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Mamonite:  Can Herbal Remedies Increase Bust Size?

Moriah Scarbrough

Date: 9/20/06

 

What is Mamonite?

            Pick up any major fashion or entertainment magazine and you are sure to find an above average amount of ‘well endowed’ women.  In general, women usually deem their breast size to be too small, and men also tend to appreciate a larger breast size, but not as large as women think (Tantleff-Dunn 2001).  Due to media coverage focusing on fun and friendly women with larger breasts, the trend of breast augmentation, and negative self-image if one has smaller breasts, continues (Tantleff-Dunn 2001).  While breast augmentation surgery, has been around for over 40 years    (http://www.breastimplantsafety.org/BreastAugmentation/procedure.php) and is one of the top five elective procedures chosen (http://www.plasticsurgery.org/public_education/loader.cfm?url=/commonspot/security/getfile.cfm&PageID=17870), alternatives have been on the market for quite a while as well. 

Mamonite (http://www.mamonite.com/index.htm) lauds itself as a “natural herbal supplement” used for “breast development.”  Marketed towards smaller-chested women, or any woman who is unhappy with the size or firmness of her bust, this product claims to be a safe and natural alternative to surgery.

 

How it claims to work

            Mamonite uses a combination of ten herbs, amino acids, and “phytochemicals” (http://www.mamonite.com/ingredients.htm) to enhance size and suppleness of the breasts.  Most of the ingredients claim to be either ‘hormone balancing,’ ‘hormone production stimulating,’ or even to exhibit ‘estrogenic effects.’  Put simply, the site says that Mamonite stimulates hormone production, then aids to balance the hormones produced, and makes sure they are used efficiently.  If that were not enough, Mamonite also helps to stimulate muscle growth, reduce body fat, and reverse the breakdown process of the mammary gland.

 

Actual Uses and Effects of Ingredients

·       Blessed Thistle – The main anecdotal usages for this herb are to fight bacterial or viral infections, and gas.  Research on humans and animals in this area find there to be no good evidence for this use.  Lately it has been tried as a cancer fighting agent, but again, no benefit has been found.  It does however, seem to increase stomach acid production, and when taken for too long, can cause stomach aches, and increase the risk of bleeding.

·       Damiana – Damiana is mostly used as an aphrodisiac, and actually seems to work with some small effect at widening blood vessels.  It also seems to affect blood sugar, but scientists still are not completely sure how.  No medical evidence states any interaction with female hormones or production.  However, if one is diabetic, damiana will cause harm by interacting with blood sugar levels.  On a less severe note, it also causes headaches in some people.

·       Dong Quai – This herb does tend to have estrogen-like effects in some animals, but in human studies these results were inconclusive.  The Chinese used this herb for years to help with gynecological complaints.  But whether or not it helped there is also inconclusive.  Dong quai does have anticoagulant effects and so may cause more risk for bleeding.  This herb also affects blood sugar due to high sucrose content.

·       Fennel Seed – Fennel is used in a wide variety of areas, everything from colic to pain reduction.  Fennel does not seem to have any interaction with estrogens, and also no estrogen-like effects.  Because fennel is often a food ingredient, it is relatively safe, but does have some drug interactions for Cipro-like drugs.

·       Fenugreek Extract – Generally speaking, fenugreek is used as a mild and natural laxative.  It is also thought to affect blood sugar and cholesterol levels, though this has not been proven.  Any other effect of this herb has not been studied enough for sufficient evidence on usage.  Fenugreek can cause gas, and diarrhea, and if taken while pregnant, miscarriage.

·       Kelp – Kelp is thought to be helpful in a wide variety of areas.  Since the plant contains lots of iodine it does seem to have positive effects on the thyroid.  However, the amount, and therefore the effect have not been standardized and therefore this should be taken lightly.  Since the thyroid has control over metabolism, kelp very well may also help with weight loss, but the safety and effects have not been measured.  If there is too much iodine in the preparation, thyroid problems may occur.  Chronic use may increase risk of bleeding, and also have somewhat of a laxative effect.

·       L-Tyrosine – This amino acid is a base for neurotransmitters, and is thought to help in depression.  Because it is a building block for proteins it was thought to help in sports endurance, but further testing showed no evidence for this.  Tyrosine does seem to have an effect on mental alertness, in scientific studies.  If the dosage is too high, it can cause nausea, and diarrhea.

·       Mother’s Wort – Mother’s Wort does seem to affect the uterus, particularly where menstruation comes in to play.  Mother’s Wort also is used to help with menopausal symptoms.  Laboratory studies show that this herb helps in the lowering of blood pressure.  Generally this herb is harmless, and may only cause drowsiness and an upset stomach.

·       Saw Palmetto – Saw Palmetto is amazingly effective in treating symptoms of enlarged prostates.  It has been shown to have some estrogenic effects, and is sometimes used as a natural menstrual pain reliever.  The problems with Saw Palmetto include nausea, diarrhea, and bad breath.  It also increases risk of bleeding when taken with other supplements that increase the risk, which a lot of the other supplements in this pill do.  Ironically, this herb’s estrogenic effects may alter the estrogen-like effects of other herbal supplements, making them less effective.

·       Wild Yam Extract – Scientific studies completely debunk the estrogenic effects of Wild Yam.  This herb does absolutely nothing in that area.  It does seem to lower blood sugar somewhat, like a few other herbs on this list.

 

The “Big” Picture

            Based on the effects of the different ingredients in Mamonite, this herbal breast enhancement pill should work about as well as any placebo would.  I would venture to say this natural remedy has the possibility of being harmful for you, as many of the herbs in it affect blood sugar levels, and increase risk for bleeding.  The site pushes buying a three month to one year supply of Mamonite (http://www.mamonite.com/ordering_mamorizon.htm), but most of the ingredients have adverse effects if taken for too long of a duration.  The one ingredient that has any hormonal effects actually suppresses the alleged effects of the other ingredients.  All in all, anyone looking to enhance their chest is better off practicing those increasing exercises their friends told them about in junior high school.

 

Mamonite is a Bust

            Just exploring the website alone is enough to tell you that there is nothing great about this product.  Testimonials show pictures of women at flattering angles, or resting their arms to give themselves a boost, and there are not even any ‘before’ and ‘after’ shots.  The “reviews” section sends you to three other sites whose reviews consist of saying “very positive feedback from users of this product.”  There is nothing said about the actual effectiveness of the treatment.  When you go to “compare” the different pills, it sends you to the same three websites, where no real information of value is given.  If you have at least $140 to spare, then try it at your own risk, but the money would be better spent buying a water bra, gel bra, or wonder bra.  Or, just save your money and enjoy your breasts the way they are.

 

References:

 

Online Sources:

 

  1. http://www.breastimplantsafety.org/BreastAugmentation/procedure.php
  2. http://www.plasticsurgery.org/public_education/loader.cfm?url=/commonspot/security/getfile.cfm&PageID=17870
  3. http://www.mamonite.com/index.htm
  4. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginformation.html
  5. http://www.drugdigest.org/DD/DVH/Herbs/0,3913,,00.html
  6. http://healthlibrary.epnet.com/GetContent.aspx?token=e0498803-7f62-4563-8d47-5fe33da65dd4&chunkiid=33802

 

Other Sources:

           

Tantleff-Dunn, Stacey.  (2001).  Breast and Chest Size: Ideals and Stereotypes through

the 1990’s.  Sex Roles 45 (3-4), 231 – 242.

 

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