Diet and Fibroids

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Diet and Fibroids

If you are diagnosed with uterine fibroids, one way to help reduce fibroid symptoms is to make changes to your diet. This means cutting back on high-fat and processed foods. As well as foods high in salt, refined carbohydrates, and sugar. 

At the first read-through, that might leave you thinking, that’s a lot of stuff to avoid. However, it really isn’t when you compare it to all the wonderfully beneficial and nutritious foods that women with fibroids can and should eat.

The recommended diet for women that want to reduce their fibroid symptoms most closely resembles the Mediterranean Diet.

The Mediterranean Diet is a primarily plant-based plan of eating that includes a daily intake of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, olive oil, beans, legumes, nuts, herbs, and spices. As for protein, this particular diet suggests that the main form of it should come from fish and seafood- which isn’t always the most affordable or accessible choice. Therefore adding lean meat and poultry is fine as well.

Here’s a look at some of the many foods that you can enjoy and benefit from:

Fresh Vegetables In particular, broccoli, asparagus, spinach, and kale. These four veggies are rich in iron that can help those suffering from the heavy bleeding that fibroids can cause- which can lead to anemia. Kale in particular has also been shown to aid in the prevention and further development of estrogen-fueled fibroid production.

Fruits Make sure to eat fruits such as pears, apples, grapes, tomatoes, figs, melons, peaches, and avocado– as all of these can help to lower the risk of fibroids. In fact, pears and apples, in particular, contain phloretin- which is a flavonoid that blocks estrogen- which has been found to decrease fibroid growth.

Nuts and Seeds Start adding nuts and seeds to your diet, like almonds, flaxseeds, and cashews- which are all rich in omega-3 fatty acids and can help not only decrease fibroid growth but can also help prevent uterine cancer. Flax seeds, in particular, can inhibit estrogen sensitivity in the uterus, and can even help prevent uterine cancer. Nuts and seeds are also excellent sources of fiber.

Oily Fish We’re talking about sardines, mackerel, salmon, and tuna– all of which contain essential fatty acids which have anti-inflammatory properties. They’re also rich in the beloved Vitamin D. Even better- B12-rich foods like seafood like shrimp, clams, and mussels can help to alleviate the symptoms of anemia.

Olive Oil When it comes to talking about the Mediterranean diet- we probably should have mentioned this must-have first- Olive oil. Olive oil ( in particular extra virgin olive oil), contains polyphenols that can potentially inhibit the production of prostaglandin, which is an inflammatory molecule. This, in turn, can help decrease or even prevent fibroid inflammation.

Though some of the following is not part of a Mediterranean diet, they can be part of a diet to reduce fibroid symptoms, and even inhibit their growth. These include: Fiber-Rich Whole Foods: cooked and raw vegetables cooked, raw, and dried fruit whole-grain bread and pasta cruciferous vegetables oats lentils barley beans

Potassium Rich Foods: avocado bananas citrus cantaloupe collard greens dates lentils oat bran potatoes tomatoes

Cruciferous vegetables: Arugula Bok choy Broccoli Brussels sprouts Cabbage Cauliflower Collard greens Horseradish Radishes Rutabagas Turnips Watercress Wasabi

The list goes on and on.

Though we can not entirely prevent fibroids, adhering to a healthy diet can not only improve other health conditions and overall quality of life, it can reduce and even alleviate painful and disruptive fibroid symptoms.

For more information about the Mediterranean diet, and some great recipes check out the following website.

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