Did you know that there is a strong link between soft, moveable, tender breast cysts and coffee, tea, cola, and chocolate?
These cysts, often referred to as fibrocystic breast change, are a common finding in pre-menopausal women. They are usually noticeable especially in the week or two before menstruation, are freely moveable, and usually occur in both breasts.
Coffee, tea, cola, and chocolate all contain methylxanthines, which have been shown experimentally to produce biochemical changes in breast tissue. Specifically, methylxanthines increase cyclic nucleotides within the breast, which in turn overly stimulate protein-kinase activities and cause the overproduction of fibrous tissue and cyst fluid. These changes are thought to increase the risk of developing breast cancer.
Interestingly, removing methylxanthines from the diet tissue has been found to improve breast tissue and resolve cysts in many women.
Breast lumps and cysts should always be examined by a trained health practitioner, since it is not possible to distinguish benign from cancerous growths based on clinical breast exam alone. Regular self-breast exams a must, and any unusual findings should be immediately checked by your doctor. Methylxanthines are just one cause of fibrocystic breast change.