Cervical dysplasia, characterized by abnormal changes in the cells of the cervix, is a condition that can potentially progress to cervical cancer if left untreated. Medical interventions such as colposcopy and even the “watch and wait” method, are common when diagnosed with dysplasia of the cervix, but there’s an additional step we can take to help manage this, reducing our long term risk for cervical cancer and enhancing our health and well-being on all levels.
At Papillex®, we have consistently emphasized the notion that merely “watching and waiting” for our health to deteriorate before taking action is insufficient. Our conviction is well-supported by compelling data. The abundance of evidence linking nutrition to cervical health and dysplasia suggests that it could very well be the intervention you’ve been looking for.
Nutrition principles to follow
Emphasize the use of antioxidant-rich foods
Antioxidants are powerful compounds that help protect our cells from damage caused by free radicals. Studies suggest that oxidative stress may play a role in the development and progression of cervical dysplasia. Including antioxidant rich foods in your diet can help combat oxidative stress and support cervical health. Colorful fruits and veggies, like berries, citrus fruits, dark leafy greens, bright bell peppers, eggplant and tomatoes are all excellent sources of antioxidants.
Increase intake of folate and other B vitamins
Folate, along with other B vitamins like B6 and B12, are crucial for DNA synthesis and repair. Research suggests that low levels of folate may be associated with an increased risk of cervical dysplasia. Incorporating folate-rich foods such as leafy greens, legumes, citrus fruits, and fortified grains can help ensure adequate intake. Additionally, a balanced diet that includes lean meats and fish, with moderate amounts of dairy (if tolerated) can help provide these essential nutrients, as well.
Up your Vitamin C
Vitamin C is another crucial nutrient for immune function and collagen synthesis. Studies have shown that higher vitamin C levels are associated with a lower risk of cervical dysplasia and progression to cervical cancer. Citrus fruits, strawberries, kiwi, bell peppers, and broccoli are all excellent sources of vitamin C that can all be easily incorporated into your daily meals.
Get those healthy fats in
Incorporating healthy fats into your diet is essential in hormone regulation and overall health. Opt for sources such as avocados, nuts, seeds, fatty fish and olive oil. These fats provide important nutrients and contribute to a well-rounded and nourishing diet. Reduce your intake of saturated and trans fats as these tend to be more inflammatory.
If you’re thirsty, you’re already dehydrated!
Proper hydration is vital for overall health, including cervical health. Drinking an adequate amount of water helps maintain optimal cell function and supports the body’s natural detoxification processes. Non-sugary electrolyte beverages can also help you achieve a more robust amount of minerals. Aim for at least eight glasses of water per day and reduce consumption of sugary beverages.
Even with an “ideal diet”, obtaining adequate nutrients, especially therapeutic amounts, from our food is challenging. The crucial solution to attaining these dosages of essential nutrients to manage cervical dysplasia lies in a balanced combination of diet and careful supplementation. This very reason drove us to develop Papillex®, a comprehensive bundle of nutrients. Papillex® incorporates all the vital nutrients extensively studied for their effects on HPV and cervical dysplasia, carefully dosed to be therapeutic and highly absorbable in their quality forms. Among these nutrients are folate, selenium, green tea extract, medicinal mushrooms, and more. Each of these components is supported by robust research and evidence, making Papillex® an effective resource for managing cervical dysplasia and HPV.