Nutrition and Endometriosis
Many members of the Endometriosis Association have found that nutrition and endometriosis go hand-in-hand, and vitamins, minerals, and other supplements—including those available through the Endometriosis Association–have helped them achieve better health. By taking supplements and practicing proper nutrition you can support the:
- digestive system
- immune system
- reproductive systems
- improve the body’s healing potential
For more information about natural supplements and nutrition for endomteriosis, see Endometriosis: The Complete Reference for Taking Charge of Your Health, Chapter 5: What You Eat Affects Your Endo, for the full picture of nutrition and endometriosis.
Beneficial Endometriosis Supplements
Based on research we feel the following supplements are the most beneficial for treating the symptoms of endometriosis:
EA Select Fish Oil – Our high-quality fish oil helps increase immune function, improves the regulation of inflammation, lipoprotein metabolism, and brain function, and helps regulates mood. This quality fish oil supplies two omega-3 fatty acids: EPA (Eicosapentaenoic acid), and DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid). It is highly purified, with heavy metals, cholesterol, PCBs, pesticides and other impurities removed. Users also report there is no fishy aftertaste. Buy now.
EA-Select Multiple Vitamin Formula – Our high-quality multiple vitamins sets an excellent foundation for nutritional support. The vitamin supplement we’ve selected contains high-potency amounts of vitamins, minerals, trace elements, antioxidants and natural carotenoids—30 important nutrients in well-absorbed forms. Buy now.
EA-Select Magnesium Glycinate – Magnesium is essential for many metabolic and enzymatic processes, necessary to relax smooth (non-voluntary) muscles. It helps convert carbohydrates, protein, and fats to energy, as well. Magnesium can be depleted by chronic stress, high sodium intake, a high intake of phosphorus (found in carbonated beverages, beef, and food preservatives), and alcoholism. Magnesium deficiency has been found to accompany an allergy to Candida and has been reported in many patients with asthma, multiple chemical sensitivity, and chronic fatigue. Buy now.
EA- Select Buffered C Plus – Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that helps protect against damage caused by free radicals and pollutants. Many women with endometriosis have reported that antioxidants help their symptoms. Vitamin C appears to help balance our immune system defenses, as well as fight the effects of physiological stress, metabolize and detoxify drugs, and support healing of wounds. This formula incorporates the bioflavonoid Pycnogenol,® an antioxidant derived from a pine bark extract that can maximize the benefits of vitamin C by inhibiting its breakdown in the body. Buy now.
EA-Select Antiox-Detox Support – This supplement incorporates glutathione, a powerful antioxidant, and detoxifying amino acid compound. Every system in the body can be affected by the state of the glutathione system, especially the immune system, the nervous system, the gastrointestinal system and the lungs. Buy now.
EA- Select Maximum Formula Probiotic – This supplement aids in restoring balance and reestablishing intestinal health. Over 70% of the immune system resides in the intestinal tract and is clearly problematic for many women with endometriosis. You can read up on “gut dysbiosis” and healing the gut in The Endometriosis Sourcebook and Endometriosis: The Complete Reference for Taking charge of Your Health. Probiotics may be required if the body’s natural bacteria have been compromised in some way. Buy now.
In addition to these supplements, a well-balanced diet, low in sugar and carbohydrates, can also help minimize endometriosis pain. Many women have also reported that avoiding gluten for endometriosis is also helpful. Lastly, consuming more organic fruits and vegetables, along with organic chicken and fish, while avoiding red meats can help limit exposure to certain toxins which have been linked to endometriosis.