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Fibrocystic Breast Changes
Dietary management of fibrocystic breast changes includes increased consumption of vitamin E, iodine, magnesium, and vitamin B6. In addition, essential fatty acids, especially omega-3 fatty acids such as those found in flaxseed oil, are important in pain management and mineral metabolism associated with fibrocystic breast changes.

We believe that it's possible to manage and/or improve certain conditions through what you eat. When we create "Mega-Recipes" for an ailment, we strive to include the maximum number of the nutrients that are shown to have benefit for that ailment. We also expect the Mega-Recipe to contain at least 25% of recommended intakes for those nutrients. See the list of recipes that have met our criteria for this ailment.

What You Should Eat & Why

Some studies suggest that iodine may protect against fibrocystic breast changes because of iodine's anti-inflammatory and antifibrotic properties.
Leading Food Sources of iodine: Salmon, Tuna, Seaweed

Magnesium may be useful in reducing pain and inflammation.
Leading Food Sources of magnesium: Spinach, Avocados, Almonds, Barley, Quinoa, Buckwheat, Sunflower seeds, Chocolate, Pumpkin seeds, Oysters, Brazil nuts, Amaranth

omega-3 fatty acids
Essential fatty acids often act as anti-inflammatory compounds and help the body to absorb iodine; low levels of iodine have been associated with fibrocystic breast changes.
Leading Food Sources of omega-3 fatty acids: Salmon, Tuna, Trout

vitamin B6
Some women find that consuming vitamin B6 eases PMS symptoms. This is particularly true for women who suffer from severe breast pain--fibrocystic breasts, specifically--around the time that PMS symptom occur. The nutrient appears to help by assisting the liver in its effort to wash excess estrogen from the body.
Leading Food Sources of vitamin B6: Sweet potatoes, Avocados, Bananas, Rice, brown, Tuna, Chick-peas, Salmon, Pork, fresh, Potatoes, Turkey, Chicken, Bok choy, Barley, Sunflower seeds, Mangoes

vitamin E
Many women report relief from breast pain after ingesting vitamin E. Though the exact reason is unknown, scientists believe that vitamin E blocks changes in breast tissue caused by substances such as caffeine; many experts think caffeine stimulates the growth of lumps of fluid-filled cysts.
Leading Food Sources of vitamin E: Broccoli, Almonds, Brazil nuts, Sunflower seeds, Peanuts, Mangoes, Avocados

Date Published: 05/03/2005
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