Fibroids-benign tumors of the uterus-are dependent on the hormone estrogen for growth. To minimize risk..

Keep your body-fat percentage down through good diet and exercise. The more body fat you have, the higher your estrogen levels are likely to be.

Eat a high-fiber diet that includes lots of cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli and cauliflower. They contain a nutrient called indole 3 carbinol that helps the liver lower estrogen levels.

Eat certain foods, such as miso and tempeh (from fermented soy)...ground flaxseed...and the herb chasteberry-take 40 drops of tincture or 180 to 240 milligrams in capsule form daily.

Have your hormone levels tested by a naturopathic or holistic doctor-who will use a saliva test to determine whether you need additional hormone-balancing foods or supplements.

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