The Right Diet to Cure Endometriosis?

Endometriosis is a chronic long term systemic disease, that very likely will resolve in menopause for many women.

Since inflammation worsens endometriosis, and the wrong diet can worsen inflammation; we at Women’s Health Practice advise all endometriosis patients to be mindful of their diet.

In new studies in Journal of Aging Research in Clinical Practice, and in Reproductive Sciences diet had strong impact on endometriosis pain, progression, and infertility.

Avoiding read meat, sweets, animal fat and sugary drinks is important for those with endometriosis.

If you have to pick a diet the best is Mediterranean diet, and if that is not possible due to time, cost of the food, or food tastes, then consider at least 6 months of supplements known to be helpful with endometriosis.

Vitamin D, A, C, E, B3, and Omega-3s are all beneficial for endometriosis. Turmeric or it’s derivatives may be helpful as well. For those diets endometriosis may not be cured, but the pain of endometriosis can be lessened significantly to the point that other management is not necessary.

There are others who have shown that other more restrictive diets low in gluten, low in nickel, and low in fermentable components may be helpful. For such a restrictive diet it may be helpful to meet with a nutritionist so that you make sure that all your nutrient needs are met when eliminating whole food groups.

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Suzanne Trupin, MD, Board Certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist and owner of Women's Health Practice, Hada Cosmetic Medicine, and Hatha Yoga and Fitness

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