Fibroid Fighting Diet – Uterine Fibroids Saints And Sinners
Your diet can do wonders in shrinking your uterine fibroids. That is why knowing the foods that will help you decrease the size of your tumor and the foods that will aggravate it is essential in pursuing a fibroid fighting diet.
A fibroid fighting diet will help you eliminate the toxins in your body and contribute to the decrease in the uterine fibroid’s size. The dishes served on your table each day can make a great difference in your health. Knowing what foods can help you and what can worsen your problem is essential. Let us look into these different types of foods that are usually eaten everyday and categorize them as fibroid saints or sinners.
Uterine Fibroid Saints
These foods are particularly helpful to the body when you have fibroids:-
* Fiber-rich foods.
Fiber helps in eliminating estrogen out of the body. Since estrogen is considered as one of the causes of uterine fibroids, eating beans, cereals, pineapples, avocado, carrots, peas, and green-leafy vegetables are important to keep the estrogen level balanced.
* “Whole” foods.
A fibroid fighting diet must consist of whole grains, nuts, and seeds. Whole foods that are rich in lignins (chemical compounds in wood) have antiestrogenic properties. Rye, flaxseed, oats, wheat, corn, rice and millet are foods rich in lignin.
Iron-rich foods can prevent anemia when heavy bleeding occurs due to the uterine fibroids. Beans, molasses, pumpkin, and bitter gourd are rich sources of iron. Iron should be coupled with vitamin C (ascorbic acid) to increase its absorption, so do eat citrus fruits too!
Water flushes away the impurities in the body and it can also decrease the pain related to uterine fibroids.
Bioflavonoids are low-potency estrogen substances that are safe to eat when one has fibroids. Foods that are rich in bioflavonoids are tofu, beans, pinto beans, kidney beans, lentils, lima beans, soybeans, and soy milk.
Uterine Fibroid Sinners
If there are saints, there are also sinners. In order to maintain a fibroid fighting diet, the following food groups are to be avoided:-
* Pro-estrogen foods.
As mentioned, estrogen is one of the causes of uterine fibroids. Avoiding foods that supports its proliferation is important. Foods which have been produced with growth hormones or with the use of pesticides can have estrogen mimicking properties.
Meat can intensify symptoms of fibroid such as abdominal pain and bleeding. Beef, pork, and lamb should be strictly taken in very small portions.
Perhaps doing away with a morning cup of java can save you the pain thereafter. Coffee, even decaffeinated, has phytoestrogen (natural estrogen), and therefore it must be excluded in the diet.
Fighting fibroids take time, effort, and discipline. Now that these foods are on the table, it is your choice to pick. Remember, the perfect start of a fibroid-fighting diet begins with the choices you make everyday.
Frequently Asked Questions
What foods containing estrogen do I avoid due to uterine fibroids and newly pregnant?
I am newly pregnant and have uterine fibroids, which grow from estrogen. I am trying to avoid foods that contain extra estrogen because of this. BUT Im avoiding foods that contain extra estrogen. But am I avoiding foods rich in phytoestrogens OR foods containing a natural estrogenestrogen compound phytoestrogen – or both?
Foods that contain phytoestrogens include soy foods such as tofu, soy milk, tempeh and soy protein powder –
Other foods have estrogenic effects, meaning that the body can “mistaken” them for estrogen: fennel seed and cinnamon
Why would a doctor tell my sister to keep taking birth control if she has estrogen dependent fibriods?
My sister has estrogen dependent fibroids and is on the pill-she is convinced- because 3 doctors have told her so she says-that she will bleed profusely if she stops the pill-that the fibroids need the estrogen to fight themselves or something along those lines. Am i the only person who this does not make any sense to? Can someone please make me understand this.
Birth control pills regulate the amount of estrogen in the female body. Did her doctor put her on a low dose estrogen birth control Pill?
I have Endometriosis and it is actually controlled by me being on the pill continuously for 3 months, then I take a week off and back on for 9 weeks or 3 months. It seems to help.
There are a lot of different pills out there for a lot of different reasons.
Something else she may want to try is called Estrosense, it’s available at health food stores. It helps with pain and inflammation. It has helped my endo… Check it out.
does malotonin suppl have estrogen and could it cause fibroids to bleed?
Is it possible to have polycystic overian syndrome and fibroids at the same time?
i am confused, as i thought fibroids were caused by too much estrogen, and PCOS caused by too little estrogen and too much testosterone.
Yes, it is possible to have both fibroids and PCOS although they are caused by two different hormones. I have a friend that has both. She had to have the fibroid removed a year ago.
is there any relation to soy milk and fibroid tumors?
I am a 52 year old woman in peri-menopause stage. I have been drinking soy milk for the past two years and I have just been diagnosed with a medium to large fibroid. My understanding is that Fibroids feed off of estrogen. Are the phytoestrogens in soy milk linked to increased growth of my fibroid tumor?
It’s possible. But it’s complicated. The weak phytoestrogens of soy compete with the more powerful estrogens your body makes, for the same estrogen receptors. So, depending on how much estrogen your body is making, the soy could be making the situation worse, making the situation better, or not making any difference at all.