What are pancreatic cysts?
Firstly, before we can discuss the treatment of pancreatic cysts, we should discuss what they are. A cyst is a pocket-like growth that contains fluid. In the pancreas, different types of cysts can occur. Two common types of pancreatic cysts are mucinous or serous cystadenoma. Serous cystadenoma contains thin, clear fluid and usually considered non-cancerous. On the other hand, mucinous cystadenoma contains mucus and is potentially cancerous.
Pseudocysts are another condition that can be mistaken for actual cysts. These also have fluid, but do not have the same epithelial lining as serous or mucinous cystadenoma. Pseudocysts are not considered harmful, however, and are usually due to pancreatitis.
Natural treatment options for pancreatic cysts
While pancreatic cysts usually do not require much treatment, large cysts may cause pain and discomfort. Although uncommon, some cysts can transition into cancer. Typically, treatment involves surveillance of the cyst and if indicated, surgical removal of the cyst.
Aside from watching and waiting, natural treatment options for pancreatic cysts include watching your diet and maintaining general health. Like with most diseases, including cancer, proper diet and exercise can improve vitality and boost your immune system.
The exact cause of pancreatic cysts is not known, but conditions like pancreatitis can be associated with cyst formation. A low-fat diet, ideally less than 50 grams per day, is best for patients with pancreatic diseases. Smaller, more frequent meals are preferred than large, heavy meals. Also try to include fat-soluble vitamin supplements or eat more food that contains vitamins A, D, E, and K. Some food that are rich in these vitamins are: