Adhering to a plant based diet may prevent the development of uterine fibroids. Studies show that women who reported a high dietary intake of beef and ham has a higher incidence of uterine fibroids (Chiaffarino, et al., 1999)., A person that consumes a diet that is high in green vegetables results in a lower incidence of uterine fibroids.
The protective nature of a diet that is high in green vegetables is due to the presence of isoflavonoids which are mildly estrogenic and may compete with other endogenous estrogens (Chiaffarino, et al., 1999).
Following a plant based diet may lower the risk of developing uterine fibroids. According to Pizzorno & Murray (2012), vegetarian women who eat a high fiber, low fat diet have lower blood estrogen levels than their omnivorous counterparts with low fiber diets. Due to the stimulating effect of estrogen on uterine fibroid growth it would be beneficial to adopt a diet hat was higher in dietary fiber and the consumption of green vegetables.
As I’ve said in a previous post adding more vegetables to the diet may seem intimidating but it’s not. Simply choose a favorite meal and swap out the meat for a veggie substitute.
For example, I love sloppy joes but I don’t love meat and it doesn’t love me either. So I’ve found an alternative to suit my sloppy joe love without the meat, dairy or eggs. This recipe is from the minimalist baker.
For further reading . . .
Chiaffarino, F., Parazzini, F., La Vecchia, C., Liliane, C., Di Cinito, E., & Marsico, S. (1999). Diet and Uterine Myomas. Obstetrics & Gynecology, 395-398.
Pizzorno, J. E., & Murray, M. T. (2012). Textbook of natural medicine. Paradise Valley: Elsevier Churchill Livingstone.