Gynecomastia is a problem that is seen in a lot of men these days. It is a condition where men develop enlarged breasts like women as a result of hormonal imbalance in the body. When the estrogen levels dominate the count of testosterone levels in men, it is possible that he may develop man boobs.
Gynecomastia can affect either one or both the breasts. Swollen breast glandular tissue and breast tenderness are the most common symptoms that confirm you’re having male breasts. If you see any swelling or discharge from your nipples, then it’s high time that you consult a doctor for medical advice.
There are many reasons for the hormonal imbalance, which include – aging, puberty, low testosterone, hyperthyroidism, radiation treatment, steroids, hypogonadism, chemical exposure, marijuana, over consumption of alcohol, kidney failure, side effects of medication or drugs and overweight.
In order to get rid of man boobs permanently, the best viable option is to undergo Gynecomastia surgery. But, not everyone will be able to afford the surgery and hence in this article, we’ll be discussing the several natural remedies to treat manboobs at home.
Home Remedies for Gynecomastia aka Male Breasts
As we mentioned in our earlier article, turmeric cures Gynecomastia and is a well-known home remedy used by the Indians since ages. The spice used in the Indian recipes is best known for its awesome ability to increase testosterone hormone levels in men. When the testosterone levels overtake the count of estrogens in the body, the enlarged breasts will naturally vanish forever. Turmeric is also said to burn fat and promoting liver health.
How to use Turmeric to Lose Man Boobs?
Take a cup of water and add 1 or 2 teaspoons of turmeric to it. Heat the mixture for about 10 minutes. Drink this mixture twice or thrice a day and compulsorily once before going to sleep. Repeat this every day for a few weeks until you notice the changes in your man breast size.
In case you’re not comfortable with drinking this mixture, you may also take the turmeric capsules that are available at the herbal medical stores.
But make sure to get an advice from your doctor about using the turmeric as a remedy for man boobs, if you’re having stomach problems like GERD or gallbladder problems, because turmeric consumption may worsen these problems.
#2. Fish Oil
The omega-3 fatty acids are excellent in helping with the production of testosterone hormones and Fish are rich in omega-3s.
How to use Fish oil to treat man boobs?
You can either take fish oil supplements or directly consume omega-3 supplements to increase the testosterone count in your body.
In case if you don’t like to take the supplements, then you can directly have the fish in your dinner. Consider Salmon, Tuna and Mackerel for best results.
While the non-vegetarians can opt for fish or fish oil to get omega-3s, the vegetarians can consider including the flaxseeds in their diet. Yes! Flaxseeds are also rich in omega-3 fatty acids. They’re also rich in lignans that help in balancing the activities of estrogen and possess antiestrogenic properties.
How to use Flaxseeds to cure man breasts?
Using a coffee grinder, take 1 tbsp of flaxseeds and grind them into a fine powder. Add this powder to a glass of warm water and drink it. You should do this daily until you see the results.
You can also store this grounded powder in an airtight container and refrigerate it for future use. To satisfy taste buds, you can sprinkle this flaxseed powder onto the foods or fruit juices you consume every day.
People who don’t like to consume flaxseed in powdered form can also consider taking 1 or 2 tbsp of flaxseed oil daily for a few weeks.
There are many causes, but if your Gynecomastia is caused by low testosterone levels in particular, then you should consider including the zinc-based foods in your diet to treat them. Zinc increases testosterone hormone levels naturally.
Foods rich in Zinc include – fortified breakfast cereal, oysters, yogurt, cashews, raisins, lobster and chickpeas.
If you don’t like these foods, try to take the zinc supplements, but consult your doctor and seek an advice before doing so.
#5. Passion Flower
Thanks to its testosterone boosting properties, the passion flower helps in treating Gynecomastia naturally.
How to use Passion Flower to get rid of enlarged breasts in men?
Collect the leaves of a passion flower, dry it and steep them in a cup of water for about 10 minutes. Strain the leaves and drink the herbal tea 2 or 3 times a day.
#6. Milk Thistle
If liver disease is the cause of your condition called Gynecomastia, then you can opt for Milk thistle treatment. It is known for improving the liver functionality, thanks to its active constituent silymarin.
How to lose moobs using milk thistle?
Crush a tablespoon of milk thistle seeds and add them in bowl along with 3 cups of water. Boil this mixture for about 15 minutes, switch off the stove and steep for 20 minutes. Once it is cooled down, strain and add a teaspoon of honey. You should drink this mixture twice a day for at least a few weeks to notice the results.
It is also available in supplement form. Ask your doctor for correct dosage.
#7. Epsom Salt Bath
You can easily balance your hormones by having an Epsom salt bath. Other benefits include water retention and detoxification.
Boil a tub of bath water until warm and add 2 cups of Epsom salt in it. Stir the water until all the salt is dissolved. Immerse (soak) yourself in this water for about 15 minutes. Doing so will help with hormonal balancing. Repeat this process thrice a week for better results.
Warning: People who’re having high blood pressure and heart problems are advised not to try this home remedy.
This Gynecomastia reducing herb is efficient in removing excess water, harmful toxins and excess estrogen from your body.
How to use Dandelion herb for losing man breasts?
Take a cup of hot water and add 1 teaspoon of dandelion (dried). Cover the cup with a lid and let the mixture steep for another 10 minutes. Strain it, and drink this Dandelion tea 2 or 3 times a day until you see the results.
The dandelion is also present in the form of supplements. So, ask your doctor to suggest a proper dosage.
#9. Cold Compress
If you’re suffering from tender or painful breasts, then you can solve the problem by applying cold compresses as it will help in reducing the swelling and pain.
Take a few ice cubes and wrap them in a thin towel. Put this towel on your breasts separately and apply pressure for 1 minute. Repeat this treatment as and when needed.
As we mentioned several times on our blog, there are many man boob exercises that are specifically designed to target the chest and torso muscles. By performing exercises, you can also reduce the overall body fat. If you’re suffering from Pseudo Gynecomastia, a condition where male breasts show up due to the buildup of fat, then below are a few types of activities you should practice every day.
Try to include few of these exercises as a part of your lifestyle – Cardiovascular, weight lifting, swimming, jogging and walking.
That’s all friends! Hope these home remedies for Gynecomastia will help in reducing your man boobs effectively, without wasting huge sum on the surgery.