Violet - Premenstrual Breast Discomfort Daily Iodine - 30 Tablets
Violet Iodine Premenstrual Breast Discomfort alleviates tenderness, aches and swelling. Violet Iodine Premenstrual Breast Discomfort is a revolution in women's breast health.
It's a daily regimen that alleviates the symptoms you experience with your monthly cycle – like breast tenderness, aches, heaviness and swelling. Violet iodine doesn't just mask the discomfort temporarily; it actually promotes better breast health. When you take a simple pill every day the result is true relief and reassurance that you're proactively taking care of your breasts.
Get the burden of breast discomfort off your chest. With Violet iodine you're just 60 days away from the start of a "new normal" – a life where breast discomfort doesn't get in the way.
Premenstrual breast discomfort and how it relates to breast health
Symptoms vary from woman to woman, but there are some telltale signs that most women with this condition can relate to:
- Your breasts become tender to the touch when your period is coming.
- Your breasts may feel heavy, swollen and lumpy or even dense and hard. You cringe at the thought of hugging and avoid intimacy.
- You forego certain types of exercise and change sleeping positions because it hurts or feels uncomfortable.
- You have to upsize your bra and wear non-restrictive clothing or wear a sports bra all day!
This condition is benign but the discomfort is very real. Fortunately, there is finally a solution to end the suffering.
Breast Health Starts Here
The once-daily, non-hormone supplement to promote breast health and alleviate monthly breast discomfort.
The first step in promoting good breast health is to know how "the girls" normally look and feel.
Breasts come in all shapes and sizes and can change in many ways throughout the course of your lifetime – through puberty, pregnancy, breastfeeding, menopause, and aging. But even from month to month your breasts may feel differently due to your menstrual cycle. The more aware you become of your breasts' unique and changing characteristics, the easier it will be for you to pick up on something that needs to be examined.
Breast health isn't something you should just think about during your annual checkup – instead, make sure your breasts get the attention they deserve every day. Proactively taking care of them is easy and should be part of your overall health regimen.
Breast Health Tips
Here are some simple things you can do to promote breast health. (The girls will thank you!)
The Right Bra Matters.
Most women are not wearing a bra that fits properly so lymphatic drainage is impeded, interfering with cellular health. Have a bra expert measure you, especially if you have recently gained or lost weight, had a baby, or have been breastfeeding. A bra without underwire support allows for less pressure on the breasts when exercising, it's important to wear a sports bra. Repeated bouncing and movement can cause your breasts to stretch and sag and it can also cause pain. The best choice is a sports bra that compresses and encapsulates your breasts to combat both up & down and side to side movements.
Eating fresh, whole foods – as close to their natural form as possible – will help you avoid estrogen-like compounds found in food packaging plastics, additives, canned foods/drinks and soy products, which have been linked to an increased risk of breast cancer. Some great "clean" choices include: broccoli, beans, plums, walnuts and salmon. A high-fat diet can encourage the body to produce too much estrogen, so stick to a low fat diet by decreasing consumption of meat and dairy products.
Drink more water.
Everyone knows there are tons of benefits to staying hydrated. But you should know that coffee, tea, soft drinks, wine, and beer all contain methylxanthines – chemicals that trigger the increased production of stress hormones. These hormones are linked to breast lumps and tenderness, and studies show that reducing or eliminating such drinks – and replacing them with good old H2O – can diminish symptoms.
Smoking has been linked to a variety of chronic health problems. Women who smoke have a 30% higher risk of breast cancer than women who never smoked.
Give yourself a massage.
Breasts benefit from proper circulation and what is called "tissue mobilization" for optimum health – a regular self-massage can increase circulation and help break up fibrous tissue. Try 50-100 light circular motions in each direction over the breast tissue and gently rub over the entire breast and underarm area to circulate the lymph glands and restore the flow of energy.
De-Stress and Exercise.
Find a way to relax and release stress every day using exercises like yoga or meditation. Incorporate a few "chestercises" to keep your chest in shape:
- Push-ups: Traditional or with knees bent, push-ups use your bodyweight as resistance to strengthen the chest. You can also do this against a wall.
- Palm press: Feel the pressure in your pectoral muscle when you press palms together and hold five-seconds. Repeat 10+ times.
Breastfeeding has been shown to have numerous long-term benefits to mothers including optimizing metabolic function, less risk of osteoporosis, and less risk of reproductive cancers.
Stand up straight.
Hunching your shoulders can lead to a loss of flexibility in the chest muscles resulting in sagging over time. Stand and walk straighter – you get the added benefit of breasts that instantly look bigger and perkier.
Perform routine breast self-exams (BSE).
Self-examination takes just a few minutes and can be a critical step in maintaining breast health. The best time to perform a BSE is after your period when swelling and tenderness are at a minimum.
If you're over 40, make sure to schedule mammograms annually.
While most breast changes are benign, you should call your doctor if you notice nipple discharge, rashes, lumps, thickening of the skin, changes in size or shape of your breasts, inversion of the nipple or pain in the breast or armpit areas.
If you have breast tenderness, swelling, aches and heaviness with your menstrual cycle, you might have fibrocystic breast condition—a very common condition which affects approximately 50% of women during childbearing years. While you may have always accepted this discomfort as normal, it no longer has to interfere with your daily activities.
About Fibrocystic Breast Changes
Premenstrual breast discomfort is a reality for half of all women ages 15-49.
The generally accepted term to describe breast discomfort caused by the influx of hormones during the menstrual cycle is called fibrocystic breast condition (FBC). Previously referred to as "fibrocystic breast disease," the terminology was changed due to the fact that the breast changes are benign (harmless). Healthcare professionals now prefer to refer to the condition as "fibrocystic breasts," "fibrocystic breast changes" or "fibrocystic breast condition."
Cause and Symptoms
The condition affects millions of women every month – a cycle of breast tenderness, aches, swelling, heaviness and, for many, even acute pain caused by high levels of estrogen and prolactin. While it's best known for its role in the production of milk, prolactin also causes breast cells to build up month after month with each menstrual cycle. This buildup results in swollen breast tissue, which can develop into lumps and masses that put pressure on surrounding nerves, leading to breast discomfort that can last anywhere from several days to a few weeks each month. This discomfort may interfere significantly with intimacy, clothing selection, exercise and even routine social activities.*
Healthcare professionals will typically first physically examine the breasts for lumps and irregularities. A sample of breast tissue may be needed to obtain an accurate diagnosis, but mammograms or breast ultrasound exams can also pick up the signs of a fibrocystic breast. Lymph nodes (in armpit) may be affected in some women as the lymph nodes form part of the breast tissue.
Previously, healthcare professionals have not been able to prescribe their patients an effective remedy to address breast discomfort without side effects. Natural remedies such as limiting caffeine and supplementing with vitamin E have not been clinically demonstrated to work.
However, now scientists have confirmed that molecular iodine is clinically demonstrated to be effective in alleviating the most common symptoms of fibrocystic breast condition, including tenderness, aches, heaviness and swelling.
Breast discomfort is a common complaint among women of reproductive age and can have a number of different causes.
Many times it is the result of puberty, menstruation, pregnancy or menopause, but in rare instances could be due to something more serious. Benign breast conditions include both cyclic mastalgia and fibrocystic breast condition.
In cyclic mastalgia pain increases during the menstrual cycle. Women often notice symptoms every month in the days or weeks leading up to their periods and experience relief only after their period begins. The discomfort may be in one or both breasts, and may range in severity from woman to woman and month to month.
Fibrocystic Breast Condition
The cause of FBC has been linked to the imbalance of hormone levels such as progesterone, estrogen and prolactin. This imbalance causes cell growth in the breast tissue to exceed natural cell turnover (apoptosis), and becomes more severe with time. The condition tends to start to diminish at menopause. Typical symptoms can include light to severe swelling, aches, tenderness and heaviness and can be felt anywhere from the breast to the underarm area. Fibrocystic breast condition (FBC) is also characterized by fluid filled cysts that may become more tender throughout the menstrual cycle. Commonly felt during a breast self-exam, these lumps have a bumpy (cobblestone) or rope-like texture.
Chronic Breast Pain
Breast pain can be noncyclic, meaning it is not affected by hormones and could be something more serious. If you experience any of the following symptoms, you should contact a physician:
- Persistent, unexplained breast pain
- Lumps with the onset of pain or a lump that does not go away after your menstrual period
- Blood or discharge from nipple
- Signs of a breast infection, including redness, rash, pus or fever
Iodine deficiency may contribute to fibrocystic breast condition.
The Role of Iodine in the Body (…and the Breast)
Iodine's primary role in the body is in the creation of the thyroid hormones, T3 and T4. The thyroid absorbs iodine to make and release these hormones into the blood. In addition to supporting proper thyroid function, iodine has other important effects, including maintenance of healthy breasts. Iodine-deficient breast tissue is an underlying cause of fibrocystic breast condition. Multiple studies show that iodine supplementation reduces indications of this condition.
Forms of Iodine
There are two primary forms of iodine for human consumption: iodide (I-) and molecular iodine (I2).
In chemistry, iodine is an unstable element, which means that it reacts with its surrounding environment and loses its useful properties during oxidization (reacting with oxygen). For this reason, scientists combine potassium with iodide to form potassium iodide (KI), a stable form of iodine, which the body can then use.
The thyroid more readily absorbs I- over I2, which can lead to a change in delicate hormone levels in the thyroid. Iodine from I2 is absorbed into the thyroid at a lower rate than iodine from iodide and at a higher rate into breast tissue making molecular iodine the preferred form for breast health. Following a series of uncontrolled clinical studies with different forms of iodine, Drs. Ghent, Eskin, Low and Hill concluded: "These results indicate the superiority of molecular iodine over iodides when treating fibrocystic breast disease."
In the developed world, iodine deficiency has increased more than fourfold over the past 40 years. In the United States alone, iodine intakes dropped by 50% between 1971 and 2001. This is likely due to the fact that over the last several decades the amount of iodine found in food has decreased significantly while many substances that inhibit iodine uptake have become mainstream.
How Much Iodine Do I Need?
The US recommended dietary allowance (RDA) for iodine is 150-290 micrograms (mcg) for adults, while the Food and Nutrition Board of the Institute of Medicine has set the tolerable upper limit at 1,100 mcg. These guidelines may be inadequate to address certain health conditions because 60-80% of a person's iodine intake is absorbed by non-thyroidal tissues, such as breast tissue.
By way of comparison, the average daily Japanese consumption of iodine ranges from 13,800 mcg (13.8 mg) to 45,000 mcg (45 mg) of iodine (mostly because seaweed is a staple of the Japanese diet and coincidently contains large amounts of iodine). The most notable benefit is the fact that Japanese women have breast cancer rates roughly one-third of those found in American women, a difference that diminishes in Japanese women who immigrate to the US, where they consume considerably less seaweed or other forms of iodine in their diet.
Daily iodine doses of 3,000-6,000 mcg have been used safely in studies of people with other iodine deficiency-related health conditions such as polycystic breast disease.
Is Iodine Safe?
- Clinical studies have demonstrated safety and efficacy of molecular iodine over multi-month and multi-year daily use.
- Excess iodine does not build up in the body the way other heavy metals do. Iodine is water soluble and excess iodine is flushed from the body.
How Does Molecular Iodine work?
In women with fibrocystic breast condition, the relationship between cell growth and cell death is out of balance, which leads to excess breast tissue resulting in breast discomfort. Molecular iodine has been demonstrated to normalize this imbalance and consequently alleviate the associated symptoms of breast tenderness, swelling, heaviness and aches, while promoting breast health.
Clinical studies have shown that a daily regimen of molecular iodine can provide relief from cyclic breast discomfort. Molecular iodine has been used in clinical trials of 1476 women. A recent study showed that up to 74% of women experienced improvement in their breast discomfort.
The Violet Story
"I've suffered from menstrual-related breast pain for as long as I care to remember. The swelling and tenderness that came before and during my period—sometimes lasting up to 10 days every month— often interfered with my day-to-day activities like running and even the clothes I would wear. Sometimes I would even change my clothes over and over because nothing felt right. With age, my pain grew worse, but doctors assured me that everything was "normal" and that nothing was wrong. The doctors did suggest I cut out caffeine and to start taking vitamins, but nothing was effective at resolving all of my symptoms.
"At age 40, I found a lump in my breast. I immediately feared the worst. My doctor sent me in for scans, but I still had no conclusive diagnosis. That was when they performed a fine needle aspiration. My doctor told me I had several benign cysts and that there was no further treatment.
"While I was greatly relieved the lump wasn't breast cancer, I was still discouraged and beyond frustrated that my monthly pain remained and that my cysts may return. I always wondered if other women experienced the same problem, and what they did about it. We've all just been dealing with it in silence for years!
"While exploring technologies for BioPharmX, I was presented with a unique, new formulation that could address the very symptoms I, and millions of other women, have been living with for so long. After additional research and clinical testing and confirming it worked on my own symptoms, it was then I discovered that 50% of women have similar (or worse) symptoms, and that we've all been told that it's a normal part of menstruation— that there's nothing we can do about it, short of taking pain medication and wearing sports bras. I knew I had uncovered the solution that so many women could benefit from— not only to help alleviate monthly symptoms, but also to provide a proactive way to care for our breasts every day.
"With that, the Violet pill was born."
—Anja Krammer, President & Co-Founder