Due to an increase in breast cancer awareness, most women heed advice to regularly check their breasts and attend screenings or yearly mammograms. Yet many women experience breast changes during their menstrual cycles, feeling discomfort due to hormonal fluctuations and lumps that are benign. Unfortunately, the medical profession rarely address the root cause of the issue.
Women struggle with a wide range of conditions affecting breast health, including:
- Breast fibrosis
- Breast engorgement (nodular mastitis) • Hardening around breast implants (capsular contractor fibrosis)
- Fibrocystic breast disease
- Breast cancer
To improve women’s health, breast health must become an important topic of conversation. Breast health conditions that are inadequately treated could cause months and even years of unnecessary aches, pains, and swelling.
IS YOUR BREAST HEALTH AT RISK?
As a woman, you are likely to encounter issues in breast health at some time..
Fibrocystic breast disease is a painful condition affecting 30 to 60 percent of women, or half of women of childbearing age. Fibrocystic breast disease, or a group of cyclical breast pain symptoms may be alarming, but are non-cancerous. These lumps may be uncomfortable and painful or fluctuate during the menstrual cycle.
Directly after birth, a breast condition termed nodular mastitis may become a cause for concern. Breast engorgement occurs as mammary glands expand to produce milk. This engorgement can cause swelling, throbbing, and extreme pain. When breast tissue becomes inflamed, it is called mastitis. A lump in the breast may appear with visible inflammation; if mastitis remains untreated, it can lead to a breast infection.
Women with breast augmentation have special issues in breast health. Hardening can occur at the site of the implant, also called capsular contraction fibrosis. Breasts may tighten and harden in the weeks or years following surgery. Since the hardening is related to fibrosis and not an infection, antibiotics cannot be used to reverse it.
HELP FOR OPTIMAL BREAST HEALTH
No matter which breast condition you struggle with, help is available:
Serrapeptase. Symptoms grouped under conditions including fibrocystic breast disease have seen astonishing results with treatment from the serrapeptase enzyme. In a double-blind study conducted on 70 patients with breast engorgement caused by cystic breast disease, serrapeptase effectively reduced pain and swelling. 85.7 percent of the patients saw a moderate to marked improvement.1
Curcumin. The super compound curcumin has been shown to inhibit the increase of several breast cancer cell lines, especially those related to chemical and pesticide estrogen environmental exposure.2
Iodine. Iodine is a remarkable mineral to support the health of breast tissue. Secondary to the thyroid, breasts contain the highest concentration of iodine. An iodine deficiency may trigger fibrocystic breast disease, as well as the development of painful cysts and nodules. Doses of 3000 to 6000 μg of iodine a day can offer relief.3