OVERVIEW

“Many women develop growths, known as ‘cysts’, in or on their ovaries. These cysts are fluid- (water) filled sacs (rather like a blister). In some women cysts are completely harmless, requiring little or no treatment. These cysts are ‘benign’, or noncancerous. Other cysts, however, can be cancerous, which is why a diagnosis is extremely important when ovarian cysts are suspected. Cysts can vary in size. They are normally small, which means that you may not even know you have one until a routine examination picks it up. However, some are large enough to cause menstrual irregularities or discomfort.

Some women develop cysts and experience no ovarian cyst symptoms whatsoever. Others notice changes in their monthly cycles that indicate potential problems. Still others experience pain and obvious symptoms, such as the following:  Irregular periods, pain (dull aching or cramping in the abdomen), pain during intercourse, breakthrough bleeding, and swelling in the abdomen.

There are two main types of ovarian cysts: functional and abnormal but no matter the kind of cysts you will need to get your hormones back into balance for support, and to stop them from happening again. Herbs and nutrition can help to do this. Furthermore, you will need to work on the health of your liver, to enhance the destruction of abnormal cell and ensure that any excess hormones are excreted. Overall, for either type of cyst, you will need to get yourself into optimum health, so that your body functions well.”……Dr. Marilyn Glenville.

Almonds

As part of a hormone-balancing diet, which is key to overcoming hormone-related problems such as ovarian cysts, be sure to keep up the “good fats.” Eat a portion of oil-rich foods such as almonds every day. They help to balance your hormones by encouraging your cells to respond to hormonal triggers more effectively.

Dr. Marilyn Glenville

Dr. Marilyn Glenville

Nutritionist

AUTHOR of The Natural Health Bible for Women

UK + Ireland

Brussels Sprouts

As part of my hormone-balancing diet that I suggest those with ovarian cysts to follow, make sure you eat at least five servings of fruit and vegetables a day – with emphasis on more vegetables than fruit. In particular, increase your intake of cruciferous vegetables such as brussel sprouts, they are high in indole-3-carbinols, which help to prevent your body absorbing toxic forms of oestrogen.

Dr. Marilyn Glenville

Dr. Marilyn Glenville

Nutritionist

AUTHOR of The Natural Health Bible for Women

UK + Ireland

Chia Seeds

As part of a hormone-balancing diet, which is key to overcoming hormone-related problems such as ovarian cysts, be sure to keep up the “good fats.” Eat a portion of oil-rich foods such as chia seeds every day. They help to balance your hormones by encouraging your cells to respond to hormonal triggers more effectively.

Dr. Marilyn Glenville

Dr. Marilyn Glenville

Nutritionist

AUTHOR of The Natural Health Bible for Women

UK + Ireland

Chickpeas

Chickpeas are a good source of phytoestrogens, which are plant oestrogen-like substances that can have a significant hormone-balancing effect on a woman’s body. I recommend consuming at least three helpings of phytoestrogens each day as part of a hormone-balancing diet for those with ovarian cysts. Phytoestrogens reduce the toxic oestrogens in your body and stimulate your liver to produce sex-hormone-binding globulin (SHBG), which controls how much oestrogen and testosterone circulates in your blood.

Dr. Marilyn Glenville

Dr. Marilyn Glenville

Nutritionist

AUTHOR of The Natural Health Bible for Women

UK + Ireland

Dark Leafy Greens

If you have ovarian cysts, it’s important that you make a real effort to boost your intake of antioxidants, which help clear free radicals from your body. Free radicals are unstable atoms that can cause abnormal cell growth, which in turn can lead to cell mutation and cancer. Dark leafy greens are a great source of antioxidants such as beta-carotene and vitamin C.

Dr. Marilyn Glenville

Dr. Marilyn Glenville

Nutritionist

AUTHOR of The Natural Health Bible for Women

UK + Ireland

Flaxseeds

As part of a hormone-balancing diet, which is key to overcoming hormone-related problems such as ovarian cysts, be sure to keep up the “good fats.” Eat a portion of oil-rich foods such as flaxseeds every day. They help to balance your hormones by encouraging your cells to respond to hormonal triggers more effectively.

Dr. Marilyn Glenville

Dr. Marilyn Glenville

Nutritionist

AUTHOR of The Natural Health Bible for Women

UK + Ireland

Herring

As part of a hormone-balancing diet, which is key to overcoming hormone-related problems such as ovarian cysts, be sure to keep up the “good fats.” Eat a portion of oil-rich foods such as herring every day. Oily fish are rich in anti-inflammatory and health promoting omega-3s, which help to balance your hormones by encouraging your cells to respond to hormonal triggers more effectively.

Dr. Marilyn Glenville

Dr. Marilyn Glenville

Nutritionist

AUTHOR of The Natural Health Bible for Women

UK + Ireland

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Miso

Soy products such as miso are a good source of phytoestrogens, which are plant oestrogen-like substances that can have a significant hormone-balancing effect on a woman’s body. I recommend consuming at least three helpings of phytoestrogens each day as part of a hormone-balancing diet for those with ovarian cysts. Phytoestrogens reduce the toxic oestrogens in your body and stimulate your liver to produce sex-hormone-binding globulin (SHBG), which controls how much oestrogen and testosterone circulates in your blood. CAUTION: Read food labels and avoid foods that contain genetically modified soy isolates or soy products. Check labels of soy products to ensure that they are “isolate free” and are not genetically modified.

Dr. Marilyn Glenville

Dr. Marilyn Glenville

Nutritionist

AUTHOR of The Natural Health Bible for Women

UK + Ireland

Echinacea

Echinacea

Echinacea is useful for boosting immune system function as it can increase white blood cell count and activity. These increased levels can help the body to engulf abnormal cells. Echinacea appears to be more effective when taken on a slightly infrequent basis. Take it for 10 days, take a three-day break, and then repeat for another 10 days. CAUTION: You should not take any of the recommended herbs if you are taking, The Pill, Fertility drugs, HRT or any other hormonal treatment or other medication unless they are recommended by a registered, experienced practitioner.

Dr. Marilyn Glenville

Dr. Marilyn Glenville

Nutritionist

AUTHOR of The Natural Health Bible for Women

UK + Ireland

Milk Thistle

This is an important herb for the liver, acting as a tonic. It can encourage the detoxification process, which means that abnormal cells will be destroyed and excess hormones excreted. CAUTION: You should not take any of the recommended herbs if you are taking, The Pill, Fertility drugs, HRT or any other hormonal treatment or other medication unless they are recommended by a registered, experienced practitioner.

Dr. Marilyn Glenville

Dr. Marilyn Glenville

Nutritionist

AUTHOR of The Natural Health Bible for Women

UK + Ireland

Vitamin B-Complex

The B-complex vitamins are needed by your liver to convert excess oestrogen into weaker and less dangerous forms. B vitamins are, therefore, essential, when you are working to balance your hormone levels.

Dr. Marilyn Glenville

Dr. Marilyn Glenville

Nutritionist

AUTHOR of The Natural Health Bible for Women

UK + Ireland

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is an important nutrient for immune function and many women today are deficient in vitamin D.

Dr. Marilyn Glenville

Dr. Marilyn Glenville

Nutritionist

AUTHOR of The Natural Health Bible for Women

UK + Ireland