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I've heard an advertisement for an
herbal breast enhancer; could it really work?
I have heard and seen ads and products
for both male and female "enhancing" products. They promise to
be safe, effective and side-effect free. That should be your first
"red flag" warning. Herbal supplements are best viewed as
herbal "medications" and naturally have side effects.
Keep in mind the following:
- Herbal products are not regulated for
safety or effectiveness. So what you think may be a breast
enhancement product, might not contain any active ingredients at
- Breast size is determined by genetics.
Exercise can help enlarge the chest muscles, and having good posture
is also helpful in appearing more buxom, but there are no over the
counter products that can enlarge breasts safely or effectively. If
there w ere such products on the market, just think about all the
breast surgeries that could be eliminated!
- I would be concerned about some
products containing or being contaminated with female hormones--ie.
estrogen, a known human carcinogen. Beware of taking any over the
counter hormonal therapies without informing your doctor
- Being happy with one's own body,
regardless of it's shape or size is critical. You may want to
explore body image with a professional counselor.
- For information on
diet/supplement fraud, go to: www.quackwatch.com
Information on this particular topic can be located at the following
Melinda Hemmelgarn, M.S., R.D., Former
Nutritional Sciences Specialist, University of Missouri-Columbia