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A 35-year-old female asked:

Doctors, may you give me names of fibroids anti-tumour foods or foods that can help shrink tumors?and why is estrogen high on monthly periods?thanks

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
One question at a : Time. Fibroids are benign tumors, usually in the uterus, of smooth muscle origin, name = leiomyoma. There are no know foods that can shrink tumors. A balanced diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, low in fats, abstaining from tobacco and no more than one drink/day may help in preventing tumors. Estrogen and Progesterone go up and down during a menstrual cycle, why do women have menstrual cycles?
Dr. John Lipman
Radiology 36 years experience
Fruit & Veggies: Colorful fruit and veggies are rich in flavonoids which block an important enzyme in estrogen biosynthesis. Even if youre a strict vegan its hard to avoid the hormones in the food supply. Trying to be as close to your ideal weight (cut excess body fat), exercise, and eat healthy (fruits & veggies, limit meat/dairy) will help your fibroid situation alot (and will improve your overall health too !
Dr. Jane Van Dis
Obstetrics and Gynecology 18 years experience
Sadly, no studies have found that certain foods help to shrink fibroids. While a healthy diet and regular exercise are great for overall health, again there is no data to show that diet or exercise affects fibroid growth.
Jul 11, 2013

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