June 13, 2004
Fibroids & Endometriosis
Diet for Endometriosis and Fibroids
High estrogen levels can stimulate growth of endometrial
implants; lower levels can help limit their growth. You need a wide
range of nutrients to help balance your hormones and reduce your
estrogen levels, decrease cramping and inflammation, and generally
improve your physical and mental well-being. The foods listed below
will provide the necessary nutrients to produce these effects.
Foods that are beneficial
Whole grains are excellent sources of many
nutrients, including vitamin E and the B vitamins, which are critical
for balancing hormones and lowering estrogen levels; magnesium,
which helps ease menstrual cramps; calcium, which relaxes muscle
contraction; and potassium, which has a diuretic effect on body
tissues and helps reduce bloating. Fiber in whole grains absorbs
estrogen, helps remove it from the body, and normalizes bowel function.
Whole grains also eliminate dietary fat from the body and lower
Vegetables and legumes. Vitamin C in vegetables
facilitates the flow of nutrients into muscles, and helps transport
waste products out of the body. It also strengthens capillaries,
which helps reduce heavy menstrual bleeding. Beans and peas contain
fiber and are high in calcium, magnesium, and potassium. Soybeans
help regulate estrogen levels and are a rich source of natural plant
estrogens called bioflavonoids, which help reduce bleeding in premenopausal
women with fibroid tumors.
Fruits contain a wide range of nutrients
that benefit menstrual cramps, including vitamin C and bioflavonoids.
Seeds and nuts are wonderful sources of
essential fatty acids.
Meat, poultry, and fish. Avoid meat and
eat fish, which contains linolenic acid and is an excellent source
of minerals, especially iodine and potassium. Salmon, tuna, mackerel,
and trout are especially beneficial.
Oils that contain vitamin E are good because
vitamin E helps balance mood and ease fatigue and cramps that occur
at the onset of menstruation for women with fibroids or endometriosis.
Foods to Avoid
Saturated fats contain arachidonic acid
that stimulates production of muscle-producing prostaglandins that
increase pelvic pain and inflammation characteristic of endometriosis.
Dairy products such as yogurt, milk, cheese,
and cottage cheese are the main dietary source of arachidonic acid.
Too much salt increases bloating and fluid
Sugar depletes the body of B vitamins and
minerals. This can worsen muscle tension, irritability, and anxiety.
Alcohol stresses the liver and can affect its ability to
metabolize hormones efficiently.
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