Breast Enhancement without Weight Gain?
Answered by: Susan Eagles
Question from: Dorothy
Posted on: June 7, 2002

I want to know of herbs that safely increase breast tissue without additional weight gain.

We have previously answered questions regarding herbs traditionally used to increase breast size. Please go to our website at http://www.richters.com, choose "Q&A" from the main menu, then choose "Search Richters Q&A", and enter the word "breast" for the search.

Most of the herbs traditionally used to increase breast size are estrogenic, meaning that they promote estrogen. Estrogens promote the development and maintenance of the female reproductive structures, including the breasts and the uterine lining, as well as fat distribution to the breasts, abdomen and hips.

Saw Palmetto berry is a nutritive tonic sometimes used to increase breast size. It is known for its hormone balancing effects rather than being estrogenic. Though it is also used to promote weight gain in wasting diseases, this weight gain could be a normalizing effect, helping to bring an unhealthy body to a healthy weight rather than increasing weight in all users. This may be the herb you want to try.

There is no guarantee that the herbs listed in the various breast enhancement items on our website will increase breast size or increase weight. Please see the news item below, which is quoted from Richters HerbLetter 2002/04/30 on www.richters.com.

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MONTPELLIER, France, Apr. 17, Nutraingedients.com – So-called breast enhancement supplements are ineffective, according to the latest examinations by independent testing body ConsumerLab.com.

In an article published on ConsumerLab.com , the organisation reviews all the current scientific literature and product information regarding these popular supplements. ConsumerLab.com usually carries out laboratory tests of the products it reviews, but in this case found no evidence that any of them was even worth recommending.

"This review caused us to depart from our traditional testing of products because no product of which we are aware would merit our approval even if it contained what it claimed," said Tod Cooperman, ConsumerLab.com’s president.

The review found no well-controlled clinical studies and no sound theoretical basis for any of the twenty ingredients often appearing in such products, to be effective. For example, there is no reason to believe that oestrogenic herbs (including soy, red clover, fennel, and hops) should increase breast size in young women, ConsumerLab.com said, adding that if anything, they could theoretically decrease it.

However, most of the doses of these herbs used in the supplements are too small to have any effect whatsoever, it concluded.

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