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Publication type: Journal Article

Fugh-Berman A.
"Bust enhancing" herbal products.
Obstet Gynecol 2003 Jun; 101:(6):1345-9
http://www.greenjournal.org/cgi/content/full/101/6/1345


Abstract:

“Bust enhancing” herbal products are widely advertised. No clinical trials have been published. These products contain a variety of ingredients, including grains, hops, saw palmetto, dong quai, chaste-tree berry, wild yam, kava, fennel, black cohosh, and fenugreek. Several of these herbs are hormonally active; for example, hops contain 8-prenylnaringenin, a phytoestrogen that is more potent than other dietary phytoestrogens. Many bust-enhancing dietary supplements contain substrates for Fusarium, a fungus that produces zearalenone, a potent estrogen that has been associated with breast enlargement in humans and other species. The use of bust-enhancing products should be discouraged because of lack of evidence for efficacy and long-term safety concerns

Keywords:
Animals Breast/anatomy & histology Breast/drug effects* Dietary Supplements Estrogens, Non-Steroidal/pharmacology Estrogens, Non-Steroidal/therapeutic use Female Fusarium Humans Isoflavones* Phytoestrogens Phytotherapy* Plant Preparations/therapeutic use*

 

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- William Osler 1909