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Fibroid tumors are usually benign. They are made up of nodules of smooth muscle cells and fibrous connective tissue, called fibrin—hence the name "fibroid" tumor. These tumors develop within the wall of the uterus.
The body makes a certain amount of enzymes in a lifetime, which often decrease with age. With decreasing enzyme levels, organs begin to collect deposits of fibrin. For some women, these deposits result in conditions such as uterine fibroid tumors and fibrocystic breast disease, especially when coupled with estrogen dominance.
Supplementation with certain types of enzymes assists the body in eliminating abnormal formation of fibrous tissue. Vitalzym, a systemic enzyme blend works extremely well to break down fibrin that makes up fibroid tumors.
Vitalzym contains proteolytic (protein digesting) enzymes, including serrapeptase which is a powerful fibrinolytic enzyme. Vitalzym can help digest the fibrin in tumors when taken at an "Activation Dose".
Please read Suggested Use of Vitalzym for Uterine Fibroids for information.
Hormone balancing is especially important for women with fibroids. Along with taking a systemic enzyme such as Vitalzym, it is important to obtain hormone balance while attempting to shrink fibroids. Excess estrogen is commonly believed to contribute to the formation and growth of fibroids. You can read more about determining if you are estrogen dominant and about managing estrogen levels on our Estrogen Dominance page.
The following products may be helpful in balancing your hormones. Click on each product to read more about how they may play a role in helping to obtain hormone balance and assist with shrinking fibroids.
Diindolylmethane (DIM) is a powerful metabolizer of estrogen, assisting in removing excess estrogen and benefiting conditions associated with estrogen dominance, such as uterine fibroid tumors, fibrocystic breasts, glandular dysfunction, and more.† Supplementation with DIM can help promote proper estrogen levels. DIM is most appropriate for women not yet in their menopausal years, as it is a strong estrogen metabolizer and DIM will not likely lower their estrogen too much. Can be used alone or with Myomin.
Myomin is a formula of Chinese herbs that helps promote proper hormonal balance.† Myomin can reduce levels of bad estrogens and promotes production of the good estrogens.† Myomin is a gentler metabolizer of excess estrogens and is therefore most often the choice for menopausal women who are producing estrogen at a lower level. Additionally, some of the herbs have been shown to help promote shrinkage of tumors and cysts.† Can be used alone or with a bit of DIM for an extra metabolism boost.
Natural progesterone is used to supplement low progesterone levels and balances the ratio between estrogen and progesterone, thereby assisting in promoting proper hormone balance.† It can be safely used by menstruating women, pre- and perimenopausal women, as well as those who are menopausal. Progesterone is an important component in proper hormone balance.
Calcium D-Glucarate can be beneficial in helping to remove used hormones and toxins before they become re-absorbed back into the bloodstream where they can be deposited into fatty tissues and areas such as breast tissue and the uterus. It aids the body in the elimination of many harmful substances and helps to lower abnormally high levels of steroid hormones including estrogen, testosterone, and progesterone.†
There are many factors involved with fibroid tumors. These supplements may help to manage fibroids and their accompanying symptoms. It also is important to have proper nutrition from a balanced diet, to add a good multi-vitamin, and to detoxify regularly.
An exciting study from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) reports that Vitamin D may be a key player in helping to manage fibroid tumors. NIH says, "In previous research, the study authors found that Vitamin D inhibited the growth of human fibroid cells in laboratory cultures." This is exciting for women because as the researchers point out, this could provide "a promising new lead in the search for non-surgical treatment of fibroids that doesn't [negatively] affect fertility."
Zinc is important for peak gynecological function. More than 70% of women do not obtain the minimum daily requirement of zinc from their diets. Zinc assists the body in absorbing enzymes and helps them work as efficiently as possible in the body. Additionally, zinc helps prevent hormonal imbalance and fibrosis conditions because it plays an important role in hormone production and balance.† Zinc helps to increase progesterone levels and lower estrogen.
Some fibroids, especially older ones, can develop a calcium coating which can get in the way of enzymes dissolving the fibrin. Magnesium, when taken alone without calcium, can help to remove the calcification of uterine fibroid tumors. Magnesium is also helpful for uterine cramping.†
Turmeric Extract contains the powerful antoxidant and liver supporting herb, curcumin, a primary ingredient in Myomin. It boosts the liver's ability to detox and remove waste, such as excess estrogen, in addition to various other benefits such as promoting a healthy inflammation response.†
Many women with fibroid tumors are anemic, due to heavy bleeding often caused by fibroids. SSS Tonic - a liquid iron supplement, and B-12 MC Spray - a B-vitamin and folic acid supplement, are helpful to raise the iron levels in women who are clinically anemic.
Heavy bleeding is common among those with uterine fibroids and/or hormone imbalances and may lead to anemia. Taking Vitamin A (10,000 IU per day) and an iron supplement together has been reported to help overcome iron deficiency more effectively than iron supplements alone.†
Life Essence multi-vitamin/mineral supplement provides the vitamins and minerals your body needs to building a solid foundation for hormone balance, which is critical for managing fibroid tumors. It contains enzymes, flavonoids, trace elements, amino acids, antioxidants, superior tonic herbs, and super foods.
One 'n' Only is a once daily version of the Life Essence multi-vitamin and is one of the most nutritious one-per-day dietary supplements available. It provides a perfect balance of all the standard vitamins and minerals plus super foods, tonic herbs, and plant enzymes.
The Wild Rose Herbal D-Tox Kit offers a 4 part system designed to help improve health via detoxificaiton of the liver, colon, kidneys, and lymphatic system. This helps cleanse the body of the accumulation of used hormones and toxins, and eliminated the debris from shrinking tumors.† It helps promote a healthy balance between assimilation and elimination.
PuraCell is a powerful blend of minerals, herbs, enzymes, and cracked wall chlorella that can be used as a "Gentle Daily Detox" or a "Quick 30-Day Detox". Few other products, if any, can deliver such thorough coverage on such a vast array of toxicity concerns, especially in such a gentle manner. Ideal for long term detoxification while shrinking fibroid tumors.
Fibroid tumors are a common growth in the uterus of women in their 20s, 30s and 40s. Between 20-50% of women of childbearing age have uterine fibroids. Fibroids are usually benign (non-cancerous) uterine tumors. Medically, fibroids are also referred to as myomas or leiomyomas, and are generally a woman's fibrosis condition associated with estrogen dominance.
Uterine fibroid tumors are nodules of smooth muscle cells and fibrous connective tissue, hence the name 'fibroid' tumor. They develop within the wall of the uterus. Fibroids may grow as a single nodule or in clusters and may range in size from 1 mm to more than 20 cm (8 inches) in diameter. They may grow within the wall of the uterus or they may project into the interior cavity or toward the outer surface of the uterus. In rare cases, they may grow on stalks or peduncles projecting from the surface of the uterus. These uterine tumors are known as "pedunculated fibroids".
While many women do not experience any symptoms, some experience problems severe enough to require medical treatment. Medical treatments include surgery, including hysterectomy, myomectomy, and uterine fibroid embolization.
There are four types of uterine fibroids, classified according to location in the uterus:
|Subserosal||These fibroids develop in the outer portion of the uterus and continue to grow outward. This type can cause the uterus to grow.|
|Intramural||The most common type of fibroid. These develop within the uterine wall and expand making the uterus feel larger than normal (which may cause "bulk symptoms").|
|Submucosal||These fibroids develop just under the lining of the uterine cavity. These are the fibroids that have the most effect on heavy menstrual bleeding and are often associated with infertility and miscarriage.|
|Pedunculated||Fibroids that grow on a small stalk that connects them to the inner or outer wall of the uterus.|
Although no precise answers exist for the development of uterine fibroid tumors, there is a link between fibroids and estrogen production. Fibroids develop when the body begins producing estrogen during the onset of menstruation. During the reproductive years, hormonal imbalance can cause fibroids to form and grow. Hormonal imbalance occurs when estrogen and progesterone are not present in the proper proportions, often referred to as estrogen dominance. The most common imbalance that causes fibroids is a low-progesterone, high-estrogen ratio.
Progesterone production decreases during a woman's 30s and 40s. When additional estrogens, such as the type found in birth control pills, hormone replacement therapy, and plant and environmental estrogens are brought into the mix, hormonal imbalance often occurs. Additionally, fibroid tumors may grow very quickly during pregnancy since the body is producing extra estrogen.
Fibroids sometimes shrink and disappear after menopause due to reduced estrogen production. However, if a woman has used hormone replacement therapy for many years, there is a possibility that an excess of stored estrogen can prevent fibroids from shrinking after menopause. A woman will almost never develop fibroid tumors after menopause.
Many women with uterine fibroids experience little to no symptoms or complications that require treatment. Women who do experience uterine fibroid symptoms may suffer from pelvic pain, abnormal menstruation, uterine cramping, and a variety of other conditions. Pregnancy may be complicated, resulting in miscarriage, premature birth, and other difficulties.
Fibroids can result in a number of abnormal menstruation symptoms. Periods may be longer and more frequent than normal. Bleeding may also occur between periods. Tumor pressure can result in severe cramping. Menorrhagia (heavy prolonged menstrual flow) is also possible and can contribute to severe anemia if left undiagnosed and treated. Menorrhagia is the most common reason for hysterectomies.
Women with menorrhagia (heavy bleeding) may pass blood clots, and may develop anemia (decreased red blood cells and hemoglobin). In rare occurrences, blood loss can be life threatening. Heavy bleeding is common among those with uterine fibroids and/or hormone imbalances. A clinical diagnosis of anemia requires supplementation of a highly absorbable iron supplement.
Types and Causes of Anemia
There are many different types and causes of anemia - a condition in which there are not enough healthy red blood cells to carry adequate oxygen to your tissues. Anemia:
The most common cause of anemia is not having enough iron. Your body needs iron to make hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is an iron-rich protein that gives blood its red color. It carries oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body. Women who suffer from prolonged heavy bleeding due to hormone imbalances and/or uterine fibroid tumors are at a greater risk for developing anemia.
There are other types of anemia that can develop due to a deficiency of B Vitamins, primarily Vitamins B12, B6, and folic acid. These vitamins are necessary in the formation of red blood cells. Therefore, taking an iron supplement, such as SSS Tonic along with a B-12 MC Spray that contains B12, B6, and folic acid can be very helpful.
You can read about the various types of Anemia and their causes here: What is Anemia?.
Anemia and B Vitamins
Many people with anemia also take a B-vitamin supplement along with their iron supplement. The B vitamins in Sublingual B-Total can help build iron stores in those whose blood is iron poor and/or deficient in Vitamins B12, B6, and folic acid. A deficiency in these nutrients can lead to anemic conditions. For example:
|Vitamin B12 deficiency -
Vitamin B12 Fact Sheet
Megaloblastic anemia - Vitamin B12 deficiency is a cause of megaloblastic anemia. In this type of anemia, red blood cells are larger than normal and the ratio of nucleus size to cell cytoplasm is increased. There are other potential causes of megaloblastic anemia, including folate deficiency.
Pernicious anemia - is a form of megaloblastic anemia that occurs when there is an absence of intrinsic factor, a substance normally present in the stomach. Vitamin B12 binds with intrinsic factor before it is absorbed and used by the body. An absence of intrinsic factor prevents normal absorption of B12 and may result in pernicious anemia.
Vitamin B6 deficiency - Vitamin B6 Fact Sheet
Your body needs Vitamin B6 to make hemoglobin, which carries oxygen to the tissues. Vitamin B6 also helps increase the amount of oxygen carried by hemoglobin. A Vitamin B6 deficiency can result in a form of anemia that is similar to iron deficiency anemia.
Folic Acid deficiency - Folic Acid Fact Sheet
Folic acid deficiency anemia happens when your body does not get enough folic acid. Folic acid is one of the B vitamins, and it helps your body make new cells, including new red blood cells. Most people get enough folic acid in the food they eat. But some people either don't get enough in their diet or have trouble absorbing it from the foods they eat.
Including vitamins A and B may also assist is anemia recovery. B-vitamins can be beneficial because they help build red blood cells. Taking Vitamin A (10,000 IU per day) and an iron supplement together may help overcome iron deficiency more effectively than iron supplements alone.†
Susan M. Lark, M.D., says that Vitamin A, "play a significant role in the prevention of heavy menstrual bleeding" —thus alleviating menorrhagia in 92% of the patients in one study.
Pressure from tumor growth can result in dull, aching pelvic pain. This sensation is sometimes reported as pain, or as a feeling of pressure in the abdomen and/or back. Pain may also be experienced during sexual intercourse, a condition known as dyspareunia. Occasionally, the stem of a pedunculated fibroid may twist, blocking the blood vessels in the fibroid in much the same way a kink in a garden hose prevents water flow. This results in sharp, severe pain. In this circumstance, hospitalization and surgical removal of the growth is required.
The pressure of a growing tumor can cause bladder and bowel problems. Women may find it difficult to urinate, or conversely, experience urgent and frequent urination. The need to urinate may force women to get up several times a night, resulting in sleep deprivation. Some women have reported recurring bladder and/or kidney infections. Constipation, hemorrhoids, and difficult bowel movements may all occur as the fibroid puts pressure on the bowels.
Many women with fibroids have normal pregnancies. However, risk of miscarriage increases when fibroids are present. Increased blood flow to the uterus during pregnancy can cause fibroid growth. If the tumor blocks the uterine passage, a C-section may be required. Large growths also increase the chance of premature delivery, and greater blood loss during delivery. Occasionally, a growth may block the uterus so completely that it causes infertility.
Benign uterine growths can grow to large sizes without producing symptoms. Some tumors may only be detectable as gradual weight gain and distention of the abdomen, as if a woman were pregnant. As malignant tumors can also cause this type of distention, it is important to consult your doctor if you experience sudden, inexplicable weight gain.
Utilizing a specific diet can make a big difference in the effectiveness of a fibroid tumor management protocol. When working on balancing hormones and shrinking fibroids, keep these diet guidelines in mind:
This means including whole, unprocessed foods for the bulk of your diet, while limiting or avoiding refined, highly processed foods. Be sure to include the following as a part of your daily diet:
I am the founder and owner of Energetic Nutrition, which began in 1996. This is my story of finding a natural alternative to shrink my fibroid tumors.
I had a fairly large uterine fibroid tumor and some small tumors. I used a systemic enzyme product, Vitalzym which shrunk the tumors to a manageable size in 6 weeks, and then obtained further shrinkage over time. I was able to avoid a hysterectomy—something I desperately did not want. I later added hormone balancing supplements to maintain the size of the fibroid.
I was diagnosed with a grapefruit size fibroid in early 2012. My options were to have a hysterectomy or wait until menopause when lower estrogen would naturally shrink the fibroid. I didn't like those options so researched natural ways to reduce fibroids and found the energeticnutrition.com website and read about Vitalzym. Within 6 weeks (of taking 10 capsules per day for 4 weeks and 15 per day for 2 weeks), I no longer felt bloated, lost a few pounds, and could not feel the fibroid anymore. I'm back to wearing my former pant size. What a great outcome! I can't wait to return to my physician to discuss enzyme therapy as an treatment option for fibroids. I'm so happy this product worked for me. Kind regards.
–Gail F, North Carolina
I tried Vitalzym approximately 7 weeks ago because I was scheduled for an outpatient procedure as a result of large fibroids. My gynecologist suggested I consider a hysterectomy to prevent future complications ... After 4-5 weeks of taking Vitalzym, I returned to my gynecologist for a pre-op appointment. Following her examination, my gynecologist determined the outpatient procedure was no longer necessary as the fibroids had reduced in size and complications no longer existed. She had no explanation for the reduction in size of the fibroids but asked for the information that I had about Vitalzym. I will continue to take Vitalzym as a maintenance measure.
–Renee B, Illinois
In 2009, I was diagnosed with a couple of fibroid tumors (softball, tennis ball and ping pong ball sizes). I was advised that it was in my best interest that I have a hysterectomy since I was over 50 and they would not go away and my doctor said I risked the chance of bleeding to death if the condition worsened. At first I (agreed to the surgery) ... but then started my own research and found Vitalzym ... the last time I went to have my check up in 2010, they could not find (fibroids) ... They were there in 2009 and little less than one year after they disappeared...Truly Truly I say. Whoo Hooo, thanks Vitalzym another praise story!
–Angela K, California
I have used Vitalzym now for many months and it has helped me tremendously by shrinking down my painful uterine fibroids. I thank you for that! This really does work!
–Tina B, Wisconsin
Thank you for the efficiency in filling your orders. I first saw(Vitalzym) on your website two years ago. I went to the doctor and found out I had a (uterine fibroid) the size of a grapefruit. I took Vitalzym and within 3 days I had a clear, odorless discharge. Within 2 weeks I lost 4 lbs. (and) I could continuously feel my lower abdomen pulling in. Soon, my lower back pain was relieved...and I was so excited to have avoided surgery. I went to my check up one year later and the PA said that my uterus was slightly thickened. I ordered more Vitalzym and began to feel the involuntary pulling-in of the same area ...Thank you for your service and this miracle product.
–Donna H, Texas
I am so excited. I have only been using Vitalzym for a month and I can already tell it is working. I bought it for fibroid relief, and it is working on so many other things too! Thanks!
–Julie E, Kansas
I have called a few times with questions as I learn about your products, and I just wanted to mention how much it means to me to have you there to answer them, and how nice everyone has been. It is scary when you take responsibility for treating your fibroid and have to learn everything from scratch. I really appreciate all of the help you have given so far.
–Kathy K, Pennsylvania