Q: Can I shrink fibroids naturally? – Kim L.
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A: Consider eating organic food as much as possible. This is one of those natural methods that certainly can’t hurt – and it might actually end up helping your fibroids shrink. Many non-organic foods contain added growth hormones, and some pesticides can contain hormones as well. Since it’s possible that estrogen levels are connected to fibroids, avoiding synthetic hormones is a positive habit.
- Make sure that the meat you buy is hormone free. This goes for dairy products as well.
- Shop for produce and other food at local farmer’s markets and be sure to ask the seller whether the food is organic.
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.
Try using herbs and supplements to shrink fibroids. While there’s no scientific evidence that herbs and supplements definitely work, it’s worth a try to use 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.
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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.
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