Up to 40 percent of American women 35 and older have fibroids. Breast fibroids are moveable, rubbery nodules causing painful swelling near the breast surface. Excess estrogen that is not metabolized smoothly by the liver, and an under-active thyroid are the normal cause for fibroids. Fibroids are not cancer, and have less than one-half of 1% chance of becoming cancerous before menopause. In fact, most fibroids go away on their own after menopause.
Breast swelling and painful uterine bleeding can minimize within weeks after a change to a low fat, vegetarian diet. Avoid synthetic estrogens if possible. They can keep fibroids growing even after menopause.
Suggested Diet Therapies
Nutritional therapy plan:
- Follow a low fat, vegetarian diet (50-60% fresh foods) to relieve symptoms. High fats mean imbalanced estrogen levels, a clear cause of fibroids. Obesity also increases risk.
- Coffee clearly aggravates fibroids. Avoid caffeine foods like chocolate and carbonated sodas. Avoid concentrated starches like pastries and fatty dairy foods. Avoid hormone-laden meats and refined sugars. During menses, avoid fried, sugary and salty foods, especially smoked or preserved meats.
- Get 60-70gm protein daily from largely vegetable sources to avoid unhealthy meat fats: grains, sprouts, soy foods, nuts, seeds, sea foods, hormone-free dairy and poultry.
- Increase your intake of cruciferous veggies like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and brussels sprouts, and high fiber foods like apples which increase estrogen excretion.
- Increase B vitamin-rich foods - brown rice, wheat germ and wheat germ oil (4 teasp. daily) and nutritional yeast.
- Add miso, sea veggies, and dark leafy greens to neutralize toxins. Eat diuretic foods, cucumber and watermelon to flush them out. Have fresh apple or carrot juice every day during healing.
- Drink plenty of water every day.