The presence of cysts in the breasts is very common, especially in women over 40 years old. Many nodules and cysts that appear in the breasts are benign, but it´s impossible to tell the difference without consulting your physician.
If you have been diagnosed with non-cancerous nodules or cysts, a healthy and balanced diet can help prevent the annoying symptoms these lumps can cause: hardness, pain and soreness.
Avoid saturated fat and large quantities of carbohydrates
Fibrous cysts in the breasts have been linked to the consumption of carbohydrates to excess, saturated fats and low fiber intake. Some studies also suggest that women who have just three bowel movements per week or less are more likely to develop cysts in the breast.
It is therefore important to increase the quantity of fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet, and reduce the amount of bread, rice, potatoes and pasta you eat, because they contain large quantities of carbohydrates. Cold meats and red meat in general should also be avoided, as they are high in saturated fat. It has been found that women who eat less bad fat produce les estrogens and other hormones responsible for the formation of mammary cysts.
The consumption of xanthine can also predispose us to the formation of cysts in the breasts and may cause more inflammation in this sensitive area. Foods high in these xanthine include black tea, coffee, cola drinks and chocolate. If you have cysts in the breasts, at least reduce the amount of these foods in your diet, if it’s not possible to eliminate them altogether.
The role vitamins play in preventing cysts
Some studies also show that vitamin E and vitamin A, which have an antioxidant effect in the body, can help prevent the formation of cysts. That’s another reason to include large amounts of fresh fruit and vegetables in your diet.
Almonds, olive oil, hazelnuts, sunflower seeds and sesame seeds are all foods that contain lots of vitamin E. Carrots, spinach, melon and eggs are high in vitamin A.
If you like, you can add a multivitamin to your health regime, and receive these vitamins in pill form, though it’s always better for your body to receive vitamins from food sources.
Other foods that can help
Some studies indicate that the consumption of evening primrose oil and borage oil can help reduce breast sensitivity and the other irritating symptoms that cysts create. These oils are rich in omega-6 fatty acids, and act on the smooth muscle in the breast area, relieving cramps and pain.
Green tea extract is also a potent antioxidant. If you drink 200ml of green tea extract per day it helps prevent cyst formation in the breasts.
Take into account that prevention is always better than cure, so don’t forget to do your monthly breast self-examination (after menstruation is best), to catch any problems in your breasts early on. It’s important to note that if you come across any type of nodule or little lump, it doesn’t matter whether it’s causing discomfort or not, it’s best to go and see your doctor, who can examine you right away and put your mind at ease.