Foods to Avoid With Fibroid Tumors

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Increased estrogen levels help increase the growth of fibroid tumors. A low-estrogen diet should be followed to decrease the size of fibroid tumors and relieve symptoms. Symptoms of fibroid tumors include bloating, abnormal bleeding and cramps.

A woman holds her stomach in pain.
A woman holds her stomach in pain. (Image: Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

Foods to Avoid

Avoid estrogen-increasing foods such as cheese and milk, as well as grains (barley, oats, brown rice and wheat germ) and beans (black-eyed peas, mung bean sprouts, Navy beans, red beans and split peas).

A wedge of cheese on a cutting board.
A wedge of cheese on a cutting board. (Image: Creatas Images/Creatas/Getty Images)

Estrogen-Increasing Foods

Fruits to avoid: apples, cherries, pears, plums, tomatoes and prunes. Vegetables to avoid: celery, alfalfa sprouts, beets, cok choy, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, cucumbers, mushrooms, Brussels sprouts, seaweed and squash.

A basket of red cherries.
A basket of red cherries. (Image: Photos.com/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Safe Estrogen Foods

Foods rich in bioflavonoids, a natural and low-potency estrogen, can be eaten. They include soybeans, soy milk, tofu, black beans, pinto beans, kidney beans, lima beans and lentils.

A carton of organic soy milk.
A carton of organic soy milk. (Image: Jupiterimages/Creatas/Getty Images)

Warning

Consuming meat products can worsen abdominal pain, bleeding and increase other fibroid symptoms. Meats such as beef, pork and lamb should be avoided as their consumption can trigger muscle contraction and constriction of blood vessels.

A burger with french fries.
A burger with french fries. (Image: Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Coffee

Coffee and decaffeinated coffee are strong in phytoestrogen, a natural estrogen, and should be avoided.

A cup of black coffee.
A cup of black coffee. (Image: Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

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