[Phytoestrogens in food--a review].Rocz Panstw Zakl Hig 2001; 52(3):203-12RP
The steroid hormone estrogen influences female and male reproductive system, 17-beta-oestradiol is the major human oestrogen. Phytoestrogens are naturally occurring oestrogens in many foods of plant origin. They are structurally and functionally similar to 17-beta-oestradiol or produce estrogenic effects. It is suggested that phytoestrogens could lower risk of diseases accompanied woman in meno- and postmenopausal stage. They are consider to decrease risk of breast, endometrial and ovarian cancer, osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease. This report presents the literature review on nutritious and health aspects connected with phytoestrogens. Generally authors confirm the possibility of beneficial health effects of phytoestrogens in humans.