There are many ways to treat fibroids including using natural methods. Following a diet for fibroids is an important step for natural fibroid treatment because there are many foods that contain nutrients that can help to heal the body of various diseases and conditions including fibroids. A diet for fibroids is also a great way to prevent the development of these fibroid tumors in the first place. With this in mind, it can sometimes be difficult to obtain all the nutrients you need from food so supplements help to fill in the gap. The following are the best supplements for fibroids that you may want to consider incorporating into your life if you are interested in natural methods of treatment.
When looking for the best supplements for fibroids, you want to ensure that they contain the following vitamins and minerals that can help to heal fibroids and promote general health and well-being in the reproductive system as well as the entire body. These vitamins and minerals include;
- Vitamin A
One of the symptoms of uterine fibroids is heavy bleeding which is a common reason that hysterectomies may be recommended by your doctor. Before undergoing this drastic procedure, consider vitamin A and if you cannot get adequate amounts of vitamin A from food, a good supplement that contains this vital vitamin can help. This vitamin helps with the healthy production of red blood cells in addition to its many other benefits for the body.
There are animal and plant sources of vitamin A. If you take too much of vitamin A from animal sources (fish liver being one of the sources) it can be toxic. Plant sources of vitamin A on the other hand are not toxic in large doses because this type of vitamin A is water soluble and excess amounts can be easily eliminated by the body.
- Vitamin B complex
One of the reasons for the development of uterine fibroids is excessive amounts of estrogen in the body. Vitamin B complex is very important for general health and well-being and one of its functions for women with fibroids is that it prevents a state of estrogen dominance by helping to balance hormone levels and helping the body get rid of excessive estrogen.
B vitamins can also help with other female issues such as cramps and menstrual pain, fatigue, fluid retention, etc.
- Vitamin C
This is another vitamin that can help reduce heavy menstrual bleeding as well as menstrual cramps and pain. It also helps with the removal of waste matter from the uterus to ensure that the waste products that can cause problems in the pelvic region are properly removed. It also helps to boost the immune system which helps it better fight off various diseases and conditions including fibroids.
Another important characteristic of vitamin C is that it can help relieve stress which can be a factor in the development of uterine fibroids as well as the worsening of uterine fibroids symptoms. When you feel stressed, simply reach for an orange.
- Bioflavonoids (vitamin P)
This vitamin also helps to treat heavy menstrual bleeding and for the promotion of hormone balance. Bioflavonoids prevent a state of estrogen dominance because they are usually contained in plants that have weak estrogenic properties (phytoestrogens). These phyto (plant) estrogens help to compete for estrogen precursors produced by the body and since these are weaker types of estrogen than the estrogen produced by the body or chemical estrogens, estrogen levels in the body will be lowered and thus prevent a state of estrogen dominance.
These weak estrogenic properties of bioflavonoids also help to relieve a myriad of symptoms such as hot flushes, mood swings and night sweats in menopausal women who no longer produce any or enough natural estrogen.
- Vitamin E
This essential vitamin can help to relieve symptoms that are caused by excessive amounts of estrogen in the body such as PMS, breast tenderness as well as fibrocystic breast disease. It can also help to relive menstrual pain and cramps.
It is also another vitamin that is beneficial for menopausal women and can help relieve mood swings, night sweats, hot flashes, etc, making it a vital nutrient for women.
Calcium helps to promote normal muscle tone and is a vital mineral. By promoting normal muscle tone, it can help to relieve menstrual pain and cramps which can be common with fibroids. The uterus is a muscle so you need calcium to help maintain muscle tone.
As mentioned previously, heavy bleeding is a common symptom of uterine fibroids and heavy blood loss can lead to a state of anemia which can even prove fatal in very severe cases. Iron is an essential component of red blood cells as it combines with copper and protein to produce hemoglobin which is the pigment of red blood cells.
The best sources of iron are animal derived sources such as liver which are better absorbed by the body but iron is also present in various plants such as beans, peas, molasses, various seeds and nuts as well as fruits and vegetables.
Magnesium is another mineral that can help to reduce menstrual cramps. A magnesium deficiency can make menstrual pain that is due to fibroids much worse. When you take calcium, also taking magnesium can help with the absorption of the former which helps your body use calcium better. Magnesium also helps to promote healthy bone tissue like calcium.
Like magnesium and calcium, potassium can also help relieve menstrual cramps as it helps to regulate muscle contraction. If you are a woman that suffers from a potassium deficiency, in addition to worsening menstrual cramps, you may have issues with leg cramps, premenstrual uterine cramping, fatigue, PMS related bloating, weakness, irregular heartbeats, etc.
Potassium while beneficial, should be avoided by women with cardiovascular or kidney disease because it can cause irregular heartbeats in these women when taken in high doses. Potassium should also be taken along with a meal because it can irritate the intestinal tract.
Other supplement usage tips
Before you take any supplements, do talk to your doctor to ensure that it is okay for you to use supplements as well as the type of supplements for fibroids you are planning to take.
Another point to remember with supplements is that they should be taken in conjunction with a healthy diet. It is not enough especially if you are struggling with fibroids to continue with a poor diet and hope that supplements will make up the difference. You should definitely consider a diet for fibroids.
Another point to remember is that too often with supplements, you get what you pay for. Cheap multivitamins are usually a waste of money. The cheaper the multi-vitamin, the less effective it shall be. A good multi-vitamin supplement is manufactured by reputable companies and contains the right combinations at the right dose levels. They are not usually cheap because part of the money spent on them goes back into the company’s research and development to ensure that you get your money’s worth.
Unless stated otherwise, it is best to take supplements with food.
Besides the cheap supplements, other supplements to avoid include time-release supplements, one-a-day supplements and do read the labels to ensure that the nutrients are derived from concentrated sources of actual food.
Many other tips to look for in good supplements for fibroids and how to use them are included in a section of the bestselling Fibroids Miracle guide that you can read more about here. Discover why thousands of women are grateful that this holistic guide exists and that they no longer have to turn to surgery.