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Fruit can reduce the risk of painful fibroids

Women who said they ate two or more servings of fruit each day were less likely to be diagnosed with uterine fibroids than women who barely touched fruit, a study of more than 20,000 black women said.

Fibroids are non-cancerous growths that don't always have symptoms, but they can be painful or cause menstrual periods to be long and heavy.

They may also grow very large, in some cases causing complications with pregnancy and fertility.

The study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, tracked women in their 30s for more than a decade to see if their fruit and vegetable consumption was tied to the chance they developed fibroids.


Black women are up to three times more likely to get fibroids, and researchers have wondered if part of that could be explained by diet.

Women who said they ate at least four servings of fruits and vegetables each day were 10pc less likely to get fibroids than those who ate less than one daily serving.

When fruits and vegetables were analysed separately, the Boston University researchers found that eating more fruit was linked to the lower risk -- but the same was not true for vegetables.