Fibroids are abnormal growths that develop in or on a woman’s uterus. Sometimes, these tumors become quite large and cause severe abdominal pain and heavy periods. In other cases, they cause no signs or symptoms at all. The growths are typically benign (noncancerous). The cause of fibroids is unknown.
According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), about 70 to 80 percent of women have them by the age of 50–and they are more prevalent in Black women. Why is that?
Time and time again we receive emails and comments from Black women as young as 22, who have had to deal with painful fibroids. Some small as golf balls, others almost the size of a basketball. One woman set out to change that.
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The 90-Day Hope Beyond Fibroids Elimination Program is co-founded by fibroids & fertility coach and bestselling author Gessie Thompson. The program’s purpose is to empower women to be H.I.P.P.—Hopeful, Informed, Prayerful and Proactive—about eliminating their fibroids and infertility.
Thompson has had five fibroid surgeries and experienced the discomfort first-hand.
So as she researched for cures and treatment solutions, she came across the work of Dr. Amsu Anpu and Dr. Amun Neb from the Aboriginal Medical Association. A group that helps women change their lifestyles and eliminate fibroids.
On a recent episode of NewsOne Now with Roland Martin, Dr. Amsu Anpu explained the information medical doctors have been disseminating about fibroids is “incorrect.” He said, “The root cause is estrogen dominance — they know this. It’s absolutely known.”
“Our thing is to inhibit the estrogen and that’s how we eliminate those fibroids,” Dr. Anpu said.
Here are three things you can start doing today:
I. Eat more beans. Beans and other legumes are said to reduce the amount of estrogen in the body. Try eating at least one serving a day of lima beans, peas, pinto beans, black beans, chickpeas or another type of bean that you like.
However, avoid eating soy beans and other non-fermented soy products, which contain high levels of estrogen.
II. Try using herbs and supplements. Some women have found success using certain herbs and supplements that reduce estrogen levels and potentially impede the growth of fibroids. Try the following natural remedies:
– Grapeseed extract is said to reduce estrogen levels in the body. Chasteberry tincture is said to help reduce the size of fibroids by reducing estrogen.
– Motherwort is said to help shrink fibroids. Try it as a tincture.
– Drink red raspberry or black cohosh tea to shrink fibroids.
– Omega-3 supplements are said to reduce estrogen levels.
III. Keep your weight down. Since high levels of body fat are related to high estrogen levels, losing weight and keeping it off might help shrink fibroids. Eat plenty of whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds, and lean meats in order to keep your weight down. Getting lots of cardio exercise is also helpful.
Dr. Anpu also believes African-American women are being “set up” to develop fibroids. He said young Black women are given contraception pills to regulate their cycles; those pills contain estrogen.
Anpu later said the estrogen in the contraception pills “feeds fibroids.”
Thompson added other medications, stress and certain foods also contribute to the development of the condition. She said…