"Gynecomastia... is the development of abnormally large mammary glands in males resulting in breast enlargement....The condition can occur physiologically in neonates (due to female hormones from the mother; this is called witches' milk), in adolescence, and in the elderly. In adolescent boys the condition is often a source of distress, but for the large majority of boys whose pubescent gynecomastia is not due to obesity, the breast development shrinks or disappears within a couple of years. The causes of common gynecomastia remain uncertain, although it has generally been attributed to an imbalance of sex hormones or the tissue responsiveness to them; a root cause is rarely determined for individual cases."
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[QUESTION] 05/20/2009: Yamplier from Anaheim, CA: "Male Gynecomastia: I have not seen treatments discussed beyond the surgical realm. Is surgery the only option for pubertal male gynecomastia?"Replies
06/15/2009: Bill from Lemolia, MO replies: "Article related to Gynecomastia and Soy. In this particular case, and in many more, Soy was the obvious cause of Gynecomastia and Increased Estrogen levels in males."
09/12/2009: Larry from Fairfax, Va, Usa replies: "For treatment of gynecomastia, enlarged male breasts, has anybody tried oral supplementation with di-indole methane (DIM), which is said to promote healthy estrogen metabolism? It is a phytonutrient b362 and extracted from cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage and kale."
09/12/2009: Kathy from Dubois, Pa replies: "Just in case you don't know, all cruciferous veggies (cabbage, kale, etc) are thyroid antagonists, so too many unfermented crucifers in your diet will simply make the problem worse. Soy also has a very high phyto-estrogen content, and is a thyroid inhibitor, which could contribute to the problem if you eat soy. Male breast tissue is stimulated by the presense of estrogen, just like female breast tissue is, so it seems like the best thing to do is eliminate the xeno and phyto estrogens from your diet and/or life-style. You might also want to consider taking up weight-lifting, because weight-lifting is one of the best...maybe THE BEST...way to stimulate testosterone production, which is what you need to combat a high-estrogen state, which causes breast enlargement."
09/13/2009: Joyce from Joelton, Tn replies: "For males with breast enlargement:
There are several drugs (prescription medication) that cause enlargement of men's breast. To find out if you are on one or more of them, type the name of the medication in search window and look for unwanted or adverse side effects."
10/16/2009: Steven from Orlando, Fl replies: "Does Ted have any theories/remedies for male gynecomastia? Is surgery the only option?"
[YEA] 12/13/2009: Tj from Dallas, Tx: "Turmeric For Gynecomastia
Turmeric root is minimizing my gynecomastia. I tried weights as i am an avid athlete yet it only creates a negative effect as my chest grows and the gynecomastia becomes more visible. I have been using turmeric root for about six months now and even after the second day, i experienced amazing results. All i do is fill a glass with water, pour two tablespoons of turmeric into it and heat it up for two minutes. Take it out the microwave, stir and drink.. Not as appetizing but done three times daily, ESPECIALLY before bed and you won't believe your results in the morning."Replies
04/06/2011: Djaaronk from San Francisco, Ca, Usa replies: "TJ from Dallas... You posted almost 2 years ago. What kind of results did you have using turmeric for your gynecomastia? I set a date for surgery for mine but would love to try turmeric if it works! Thank you!"
[YEA] 04/08/2011: Mw from St. Petersburg, Fl replies: "A friend of mine who has seen good results turned me on to turmeric, and I started taking 100mg turmeric just 2 weeks ago and the results have been nothing short of miraculous! My bitch tits, which have been a huge source of embarassment to me for years, have literally disappeared and my chest has flattened out. In fact, the area immediately surrounding my nipples has even become slightly indented due to the fat loss. As I am opposed to invasive surgery, I HIGHLY recommend you try turmeric first, you might be amazed at the results."
[YEA] 06/03/2011: T.j. from Dallas, Usa replies: "To Djaaronk from San Francisco, Ca: I no longer have gynecomastia. First I was using the turmeric powder, but I tried turmeric in capsules from Walmart that has everything. And to my surprise, they work just as effectively as the turmeric powder in water, but without the taste. I personally took as many as eight capsules three to five times daily!! Sounds like a lot but it absolutely worked for me with no side effects. They work a whole lot better if you take them right before bed. You will see results even after ten minutes of taking them. Hope this helps, buddy. Good luck."
06/10/2011: Dolphins7 from Youngstown, Ohio, United States replies: "Are you guys serious? this problem has plauged so many people and slightly me and yes working out is... Meh.... Having a big and strong chest does not hide it fully and it is embarrassing. I got turmeric for a scalp issue but will it really help totally eliminate gyne.. How many did you guys take I have the supplement and powder form... whats the better one to use because the taste can be terrible, I find tho it isnt bad in fruit juice in fact you dont really taste it."
06/22/2011: T.j. from Dallas, Texas replies: "Reply to Dolphins7 from Youngstown, Ohio - I know that it is hard to believe, but turmeric is a very simple remedy for your gyne concerns. I use the capsules because I am not excited about the taste. They work incredibly. And you're absolutely right. This problem has plagued so many men who think expensive and painful surgery is the only way to get rid of it. What a shame that such miracles and being kept a secret."
09/03/2011: Manboobs from Sydney, Nsw, Australia replies: "I have just started taking 5 tablespoons of tumeric with water (not heating it) just before bed every night. For the past week I have not noticed any results (and I have only developed gyno recently due to a drug side effect).
I hope this works, but I must admit - it sounds like it's too good to be true. You're not trying to sell anything in your recommendation of tumeric so I assume you mean well but the fact that tumeric isn't associated scientifically with a cure for gyno is reason to keep expectations low.
I will come back and report if I have any changes.
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE, tell me if your gyno was actual breast tissue (i.e. You could feel hardness in your chest like a pebble) or if it was just fat. Because I have actual tissue and nearly no body fat."
09/03/2011: Gavin from Manganui, Northland, New Zealand replies: "It's always good to remember that in men who even drink moderately, the alcohol turns the testosterone into estrogen.. and hence over time one gets man boobs."
09/04/2011: Stonefieldsian from Auckland, New Zealand replies: "Is there any scientific reference?
I have been a regular midium-heavy drinker for 40 years and "the alcohol turns the testosterone into estrogen" doesn't seem to apply to me.
Nevertheless, I admit alcohol MIGHT not be good to general health."
11/08/2011: Tj from Dallas, Texas replies: "Response to Manboobs from Sydney Australia.
It's very unfortunate that you say that turmeric hasn't worked for you to help minimize your "manboobs". It's hard when you hear about a miracle cure that so men have experienced positive feedback from their body, and it doesn't seem to work for someone else. The reality is, there are some things that work for some that don't work for others. But if possible, try the turmeric pills... Works better I think"
11/08/2011: Debbie from Melbourne, Australia replies: "I am just wondering if iodine (lugols) would help you. It balances the hormones in the body. If you are deficient maybe that is why there is a problem in the first place, it is not protecting you. A deficiency is also what causes prostrate cancer (and thyroid issues) so you would be better off taking it anyway."
[YEA] 12/23/2011: Anon from Ohio, USA replies: "Confirming it works.. For me at least, I had my doubts when taking it because it is not immediate.. Read up on it and study it.. I took my with coconut oil I think it makes it better when it comes to absorption."
07/01/2012: Fredy from Delhi, India replies: "Is turmeric taken with milk will have the same result in reducing gyne problem. Is there any side effect of having turmeric on daily basis?"
[YEA] 12/25/2012: Youngdude from London, Uk replies: "The problem I had was my nipples were getting puffy even tho I'm not fat, when I wore t shirts you could see the puffy nipple through my shirts, it was a really embarresing so I'd always wear a vest even when it was hot, I did some research and found a few guys on some bodybuilding forums with the same issues, so I came on here and saw that people were trying turmeric, I bought standardized turmeric capsules meaning they were equivalent to like 10000mg of the actual turmeric powder, went through like 2 containers of about 120 capsules each and after about 2 months my nipples arent puffy anymore I can wear tshirts and it looks normal. So in conclusion I testify that this really does work.. I'm going to continue taking turmeric capsules but just the normal non standardized ones because the other 1's are more expensive because they are standardized... make sure you take a tleast 4 grams of turmeric in capsules per day with fat because it helps the bioavailabilty in your body."
02/28/2013: Sam from Lahore, Punjab replies: "Can I take turmeric powder rather than turmeric capsules? Does it matter?"