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What to Eat If You Have Ovarian Cysts

Chamomile tea

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  • A healthy and balanced diet can help with addressing symptoms and improving overall health and well-being
  • There are certain foods you need to avoid if you have ovarian cysts, as these can worsen your condition and impair the healing process

Although it's not the immediate "cure" for ovarian cysts, a healthy and balanced diet can help with addressing symptoms and improving overall health and well-being.

Consume These Foods to Help Relieve Ovarian Cyst-Caused Pain

As much as possible, increase your intake of foods containing these nutrients:1

Indole-3-carbinol (I3C): This can assist with eliminating excess hormones in the body. Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, spinach, kale and collard and mustard greens contain good amounts of I3C.2

Magnesium: This nutrient is known to help with reducing painful cramps associated with ovarian cysts. Increase your body’s magnesium stores by eating:3,4

Dark leafy green vegetables like turnip greens, Bok choy, beet greens and Swiss chard

Fruits like bananas, prunes and avocados

Cashews and almonds

Raw cacao nibs5

Sunflower and pumpkin seeds

Omega-3 fatty acids: Foods rich in these healthy fats can help control hormone disruptions and address insulin resistance, which is often linked to polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). Notable sources of omega-3 fatty acids include flaxseeds, hemp seeds and fish like wild Alaskan salmon, herring, mackerel, anchovies and sardines.6

On a final note, make sure that all the fruits, vegetables and nuts and seeds you'll be eating are organic and bought from a local grower as much as possible. Pesticides that are sprayed in conventional crops can disrupt hormone balances and lead to other adverse health effects. If you end up purchasing nonorganic produce, if they have peels, peel them first before using.7 Furthermore, ensure that the fish you are buying is wild-caught, and not raised in concentrated animal feeding operations or CAFOs.

Drink These Beverages to Help Address Ovarian Cysts

Chamomile tea can also be a good remedy for ovarian cysts. Its sedative effect can assist in promoting relaxation and pain reduction, and the warmth it brings can aid in regulating irregular periods by stimulating blood flow in the pelvic area and uterus.8 Here's a chamomile tea recipe you can follow:9

Chamomile Tea Recipe


2 teaspoons dried chamomile flowers

2 cups hot water

Optional: 1 teaspoon raw honey


1. Mix chamomile flowers in hot water and let it infuse for two to three minutes.

2. Strain and serve.

3. Optional: Add raw honey to flavor it.

Pregnant or breastfeeding women who are considering drinking chamomile tea must talk to their physician or gynecologist first, because the tea’s potential anti-inflammatory properties can deliver health risks, depending on the pregnant woman’s medical history, consumption and other factors. Pregnant women with a history of hay fever or pollen allergies must not drink chamomile tea at all.10,11

Another drink you can try is ginger juice, because ginger root is a known anti-inflammatory that also helps with relieving pain, increasing heat in the body and promoting menstruation. To make your own ginger juice at home, blend the following ingredients in a juicer first:12

A 2-inch piece of ginger

2 celery stalks

Half a glass of apple juice

Three-fourths of a pineapple

Drink the juice once a day until the cysts are gone, or try drinking two to three cups of ginger tea daily as well.

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Avoid These Foods

Do not consume these foods if you have ovarian cysts, as they can worsen your condition and impair the healing process:13

Alcoholic beverages: Continuous alcohol intake is known to increase estrogen levels.

Caffeinated drinks: These can disrupt your body’s hormones greatly. If you want to drink coffee, drink it in moderation, and preferably black, without sugar, sweeteners (artificial or otherwise), cream or dairy substitutes like coffee creamers.

Wheat products: Wheat contains a substance called phytic acid. It’s responsible for binding minerals like magnesium and zinc, which are vital for hormone balance and preventing cramps. As a result, your body won’t be able to reap the benefits of these two nutrients.

Refined sugar, usually found in processed foods like cakes, pastries, candy and cookies: Refined sugar can wreak havoc on your body’s hormone levels. Ideally, reduce your intake of all types of sugar (not just refined sugar), and ensure that your total fructose consumption is below 25 grams per day, and even lower if you’re insulin resistant or are at risk for insulin resistance.


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