Your breasts consist of fatty tissue and mammary glands. The areola is the dark area of your breasts that surround your nipple. Your breasts begin growing during puberty and continue into adulthood. It is normal for breasts to vary in size, shape and color. A woman’s breasts may be large, small, smooth, lumpy, dark, light or even asymmetrical. Hormones, genetics, nutrition and pregnancy can alter the size of your breasts. A variety of vitamins can protect your breasts from damage and increase your breast size.
Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin that improves immune system function and protects your breasts from damaging free radicals that can delay breast growth, according to Deborah Mitchell and Lynn Sonberg, authors of the book “Breast Health the Natural Way: The Women's Natural Health Series.” Mitchell and Sonberg report that vitamin A also repairs damaged tissues, increases collagen production, supports growth and development and aids in the healing process. The recommended daily dosage for vitamin A is 900 micrograms for men and 700 micrograms for women. Foods rich in vitamin A include carrots, sweet potatoes, milk, cheddar cheese, egg substitute, pumpkin, spinach, collard greens, turnip greens, kale, broccoli, cantaloupe, apricots and tomatoes.
Vitamin C is a water-soluble antioxidant that strengthens your immune system and protects your breasts against harmful free radicals that can interfere with breast growth, according to Judith Brow, author of the book, “Every Woman's Guide to Nutrition.” Brown explains that vitamin C also aids in production of collagen, repairs damaged tissue, accelerates the healing process, balances hormone levels, hydrates breast tissues, reinforces connective breast tissue and lowers your risk of developing breast cancer. The recommended daily dosage for vitamin C is 1,000 milligrams for adults. Foods rich in vitamin C include strawberries, oranges, pineapples, kiwi, cranberries, broccoli, grapefruits, Brussels sprouts, tomatoes and spinach.
Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that aids in genetic coding, improves muscle tone, aids in calcium absorption, repairs damaged tissues, encourages breast growth and lowers your risk of breast cancer, notes Michael Zimmermann, author of the book “Burgerstein's Handbook of Nutrition: Micronutrients in the Prevention and Therapy of Disease.” The recommended daily dosage for vitamin D is 15 micrograms for adults. Foods rich in vitamin D include salmon, tuna, milk, eggs, Swiss cheese, yogurt and ready-to-eat cereals.
Vitamin E is a fat-soluble antioxidant that boosts immune system function and protects your breasts from cellular damage, according to Steve Blake, author of the book “Vitamins and Minerals Demystified.” Blake explains that vitamin E also supports muscle health, decreases inflammation in your body, promotes breast development, heals damaged tissues, strengthens blood vessels and carries nutrients to your breast tissues. The recommended daily dosage for vitamin E is 15 milligrams for adults. Foods rich in vitamin E include sunflower seeds, spinach, tomatoes, broccoli, soybeans, corn oil, hazelnuts, peanut butter and almonds.
- “Burgerstein's Handbook of Nutrition: Micronutrients in the Prevention and Therapy of Disease”; Michael Zimmermann; 2001
- “Breast Health the Natural Way: The Women's Natural Health Series”; Deborah Mitchell and Lynn Sonberg; 2001
- “Every Woman's Guide to Nutrition”; Judith E. Brown; 1990
- “The Big Book of Breasts”; Dian Hanson; 2006
- “Vitamins and Minerals Demystified”; Steve Blake; 2007