The female hormone Estrogen is known to have some protective effect on cells affected by LHON. (20943885)(23748049)(24792485)(http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4212093)
Some doctors think that similar chemicals found in plants might be used as a treatment for mitochondrial disorders. These chemicals are known as plant-based estrogens or phytoestrogens.
The idea is that they are similar enough to human estrogen to provide a protective effect, but different enough to avoid the feminising side-effects of taking human estrogen. (24720662)(24712520)(24606799)(24361291)
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