The Best Diet for Fibroids


“The Best Diet for Fibroids” Fibroids are the most common
benign tumors in women. They get up to a foot in diameter and affect the majority of women
before they hit menopause. They tend to be
asymptomatic, though, but when symptoms do occur, they tend to manifest as
heavy menstrual bleeding— so much so women may get
anemic and lots of pain. So what can women do? Up to half go to surgery and
get their entire uterus removed. Although it’s generally
considered a safe operation, obviously, you can’t
have kids any more, and complications occur in a
significant proportion of patients. The alternative is a variety
of hormone-modulating drugs, which can shrink the
fibroids and provide relief, but many of these drugs have significant side effects
like bone loss. So you really don’t
want to be taking them for more than a few months. And so bottom line, there is
currently no evidence to support the routine use of drug treatment
in women for fibroids. No wonder many women turn to
complementary and alternative treatments, such as exercise,
diet, herbs, and acupuncture. Women who exercise
7 or more hours a week do seem to have lower
risk of having fibroids than women who exercise less
than like 20 minutes a day. But it’s never been put to
the test for treating fibroids. And likewise, there’s not a single
randomized controlled trial of acupuncture for the treatment
of fibroids to date, to help guide us. In terms of herbs, there are
two Asian herbal preparations that show promise, a five-herb
combo called Guizhi Fuling, and a Malaysian ten-herb formula,
which contains secret ingredients, so secret they just list them, but seemed to work as
well as a leading drug. The problem is that traditional
Asian herbal remedies may contain a few extra
bonus secret ingredients like arsenic, mercury, and lead
in most of the samples tested off of Asian market and
health food store shelves And not just a little; some, apparently, had
really toxic amounts. So yeah, these two Asian herbal
preparations may reduce fibroid size, but there remains insufficient
evidence as to their safety. And certainly don’t try to
apply caustic herbs internally, as this can lead to scarring,
stenosis, and ulceration. OK, but what about diet? In one of the largest
studies of diet and fibroids, fibroid tumors were associated
with beef and ham consumption, whereas high intakes
of green vegetables seemed to have
a protective effect. They figured that the association
between estrogen, diet, and breast and uterine lining cancers
might help us understand why. For breast and
endometrial cancers, there’s a similar
direct association with the frequency
of meat consumption, with a similar protection
conferred by vegetables and fruits. Thus, there may be
these shared risk factors between estrogen responsive
malignant tumors like breast cancer, and estrogen responsive
benign tumors like fibroids. See, we know the presence of
fibroids seems to correlate with an increase in the
amount of estrogens, for example, flowing
through your body, and women eating vegetarian
have significantly lower levels of
excess estrogen. Now, they’re using this to try to
explain why there are lower rates of endometrial cancer (meaning
lining-of-the-uterus cancer), and possibly breast cancer
among those eating vegetarian. But it could also help
explain the fibroid findings. The incidence of breast cancer
among vegetarian Adventists is only 60 to 80% that of
American women in general, and the incidence among women
in Africa or Asia is even lower. Why might women
eating vegetarian have lower estrogen levels? This famous study in the
New England Journal concluded that it was their
increased fecal output that leads to increased
excretion of estrogen, resulting in lower blood levels.
Double the output, in fact. You can see all the
heavy weight V’s compared to the
welterweight omnivores. And you can put it to the test. Maybe the same reason
African-American women have more fibroids is
the same reason they have worse breast cancer survival:
too much estrogen in their bloodstream due
to a less than optimal diet. So researchers designed
this study to see what would happen
if they were switched to a more plant-based,
higher fiber diet. The women started out with
much higher estrogen levels, again helping to explain their increased mortality
from breast cancer. But put people on a healthier diet
and all their levels come down, suggesting a substantial
reduction in breast cancer risk can be achieved
by adopting a diet centered around more
whole plant foods. And the same appears
to be true for fibroids, especially eating lots of
cruciferous vegetables— broccoli, cabbage,
and Chinese cabbage— as well as tomatoes
and apples. Women who underwent
premature puberty, starting their periods before
age 11, may be also at increased risk of
fibroids later in life, and we know higher
childhood red meat intake is associated with earlier
age of starting one’s period, though total and animal protein
in general may contribute. For example, girls who eat
meat tend to start their periods about 6 months earlier than
girls who eat vegetarian. Those that eat meat analogues, meaning like veggie burgers
veggie dogs, started their periods
9 months later on average, and a similar puberty
normalizing influence was found with the consumption of
whole plants foods, such as beans. It could also be the
endocrine-disrupting pollutants that build up the food chain. Researchers took samples
of internal abdominal fat from women, and there
appeared to be a correlation between the presence
of fibroids with the levels of a number
of PCBs in their fat. So does that mean fish eaters
have higher risk of fibroids? Researchers did find a small
increase in risk associated with the intake of long-chain
omega-3 fats, mostly from dark fish consumption, by which they meant like
sardines and salmon. This could be because of the
endocrine-disrupting chemicals commonly found in fish, or it
could just be a statistical fluke. It would be consistent, though, with the increased risk
among sport fish consumers. They’re talking about this study. Recognizing that diet and
endocrine disrupting persistent organic pollutants
have been associated with a variety of gynecologic
conditions, including fibroids, they looked at consumers of fish
fished out of the Great Lakes and found a 20%
increased risk for every 10 years they
had been eating the fish. This is the most
comprehensive study to date. They’ve compared
pollutant levels in fat samples of
women with fibroids, compared to fat liposuctioned
out of women without fibroids, and didn’t just find higher levels
of PCBs in fibroid sufferers, but also long-banned
pesticides like DDT and hexachlorocyclohexane, and PAHs, polycyclic aromatic
hydrocarbons formed when coal is burned, tobacco
is smoked, and meat is grilled, as well as heavy metals—arsenic,
cadmium, lead, and mercury— levels which correlated
not only to fibroids, but to seafood consumption
or excess body fat. So shedding excess weight and
limiting seafood consumption might confer a protective effect
on fibroid tumor development by minimizing exposure to environmental pollutants
as much as possible.

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Reader Comments

  1. Jen Doe

    My mother had fibroids the size of grapefruits and she had to have a hysterectomy. This is fantastic – thank you so very much for this video!! No one talks about this massive problem. I’m on the vegetables so I’m hoping I’ll be okay. Many thanks Dr. Greger and team! 🙏🌱🌱

  2. Doug bananaboy

    Bacon eggs cheese breakfast followed by chicken for lunch and salmon for dinner and cancer walkathon on weekends that serve meat and sugar and dairy foods at events

  3. Eelke Aptroot

    Yeah, think I've met a person in the past who suffered from this, you just explained why in her case it was extra bad, cause her way of dealing with PMS was cramming in nothing but pork chops….

  4. Linda Bohannon

    Thank you so much- finally someone is addressing this estrogen factors- and glad i did my research since a fibroid was removed in February- I've lost 27lbs- refused to have more surgery (hysterectomy) and now menopause finally helping- Still progressing but feel on the right track

  5. Jan Slovioček

    Okay, since I discovered this channel I've been binge watching the videos like it's the next season of the Game of Thrones. Great stuff! Quick question though. My mom has very unpleasant heat flashes. Any particular study dealing with this?

  6. m0L3ify

    It's amazing to me now that I used to work in labs that studied cancer, precocious puberty and ovarian disorders, but diet was never discussed in any of those labs. It's not considered by the biological sciences in general. Nutrition was not on the course list when I was getting my Biology degree. Kudos to the labs in the video for trying.

  7. S O N J A

    I have a family history of fibroid tumor sufferers, many of whom have had full hysterectomies. I was diagnosed several yrs ago. I was having horrible periods, lots of clots, lots of pain & heavy bleeding between periods too. Asked 2 doctors if changing my diet would help, they both said no… Birth control, wait & see, then eventually surgery was what they prescribed.

    I did months of research, and then started changing my diet. The more plant based I went, the less pain & bleeding. The less meat & dairy, the better it got. Eventually it got to the point where my periods were shorter than ever, I barely noticed they were there, no pain meds, no bleeding between periods. It's been awesome.

    The doctors say "what ever you're doing, keep it up," but they don't care to know what that is.

  8. Sarah

    As a vegan I've still had terrible menstrual pain and heavy bleeding. But when I changed my diet to a low fat, low processed, high raw diet my pain is like incredibly better- by at least 90%. I've gone from having a day or two moaning in pain in bed to being just slightly uncomfortable and able to even do light exercise. Lots of fresh fruit and greens for the win!

  9. Dysprosium

    Thanks for putting forward the research. So many OBGYN really have no clue on diet/lifestyle effects on things like fibroids. It's nice to get a coles notes overview of all the research that is out there so we can make informed choices in our lives for our health. Thanks for doing these educational videos. Truly appreciated.

  10. LA

    Thanks  Dr.Mc G! I have been waiting to catch you online to ask you questions about fibroids. I love what you do and trust and assure your GrandMa is looking down and smiling at you  :; ) YOU ROCK!!!

  11. Eliza DoLot

    You have the best smile I’ve ever seen! Your smile is a great antidepressant- makes me feel happy just looking at the light and joy in your face. ❤️❤️❤️

  12. Scott K

    Random place to ask this question, but I figure asking on the most recent video improves my odds of getting a response 🙂

    Is sushi unhealthy? I understand that there are risks involved (parasites and what not), but what I'm trying to figure out is whether or not sushi is unhealthy for the same reasons that cooked meat is. Or whether raw eggs (salmonella aside) are unhealthy for the same reasons that cooked eggs are. Or whether raw milk is unhealthy in the same way that pasteurized milk (boiled milk) is.

    In other words, could it be the cooking process that causes all, or even most of the negative health effects of meat (and/or dairy)? It seems possible, only because that's what animals (including early humans for millions of years) evolved to eat, and as far as I know, animals aren't dying left and right of heart disease, cancer, or alzheimers.

    Also, given the number of problems involved in the cooking process (the charring of meat, the release/creation of toxins, the use of cooking oils and fats, the degredation/depletion of nutrients) it seems at least plausible that the cooking process itself might be the culprit for many of the health problems that result from eating meat

    Have there been any studies or research on raw meat and its effects on the body?

    Cheers!

  13. Johanna Woodbury

    My fibroids on my uterus were on the outside, and they were just getting so big and one of the ovaries was blocked visually by ultrasound so in the end I had a hysterectomy. I did however keep my cervix and ovaries. I was more vegetarian in my whole life then not, so it's a little odd that some of the statistics about pollutants and things are some of the things that can lead to getting fibroids. I I think it could be familial problem. When I tried acupuncture before the hysterectomy my friend who is the acupuncturist said she could only manage helping to shrink the fibroids if they were only about the size of a walnut, but mine were already bigger than that. And even if you do shrink them, they most likely come back.

  14. Willie Mala

    For 10 years I suffered from fibroids and endometriosis. Conditions that cause infertility. There would be days that I could not get out of bed because the pain was so intense. Pain medications stopped working. I could not leave the house for up to a week because the bleeding was so heavy. I lost so much blood during my period I was severely anemic and was often weak and dizzy. The pain also persisted after my period ended. I still had cramps and back pain.

    I set out in search of a better quality of life. I achieved great results with a change to a plant based diet but still experienced the majority of these symptoms. Dramatic results came when I discovered this tonic. I no longer suffer from cramps, flare ups, heavy bleeding, anemia, long periods, irregular periods or short cycles. It has drastically improved my quality of life. I have since helped clients to address a variety of uterine issues such as shrinking fibroids and ovarian cysts, halting the spread of and controlling the symptoms of endometriosis. I have also helped clients diagnosed as infertile to successfully conceive.

    The name of the tonic is Womb Health. The main ingredients are sorrel, okra leaves and nettle. This tonic works to reduce inflammation, alkalize the body and balance hormones. Most uterine conditions are caused or are aggravated by estrogen dominance or a hormonal imbalance and inflammation. Once these factors are addressed then healing can begin.
    For more information and to purchase this tonic visit www.womb-health.com

  15. Antonio Srbinovski

    I've been researching treating fibroids naturally and discovered a great website at Kadyn Home Remedy (google it if you are interested)

  16. kelby47 nana

    I went to boarding school in Africa and when we ate meat, it was the size of a grape. Yup, very tiny piece. Same for fish and milk was 50% soy and 50% powdered cow's milk, egg was twice a month. We ate plenty of rice, beans, potatoes, okra soup, peanut soup with greens in it, pineapple etc and most girls started menstruating between the ages of 13 and 15 and were all very lean. But in USA, many start between 9-11. What a difference.

  17. BreaLinn

    Thanks for this video! Reading the comments are very encouraging. I was diagnosed with two very small fibroids in my uterus earlier this year. My dr discussed Lupron injections, a myomectomy, IUD/other birth controls or just wait&watch. Just the year before that, my Endocrinologist did hormone testing and a full set of other labs to find out that my testosterone level was very high. My symptoms were&still are, TONS of hair loss, hirsutism, abdominal pain, pressure, fullness, and lower back pain. Not to mention With my hormones being out of whack, my mood&emotional health have been difficult to manage. She didn’t want to treat it so of course I had to ask. She wanted to put me on a medication called Spironolactone and a birth control pill. I did this for about a month. This BCP made me itch. I always have issues whenever I take birth control. So I probably will never take it again.After doing TONS of research, the birth control pill and the other medication we’re just masking the root of the problem. I am in The process of changing my diet. And I’m also taking a lot of vitamins. Multivitamin, fish oil, vitamin d, saw palmetto, milk thistle, and st.johns wort. I just recently joined a gym and will be implementing exercise in my life now. Hopefully this will all work

  18. Rimanio Suvalio

    Not certain about the points made but ,if anyone else wants to learn about
    how to shrink fibroids naturally while pregnant
    try Mackorny Healthy Uterine Blueprint ( search on google ) ? Ive heard some interesting things about it and my neighbor got great results with it.

  19. James David

    Greetings from Melbourne! My wife Lauren has been suffering with fibroids for many years now and we literally tried everything but nothing seemed to help.The pain she used to experience would keep her up all night. It was debilitating. She had to take time off from work on many occasions. I didn't know what to do to help and felt completely helpless. Every doctor we went to only had pain meds to offer. My wife had been taking meds to alleviate the pain for a while now and had developed a tolerance to them. The doctors said that she would require an increased dose of the meds for them to have any measurable effect.The last thing we wanted was for her to become dependent on those darn drugs. I spent countless hours online researching natural ways to treat fibroids but found how sarah was cure through Dr davismartin helped her cure fibroid. I contacted him and he was so amazing with encouragements and finally sent me a very effective medicine that changed my life for good. It has been 1 years now and i am very fine and healthy. You too can reach him too on [email protected]

  20. Adam joan

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  21. Fata L

    Thank you for this wonderful research summary. I just want to concur by saying that I have experienced better health as a result of dietary changes.
    My fibroids shrunk after cutting out all processed sugars and animal products. (Occasional fish and dark chocolate, but now I will cut out all fish as well.)
    My periods are back to being light again and my breasts are no longer tender. Doctors are impressed too.

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