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How to Treat and Prevent Breast Cysts: Avoid Caffeine and Other Causes

Updated on October 11, 2011

Nutritional research has discovered a number of very effective breast cyst treatments which have the added benefit of no side effects and improved overall wellness of being. This is good news for the thirty to fifty percent of pre-menopausal woman between the ages of twenty and fifty affected by the disease. The first concern for many is breast cancer but these cysts are benign and associated with hormonal changes and diet.

In most cases breast cysts disappear after menopause because their development is associated with fluctuations in hormone levels. They are easily identified as tender, soft, often painful, movable cysts that vary in size, which are most prominent the week before and after a period. To alleviate any fears about breast cancer, monthly breast self-exams can be performed. If a lump is discovered through ultrasound or infrared breast scan, there is no need to panic because most lumps are found to be benign. If you discover lumps that suddenly increase in size and don't change during your menstrual cycle, have severe pain or unusual skin conditions you should see your physician immediately.

There are a number of possible causes of breast cysts. Nutritional deficiencies in iodine, vitamin B6, E, coenzyme Q10 and essential fatty acids are contributors to the disease. A diet high in meat, dairy, processed sugars and unhealthy fats have also been implicated. High fat and carbohydrate consumption increases estrogen levels which contribute to breast pain. Overweight women have an additional challenge because stored fat manufactures estrogen.

Diets that lead to sluggish bowels and an overworked liver contribute to the formation of breast cysts. Woman who have less than three bowel movements a week increase the risk of cystic breasts by a factor of five. The liver is responsible for breaking down hormones. If the liver is unable to perform properly estrogen can build up in the body and promote breast cysts. Other causes include stress, bowel toxicity, lack of exercise, drugs and alcohol, excessive caffeine intake, weak immune system, chemicals in foods, irregular periods and suppressed emotions.

Studies have been done recently that show that iodine deficiency is linked to breast cysts. Iodine treatment has reduced breast pain and cyst size in patients who have normal thyroid levels. It is believed that breast tissue that lacks iodine sets off a series of events that develop small cysts which eventually harden. Iodine has been found to reverse cystic breast disease and restore cystic spaces to their normal size. Kelp is an excellent source of iodine. Iodine found in kelp has many health benefits including increased fat burning ability during exercise and greater stamina.

A diet high in fiber from natural sources such as raw fruits and vegetables, whole grain products and beans are effective at increasing elimination of estrogen in the body. Cruciferous vegetables interfere with estrogen's ability to bind to breast tissue. Foods that promote breast health are flaxseed oil, garlic, cabbage, rosemary and tumeric. Eat foods that promote liver health and detoxify the body such as onions, leeks, carrots, kale, beets, lemons, artichokes, cauliflower and broccoli. Drink plenty of pure water to prevent constipation and benefit from high fiber foods. Regular exercise will improve circulation and help detoxify the body. Useful supplements include B complex, Vitamin E, selenium, coenzyme Q10, dandelion, evening primrose oil and milk thistle.

Avoid antiperspirants because they prevent drainage of toxins through the sweat glands and cause them to drain into the breasts. Look for natural deodorants that don't contain parabens because of their link to breast cancer.


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      angelica 5 years ago

      thank you.. you give me a good advice, and strenght.

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      joan 5 years ago

      I am on medifast diet and have lost 45 lbs but last mamogram I was found to have a cyst. Medifast is soy bases and wondering if this is contributing to the development of cyst. I have breast cancer in my family and have had a fatty tumor and calcifications removed.

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      Suman 6 years ago

      Hello Steve

      I'm 28 year old .I have smal cluster of cysts in my left Breast and a 0.7*0.4 cm lesion in right breast that has been diagnosed on 1st may 2012 by an ultra sound of breast .I always have PMS . I want to know that this condition of my breast can be due to PMS or it can be due to some other reason.there is too much pain in my left breast which radiates into my arm and neck too .plzzzzzzz help

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      Mimi 6 years ago

      I have a lump in my left and at times feel pain in the breast pls what should i do to eliminate the lump

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      raheela 6 years ago

      iam 21 years old i also have this problem on my right breast tell me how to avoid this

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      Kamala 6 years ago

      I a. Having breast pain for the past one year, I have benign calcification on both the breast, bit my left breast is paining, that also not regular, some times theai. Comes a d go, I am taking homeo. But the pain is not going fully. I a. Taking neurobeon forte and avion400' now what tab I should take to cure my pain fully,lease suggest me.

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      emily foster 6 years ago

      i have fibrocystic breast and a cyst 10 by 13 so old fork say comb the breast with comb i did and a lump come up in it small

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      ayup maribel 6 years ago

      i have a breast lump problem can you please help me how to prevent getting bigger..and pls tell me the irght food to take tnx a lot waiting 4 ur answers and some advice...

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      stevemark122000 6 years ago from Southern California

      Thanks for your comment nic!

      There is a powerful movie out called Forks over Knives. It discusses the negative impact on animal protein from meat and dairy on health and how it promotes all types of diseases.

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      nic 6 years ago

      Hi Steve,I found this very interesting as I have just returned from hospital after having a few cystes drained and another one to go back for soon.They said there was nothing else sinister which is great.I am now worried about my diet-I have been following Neris and India's "Idiot proof diet" for 8 months,it is low carb.I exercise a lot and take supplements:starflower,selenium,maganesium,vit B complex.BUT have probably increased the meat,dairy and good fats.So I eat no sugars or processed foods and am totally decaf.Was wondering if this might have contributed to the cysts-I was told I have quite a few and I would probably be back in the future.Now concerned about the diet.Any advice?

      thank you

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      Xinox Leugim 6 years ago from Philippines

      I was compelled to have my long overdue mammogram when I should have it 4 years ago when I reached 40, but had not done it until recently when I felt pain underneath my left breast. To relieve my worries I had my first ever mammogram. Fortunate enough, there's nothing to worry about since there's none that was suspicious of big C though I did have a calcification in my right breast. The doctor says that when having a mammogram we should ask if it's a micro or macro because the type of calcifications will be associated to cancer, and that's what we dread about. Mine was a single macro calcification found on my right breast.Micro calcifications are more worrisome. Nothing to worry as yet though this calcification might turn out in the future to be cancerous(God forbids). Age is one of the causes calcification formation so that it is really imperative that we have our regular check up when we reach the critical age of 40 and above. I am a coffee lover and having known in this hub that we should drink coffee moderately to prevent breast cysts, then I think everyone must take heed. Thanks a lot sir steve for this informative hub.

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      maggie44 7 years ago

      what would you suggest for a daily regimen. I do know vitamin E helps the pain.

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      april 7 years ago

      thanks for the hub steve, ive been searching all over the net on how to prevent breast mass but you hub was great coz ive learned a lot and i follow your suggestions. i will chat you if my breast mass will be gone. tanx dude..

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      savannahbree10 7 years ago from Maniwaki, Quebec, Canada

      I didn't know that about deodorants! Great info. thx

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      suzette 7 years ago

      i had a lump last month and i got scared because i have a family history of breast cancer. What I did for two is what you wrote above. Thanks my lump is gone.

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      Stacey 7 years ago

      This I found helpful to understand why my mum keeps getting Brest lumps as she has had about 10 removed over the yrs and will be telling her a out all the info I have got off this site

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      nancy  8 years ago

      Question: Your article supports what I've read about iodine: that insufficient amounts are related to breast cysts and hypothyroidism, the 2 conditions I have. I avoid iodine b/c each time I try it, I get severe acne breakouts. Any advice? I'd very much appreciate it. Thank You!!

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      Ros Webb 8 years ago from Ireland

      Great hub ; thank you.

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      barbara  8 years ago

      i keep getting breast cyst and am always at the hospital having an aspiration, i have been told cyst do not turn cancerous, i have had two mammograms.

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      Barbara Bethard 8 years ago from Tucson, Az

      wonderfully written and researched! great start for a research paper/hint hint/ :) /I am yippee after 50 and not bothered by cysts anymore; one of my favorite MD told me if I stopped chocolate, coffee an cigs they would go away...haha...I'm a nurse! Dude! get a grip! but in '98 I did stop the cigarettes thank goodness still...give up choc and coffee? bite your tongue!!!!!

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      Sarika Mehra 9 years ago

      Great job !its going to help millions .

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      Jyoti Kothari 9 years ago from Jaipur

      hi Stevemarl 122000,

      Are you a doctor or researcher? Information is very technical. Thjanks for a good hub.

      What does 122.... means?

      Jyoti Kothari

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      Staci-Barbo7 9 years ago from North Carolina

      Thank you, Steve. Although I am vegetarian (I still eat cold-water fish, eggs, and dairy), there are plenty of protein sources available to me other than soy. I think I will avoid soy entirely and perhaps see an improvement in this condition.

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      stevemark122000 9 years ago from Southern California

      Thanks for your comment Staci!

      There is a lot of conflicting information. Some experts believe it help get rid of the cysts, while others believe soy is a contributor to the disease. For this reason I haven't included any information about soy in this hub. My recommendation is to avoid it completely. There are enough foods and supplements available without out it to do the job.

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      Staci-Barbo7 9 years ago from North Carolina

      This article contains a lot of good information, Steve. A question/request for you: From your research, do you have a sense of whether or not eating soy may be a contributing factor to the formation of these cysts? There is a lot of conflicting information out there about soy, and I know it can mimic estrogens in the body. If there's a good chance that it can contribute to forming breast cysts, I am going to think seriously about eliminating it from my diet.

      Thanks, Staci

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      SEM Pro 9 years ago from North America

      Wonderfully thorough and helpful Steve! Excellent hub. From one who's had cysts most of my life, I can vouch for the effectiveness of many of the foods you recommend. Whenever getting mammograms, the doctors have asked for further tests every time. I stopped doing them but now, reading your hub, I realize it would be a good idea to start again after 50.

      In the meantime, you've added inspiration to work-out. Thanks :)

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      mdawson17 9 years ago

      I want to tell you Thank-You I had my wife read this she is a nurse practisoner, she told me that this was right on the target! Good hub more hubs need to be out here like this! THANKS!!!!


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      Casi 9 years ago

      Thanks for the tip!


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