Does Beer Increase Estrogen?

Does Beer Increase Estrogen?

Many men ask if beer can actually increase the amount of estrogen you have in your body. Some are understandably worried that drinking too much of their favorite game day beverage can negatively impact their estrogen levels and cause unwanted side effects. Here at LT Men’s Clinic, we get this question a lot, and the answer isn’t exactly black and white.

First, it is important to note that casually drinking a beer will not dramatically increase your estrogen levels and cause you to grow larger breasts or experience any of the side effects of low testosterone. So, don’t worry that having a cold one will cause your entire hormone system to get out of whack.

However, it can be a completely different story when it comes to alcohol abuse. If you are abusing alcohol and drinking in excess, you may be surprised to find what chemicals are used in most beers. Beer contains phytoestrogen and prolactin. These two chemicals can increase the estrogen levels your body produces. If this happens too much, your body will react and decrease testosterone levels—which can put you at risk for low T.

This is also why it is important to limit alcohol consumption when undergoing testosterone treatment.

So, why does this happen with beer? These two estrogen-increasing chemicals are typically found in hops and barley, which of course, are two of the most common ingredients in beer. But beer isn’t the only culprit. Wines and certain liquors, such as bourbon, can also contain phytoestrogen. The more you know about alcohol and its impact on your testosterone and estrogen levels—the better off you will be at making the right choices to keep your hormones balanced.

If you have more questions about the things that could impact your estrogen levels, give the experts at LT Men’s Clinic a call. We are available to help answer your questions and talk to you about different hormone replacement therapies that may be able to help you should you have questions about hormonal imbalances. Give us a call at 817-369-3605 to schedule your appointment with us today.