Eliminating Cysts Naturally with Diet, and Supplements

Cysts are a group of cells grouped to form a sac. A cyst can form anywhere in your body. Some cysts grow on the skin of the face, neck, scalpback, behind the knees, arms, groin, lips, mouth, and others develop within organs like the breasts, ovaries, liver, kidneys, sinuses, thyroid, brain, or other tissues of the body. These sac-like pockets often contain fluid and may become inflamed or infected, causing pain and discomfort. 

There are many different types of cysts.

Treating cysts will depend on the type and location of the cyst. Treatment using needle aspiration or surgical removal is usually only recommended when the cyst causes pain or discomfort or is inflamed or infected.

Common causes of cysts include genetic conditions, clogged ducts, infection, and chronic inflammation.

Studies show that you may eliminate some cysts naturally with dietary changes. Here are a few home remedies to consider:

1. Reduce or avoid coffee. 

Avoiding coffee may help shrink cysts, especially cysts on inner organs.

It was suggested that coffee leads to the overproduction of fibrous tissue and cystic fluid. Hormone production is also disrupted with coffee, perhaps due to its effects on the microbiome, which I will discuss later in this article.

Therefore you want to reduce or eliminate coffee if you tend towards cyst development. [1-2]

2. Reduce fat consumption

Since obstructions to the flow of any fluid, oil, or other substances are risk factors for cyst development, the amount of fat consumed will impact cyst development.

For example, fat consumption was found to be higher in women with ovarian cysts. [3]

By limiting fat intake to less than 20% of your total daily calories, you may help shrink or eliminate cysts.

One way to limit fat intake in your diet is to avoid fried foods and avoid adding oils to your salads and foods. To add flavoring to foods, I recommend using miso, spices, or vegetable salt instead of oils.

3. Reduce animal product consumption

Ovarian cysts are associated with beef and cheese consumption, whereas a high intake of green vegetables has a protective effect. One study showed that women with ovarian cysts were consuming more red meat and cheese and less frequent green vegetables. [4]

By removing most dairy and meat products, you also remove most high-fat foods from your diet. Saturated fats raise low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels in the blood, leading to blockages of arteries and obstructions to the flow of substances, causing cyst formation.

4. Consume probiotics foods or supplements

Probiotics help improve gut health, which is linked to the changes in hormonal levels that may result in cyst formation. [5]

Lactobacillus, a health-promoting bacterial strain, plays a vital role in maintaining human health by stimulating natural immunity and contributing to the balance of the microbiome [6].

Numerous studies suggest that supplementing with probiotics may help manage ovarian cysts. One of the leading causes of ovarian cysts is a hormonal imbalance, especially excess in androgen production and insufficient estradiol production. 

The gut microbiome has a two-directional effect on the endocrine system.

One of the roles of the gut microbiome is regulating sex hormones in health and disease states. [7,8] 

An increase of Lactobacilli bacteria in the microbiome significantly increases estradiol and estrone levels. 

Dysbiosis of gut microbiota was associated with a disruption in sex hormone levels, estrus cycles, and ovarian morphological changes.

Furthermore, if you consume coffee, this too will cause an imbalance in your gut microbiome.

Probiotics can be helpful for all cyst types.

Probiotics can be found in supplement form. I suggest taking a probiotic supplement with at least ten different strains of healthy bacteria and at least 100 billion colony-forming units. Take this supplement daily for two months and then gradually lower the number of times you consume the probiotic supplements during the week.

There are also probiotics in certain foods like kimchi, yogurt, kombucha, and miso.

5. Consume flaxseeds 

Flaxseeds are rich in unsaturated essential fatty acids, which lead to the production of omega-3 fatty acids, which have anti-inflammatory properties. Flaxseeds also contain large amounts of phytoestrogen lignan, which is an antioxidant and reduces the aromatase enzyme activity, resulting in decreased production of estrogen. Therefore flaxseeds play a role in preventing cysts and cancers related to estrogen. 

The chemical structure of lignans is similar to estrogen receptor medications such as tamoxifen.[9-14]

You may consume one tablespoon of raw flaxseeds daily added to salads, or you may grind them in a coffee grinder and add to soups, as an egg replacement in recipes, and to shakes.

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