Fibroid Diet: What To Eat When You Have Fibroids

fibroids diet

5 min read

November 6, 2021

Fibroids are certain types of growths in the uterus, non-cancerous, which are common in many women during their childbearing years. According to the National Institute of Health, about 80% of women will develop fibroids during their lifetime. Many women never develop fibroid symptoms; those that do report abdominal pain, heavier menstruation, frequent urination, and feeling full. 

What Causes Fibroids? 

No one really knows the true cause of fibroids. However, there are some factors that may cause fibroids, including genetics, hormones (estrogen and progesterone), and other substances that are in the body. Fibroids have more estrogen and progesterone than other uterine cells, and therefore are sensitive to hormonal changes in the body when the menstrual cycle happens. 

What Food and Beverages Should You Avoid With Fibroids?

Certain types of food and beverages can agitate fibroids and should be avoided. These food and beverages include:

  • Processed red meats: These contain added hormones that can make fibroid pain worse.
  • Dairy products: Dairy products can contribute to feeling full and abdominal discomfort with fibroids.
  • Salty food/processed food: Anything with a lot of salt can make it difficult for your liver to balance hormones and remove toxins from your body, which can contribute to fibroid pain.
  • Sugar: Anything with a lot of added sugar can contribute to fibroid symptoms.
  • Alcohol and caffeine: These should be avoided if you havefibroids, as they can cause hormonal imbalances that can make your fibroid pain worse.

Can a Healthy Diet Reverse Fibroids? 

It is unknown whether or not a healthy diet can reverse fibroids. There are certain types of medications and surgical procedures that can eliminate fibroids. Doctors typically recommend surgery for fibroids if they are painful or cause excessively heavy cycles. Birth control and hormone therapies can help regulate the hormonal balance within the body, decreasing the severity of fibroid systems. 

Eating healthy throughout your life can help reduce the risk of developing fibroids and decrease the likelihood of developing severe fibroid symptoms.

What Should I Eat If I Have Fibroids? 

If you have fibroids, you might want to consider a healthier diet. You can eat things like leafy green vegetables, fresh fruits, beans, legumes, fish, lean chicken or turkey, whole grains, eggs, low-fat dairy products, and foods rich in potassium. A wide variety of studies have been done on diet and fibroids:

  • One study, which surveyed literature on diet and fibroids, found that low intake of fruits and vegetables, Vitamin D deficiency, and pollution all increased the risk of fibroid onset in women. 
  • Another study found that red meat, even just one serving per day, could increase the risk of developing fibroids by as much as 70%.
  • A healthy diet, overall, improves overall menstrual health. A benefit of better menstrual health is less severe fibroid symptoms. 

Putting Together a Shopping List of Foods for a Fibroid Diet

If you don’t know what to buy at the grocery store if you have fibroids, let’s take a look at some possible shopping options:

Cruciferous vegetables

Not only do cruciferous vegetables reduce the likelihood of cancer, they can also promote detox in your body to help deal with hormonal imbalances. These vegetables include: broccoli, cabbage, turnips, radishes and others. Don’t overcook these vegetables as they can lose some of their minerals.

Herbs that promote detoxification

In addition to eating healthy vegetables and fruit, herbs like garlic, turmeric, and ginger are great detox agents that can help regulate estrogen and progesterone levels within the body.

Vitamins that you need

There are certain complex vitamins and minerals that also help regulate hormone levels, as well as fibroid symptoms. Many of these vitamins and minerals can be found in a menstrual health tonic, like Scarlet, or can be taken as a supplement. Almonds, hazelnuts, and cod liver oil are all rich in Vitamin B, Vitamin E, and magnesium, as well as omega-3 fatty acids, which can help alleviate fibroid pain. Vitamins and minerals like thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, B6, B12, C, D, and E all help regulate hormone levels during your menstrual cycle. Calcium, magnesium, vitamins B6, B12 can also be found in Scarlet which is in a liquid form, and makes it easier for the body to absorb.

What Is the Outlook for Fibroids? 

In most cases, women with fibroids don’t typically get symptoms. With a healthy diet and the right treatments, most women can manage their fibroids with relatively little discomfort. Also, the odds of fibroids developing into cancer are extremely rare. Women have less than a 1 in 1,000 likelihood of developing cancer from a fibroid. Most minor fibroid pain will resolve itself within the cycle and minor fibroid pain can be controlled with an NSAID like Ibuprofen.

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