This article was published in Heal Thy Life Magazine
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Fibroids are considered to be benign (noncancerous) tumors that form from the muscle tissue of the uterine wall. While it is noted that many women (about 80% according to the National Uterine Fibroid Foundation) may have fibroids, most women experience no symptoms. And by the age of 35, 60% of Black women experience this condition only to increase to 80% by the age of 50 according to Mayo Clinic. But those who do, the most severe symptoms include uterine bleeding and pelvic pressure. Other symptoms involve: abdominal discomfort, bloating, painful cycles, painful intercourse, backache, anemia, constipation and more. Depending on the size of the tumors they can cause miscarriage or result in pre-mature labor.
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So, how can we prevent the formation of such horrendous tumors? Well, the first response would be to practice How to Eat to Live and what does that truly mean? Let’s look at avoiding certain foods and how eating the proper foods can lead to prevention. One should avoid excessive animal fat and trans fats for research shows that both accentuate the production of estrogen in the body which feeds tumors (fibroids) and causes them to increase in size. Research shows that women who eat red meat and processed meats have a greater risk of developing fibroids as a result. Hopefully this lays emphasis on why the Honorable Elijah Muhammad teaches us that no red meat is good for us.
Fried foods also contribute to an increase in estrogen production and DNA destruction in the body. Of course avoiding smoking and drinking is a MUST as taught by the Honorable Elijah Muhammad. While drinking damages the liver, it predisposes it to produce more inflammatory hormones that cause heavy menstruation, menstrual pain and cramping. Smoking produces an excess of free radicals that not only damage DNA but depresses our immune system as well, making it easier for abnormal cells to grow.
What foods should we eat to remedy such a condition? Of the foods prescribed for us in How to Eat to Live, pure whole wheat prepared properly would serve as great fiber content that would help detoxify environmental toxic buildup in our bodies, which includes xenoestrogens (foreign estrogens that we are exposed to through our environment from pesticides, herbicides, plastics…). It also helps the liver to reduce chances of producing other hormones that contribute to uterine bleeding.
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Vegetables and fruits will provide anti-oxidants and phytochemicals, which aid in building up the immune system , fights against abnormal cell growth and prevents damage from free-radical cell attack. Beans (navy, red, black, lentils) provide the “good” phytoestrogens (plant estrogens) and compete/reduce the “bad” estrogens from proliferating, thus playing a key role in reducing uterine muscle contraction (cramping).
Of course getting a good quality Omega 3 fish into the diet such as salmon is beneficial, however, when the body is in a compromised state, supplementing with omega 3 fatty acids as well will go far in upregulating liver function again to prevent overproduction of hormones that contribute to unwanted uterine muscle contraction. In addition, supplementing with a good vitamin D source would also inhibit growth of fibroid tumors for it has been discovered that a vitamin D deficiency contributes to growth of fibroid tumors.
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While many conventional methods of treatment are available such as hysterectomies, oral birth control pills, hormone treatments, NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), alternative methods are also possible. Studies have been conducted to demonstrate the inhibitory effect of curcumin (an ingredient found in turmeric) on the proliferation of the abnormal cells of the fibroids. Herbs that provide “good” phytoestrogen effects include Chaste berry tree, Green tea and Red clover. Evening Primrose Oil on the other hand has been known to help regulate hormone production and possibly even shrink fibroids. And Burdock root is known for reducing growth of fibroids due to its high amounts of a substance called arctigenin, which is a natural tumor inhibitor.
Understand that when it comes to our health that we have choices. The most important choice we can make is what type of lifestyle we want to live. Is it one of death or one of life? Choose wisely.
*Please consult with a medical doctor/specialist before applying alternative therapies.