Eating certain foods is unlikely to cause uterine fibroid tumors to shrink; however, foods rich in B vitamins and fiber, such as whole grains, brown rice, oats, millet and buckwheat, help the liver break down excess estrogen, which may help prevent future fibroid growth, explains Dr. Tori Hudson, N.D. Citrus fruits, berries, garlic and curcumin may help relieve heavy bleeding in some individuals, which is often a symptom of fibroid tumors.
Consuming certain herbs, such as goldenseal root, ginger root, black cohosh root, red raspberry leaf and Dong Quai root, may help prevent new fibroid tumors from growing and manage heavy bleeding, states NaturalFertilityInfo.com. For example, red raspberry leaf helps regulate blood flow during a women's period and promotes uterine health. Don Quai root helps improve circulation, which may help remove tissue growth and heal tissue damage in the uterus.
Women with uterine fibroid tumors should avoid consuming saturated fats, sugar, caffeine, alcohol and junk food, according to Dr. Hudson. These products tend to inhibit the body's natural ability to break down and remove excess estrogen from the body.
Women should also avoid consuming xenohormones, which are human-made chemicals that disrupt the endocrine system, notes NaturalFertilityInfo.com. Ways to reduce consumption of xenohormones include avoiding food preservatives and dyes, avoiding consuming products from plastic containers, eating organic foods and using natural feminine care products.