Best Diet for Fibroids
Although changing your diet will not get rid of fibroids, it could improve your symptoms. You may be able to reduce pain, or even get rid of it completely. Eating a healthier diet can also reduce your risk for developing more fibroids in the future, as it can help to balance the hormones that cause fibroids.
What are Fibroids?
Fibroids are benign, hormone sensitive tumors of the uterine muscle that can occur at varying areas of the uterine wall. They can cause pain, excessive vaginal bleeding, dysfunctional menstrual cycles, and pressure on other organs. They can also cause problems with fertility, and interfere with implantation of a fertilized egg in the uterine lining.
Fibroids are almost always non-cancerous, or benign. It is very rare for a fibroid to be cancerous, less than 1 in 1,000. Having fibroids does not increase the risk of developing a cancerous fibroid, or any other chance of developing other forms of cancer in the uterus.
Even if treatment is successful at removing the current fibroids, it is possible for more fibroids to grow later in the future. The only way to completely prevent any fibroids to come back is to proceed with a hysterectomy, removing the entire uterus.
What to Eat
Cutting back on alcohol can also have a big effect on fibroids. Drinking alcohol increases your risk because alcohol raises the levels of hormones that cause fibroids. Alcohol also triggers inflammation.
Getting enough Vitamin D is important as well. Studies show that Vitamin D helps to reduce the risk of fibroids by almost 32%. Some foods that contain vitamin D are:
- egg yolks
- milk, cheese, and dairy products
- orange juice
- fatty fish such as salmon, tuna, and mackerel
- cod liver oil
Fiber is another key ingredient to foods that help to slow and prevent the growth of fibroids. Some fiber-rich foods include:
- cooked and raw vegetables
- cooked, raw, and dried fruit
- whole grain bread and pasta
Potassium will also help to lower your risk of fibroids, and will also balance your blood pressure. Foods with potassium include:
- collard greens
- oat bran
Dairy products with calcium will help to prevent fibroids and slow their growth. Try eating things such as:
Green tea is full of antioxidants, which can slow the growth of your fibroids by bringing down inflammation and hormone levels. Green tea can also help with symptoms of heavy bleeding, such as low iron.
What Not to Eat
Sugary foods may worsen fibroids as they spike sugar levels. Foods to avoid are:
- table sugar
- corn syrup
- high fructose corn syrup
- white bread, rice, pasta, and flour
- soda and sugary drinks
- fruit juice
- potato chips
- packaged energy bars
Foods that will affect your hormone balance and increase your levels of estrogen should also be avoided. Foods that will cause an increase in estrogen levels include:
- red meat
- animal fats
- soy beans
- soy milk
- flax seed
- alfalfa sprouts
If you have a fibroid and are interested in seeking treatment, contact NYC Surgical Associates today.