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Review
. 2003 Jun;101(6):1345-9.
doi: 10.1016/s0029-7844(03)00362-4.

"Bust Enhancing" Herbal Products

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"Bust Enhancing" Herbal Products

Adriane Fugh-Berman. Obstet Gynecol. .

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.

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