There are various individual dietary supplements that will help manage endometriosis. This does not mean you need to take every vitamin listed below, I recommend speaking with a naturopath or doctor about the most optimal combination for your level of severity.
Magnesium is a mineral and is believed to ease cramping with menstruation and headaches. It also assists with maintaining water levels in the gut and can help with the problem of constipation.
Is essential for enzyme activity, helping cells to reproduce that inturn assists with healing. Zinc is also reported to boost the immune system and helping to create an emotional sense of well-being, it is also vital to improve fertility.
Levels of calcium in menstruating women decrease 10 to 14 days before the onset of menstruation. Deficiency may lead to muscle cramps, headache or pelvic pain.
Women with endometriosis tend to have very heavy periods which can lead to an iron deficiency. This can lead to anaemia which is characterized by extreme fatigue and weakness.
B group vitamins
All of the B group vitamins strengthen the liver, and directly assist the body in disposing of excess oestrogen. B group vitamins are important for the breakdown of proteins, carbohydrates and fats in the body. They promote the production of blood cells and strengthen the immune system. B group vitamins are reported to improve the emotional symptoms of endometriosis, and have proved helpful in dealing with PMT
Is well known for boosting the immune system and help provide resistance to disease. It is also used by the body to build and maintain collagen within the body.
Plays an important role by increasing oxygen carrying capacities and also strengthens the immune system. Vitamin E is known to ensure that animals have healthy uterine linings, and it has been used by farmers since the 1930’s. Vitamin E and selenium are believed to work together to prevent damage to cell membranes, and protect against oxidation. Do not take blood thinners like vitamin E during the menstrual period, because they will increase bleeding.
When taken together with vitamin E has been reported to decrease inflammation associated with Endometriosis, as well as immune system booster. Selenium has been historically given to cows by farmers to prevent endometriosis. Endometriosis hinders fertility, so farmers work hard to prevent a disease that results in fewer calves. The best single source of selenium is Brazil nuts, followed by tuna, cod, and meats. It can also be purchased as a supplement.
Omega-3 fatty acids, such as fish oil, 1 – 2 capsules or 1 – 2 tablespoons oil daily, to help decrease inflammation and improve immunity. Talk to a health care provider before taking omega-3 fatty acid supplements if you are taking blood thinning medications, such as aspirin or warfarin (Coumadin).
Due to the link between endometriosis and dioxins, it would be wise to supplement with chlorophyll. Chlorophyll can remove dioxins from the body, and it can be purchased as a liquid concentrate. Nowadays you can get flavoured Chlorophyll to mask the pungent taste.
Folate or folic acid
Folate is necessary for the body to make heme (the iron-containing, non-protein part of hemoglobin) for the red blood cells. Too little folate can cause nutritional megoblastic anemia (large red blood cells that cannot transport oxygen well). It is known to help regulate and balance the hormones. Alcohol reduces the absorption of folic acid, and increases the kidney’s excretion of it. Folic acid assists in the chelation of lead, and helps the body to properly utilize zinc. There is a strong connection between folate and the liver, because liver disease increases the loss of folate.
- Radishes were used in Traditional Chinese Medicine to cure endometriosis, and to fix liver problems, including jaundice. It would be wise to include them in the diet
- Evening Primrose Oil
- Dandelion – strengthens the liver and kidneys.
- Milk thistle is renowned for strengthening the liver.