Fibroids are benign tumors that occasionally develop in your uterus. These growths occur more frequently in black women. Symptoms of fibroids include pelvic pain or pressure, heavy menstrual bleeding and frequent urination. Adjusting your diet to include certain foods can help reduce your chance of developing fibroids.
Consuming a diet low in fast-digesting carbohydrates and high in protein might be effective for avoiding fibroids, reports women's health expert Dr. Christiane Northup. High glycemic, or fast-digesting carbs cause insulin to rise, which creates compounds that produce fibroid growth and associated inflammation. Therefore, Northup recommends consuming healthy high protein foods such as tuna and salmon with olive oil or avocado oil while avoiding white rice, white bread, bagels and pastries.
Increasing your intake of dairy products might decrease your chances of fibroid growth, especially among black females, according to a study in a 2010 issue of "American Journal of Epidemiology." The 10-year study found that participants with high dairy intake of four or more servings daily reduced their fibroid risk by 30 percent. Increase dairy products such as yogurt, cheese and milk in your regular diet to help reduce your chances of developing fibroids.
High fiber diets might decrease your body's exposure to estrogen, a female hormone associated with fibroid growth, according to the book “100 Questions and Answers About Uterine Fibroids,” by Dr. Lloyd Greig. Fiber helps move and absorb estrogen out of your body. Examples of fiber-rich foods include black beans, kidney beans, pinto beans, apples, oranges, blueberries, raspberries, blueberries, cucumbers, Brussels sprouts and onions. Whole grains, nuts and seeds also contain substantial amounts of fiber.
Phytoestrogens are weak estrogens derived from plant sources. They might help shrink fibroids and decrease your body's natural estrogen supply, notes the health publication “100 Questions and Answers About Uterine Fibroids." Phytoestrogens reduce estrogen in your body by connecting itself to the body's estrogen receptors. High phytoestrogen foods include pinto beans, black beans, alfalfa and soybeans.
- American Journal of Epidemiology: A Prospective Study of Dairy Intake and Risk of Uterine Leiomyomata
- Dr. Northrup.com: Fibroid Information and Treatment Options
- 100 Questions and Answers About Uterine Fibroids; Dr. Lloyd Greig
- What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Fibroids; Dr. Scott Goodwin et al; 2003