Plants that are good sources of estrogens include soy beans, sesame seeds, chickpeas, peas and beans. The phytoestrogens found in these plants are not identical to the estrogen produced by the body, but the body uses them in the same manner and they can help regulate hormone balance.
Other sources of phytoestrogens include bran and flax. Dried fruits contain concentrated phyroestrogens, but unfortunately, their sugar content is also concentrated, so it is not advisable to eat too many in one sitting. Vegetables that contain significant quantities of phytoestrogens include beets, carrots, eggplant, sweet potatoes, peppers and celery.
Conversely, cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower, contain a compound that binds to estrogens and removes them from the body, so those looking to increase estrogen intake should limit consumption of these vegetables. Foods that contain a lot of flavinoids can also affect uptake of estrogens; these include most varieties of citrus, as well as coffee and tea.
Non-organic dairy products and meat are likely to contain synthetic estrogens that are given to animals to promote growth. These estrogen traces have been implicated in several health issues, including feminization in men and exacerbating conditions such as endometriosis and lymphatic growths.