower seeds, tofu, watermelon and cow’s milk. Additional food sources rich in phytoestrogens include beer, black licorice, rye bread, broccoli, cabbage, cashews, collards, dried prunes, garlic, green beans, hazelnuts, lentils, peaches, pistachios, raspberries, soybean sprouts, black and green tea, walnuts, watermelon, red wine, white wine and winter squash. You can also find phytoestrogens from the consumption of legumes, chickpeas, fennel, carrots, asparagus, parsley, celery, wheat, corn, red clover, hops and oats.
Consume probiotics along with foods containing phytoestrogen to improve the function of your digestive and intestinal tracts. Probiotics help your system absorb more phytoestrogens. When you consume foods containing phytoestrogens the foods are broken down, and many of the phytoestrogens are transported to the liver via the blood. The phytoestrogens are then filtered from your system. Increasing your absorption rate helps increase the number of phytoestrogens that can bind to estrogen receptor sites in your body. Taking a supplement such as bifidus or acidophilus will reduce the presence of fungi and yeasts in your digestive tract and enhance your absorption. Probiotics are found in foods such as acidophilus-enriched yogurt, onions, bananas, honey, garlic, barley, tomatoes and wheat.
Women who have a family history of breast cancer should not eat phytoestrogen-rich foods, as some studies suggest that high estrogen levels contribute to the onset of breast cancer. In addition, you should not consume excessive amounts of phytoestrogens if you have a family history of uterine cancer. Speak with your doctor to learn more about the benefits and drawbacks of increased phytoestrogen consumption.