As you may already know, estrogen plays a big role in the growth of fibroids – so much so, that when women enter menopause and stop producing estrogen, fibroids cease to be a problem. It is possible to reduce estrogen levels prior to menopause naturally with a few simple steps.
A note of caution: Before attempting to reduce your estrogen, please consult your doctor to have your estrogen levels checked. Even though excess estrogen can cause problems, healthy levels of the hormone are associated with good bone density, mood regulation, and fertility.
Once you know that you can safely reduce your estrogen levels, here are a few tips to help you do so:
1. Maintain a healthy weight. Excess fat cells store and release extra estrogen.
2. Exercise. This reduces stress and helps balance the various systems in the body.
3. Increase fiber in your diet. Fiber helps flush excess estrogen from your body.1
4. Drink green tea. The polyphenol EGCG is known to block estrogen receptors, reducing the amount of estrogen in the body. In one study, green tea extract reduced fibroid tumor size in mice. 2
5. Eat organically as much as possible. The chemicals in pesticides can act as chemical estrogens.
6. Eat “whole foods.” This includes fresh fruits and veggies, nuts, seeds, whole grains (particularly those containing anti-estrogenic lignins – flaxseed, rye, buckwheat, millet, oats, barley, corn, rice and wheat).
7. Reduce caffeinated coffee* and red meat. Both of these food items increase production of estrogen. * Coffee should be limited to one to two cups a day.3
8. Avoid genetically modified (GMO) foods and Bisphenol A (BPA). These are known endocrine disruptors that can cause a hormone imbalance. Look for “non-GMO” on food packaging. BPA is found in plastics (including those for bottled water) and the lining of food cans.
We hope these recommendations are helpful to you. Perhaps a few simple changes can curb the growth of your fibroids – and who knows – it may even make them smaller!
Further Fibroid Relief blog reading:
1 Day, Kimberly, “Fiber helps balance estrogen levels,” www.drlark.com.
2 Dong Zhang, Mohamed Al-Hendy, Gloria Richard-Davis, Valerie Montgomery-Rice, Chakradhari Sharan, Veera Rajaratnam, Anjali Khurana, Ayman Al-Hendy et al, “Green tea extract inhibits proliferation of uterine leiomyoma cells in vitro and in nude mice,” American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, March 2010.
3 “Uterine Fibroids and Endometriosis,” www.healthyhealing.com.