"We have read for you": natural remedies for endometriosis.
After reading the post "The endometriosis: this stranger" many of you asked me if there is an alternative approach to classic therapies.
As I often say, the diet is very important and for some years, it has been observed that women who follow an anti-inflammatory diet have managed to obtain excellent benefits.
It is important to follow a food lifestyle by trying to:
• Avoid the daily intake of foods with a high insulinemic index • Avoid foods with a high glycemic index on a daily basis • Avoid the excessive use of salt, preferring instead the spices and aromatic anti-inflammatory herbs such as: ginger, turmeric and parsley • Eliminate or consume dairy products as little as possible (excluding yogurt and ricotta) • Decrease gluten intake (do not eliminate it completely rather alternate it with rice, spelt, corn, etc.) • Increase consumption of mainly raw vegetables • Avoid red meat (limited to 300 grams a week) • Avoid soy, oats, sage, aloe
Since this is a correct lifestyle to be undertaken and not a diet to be followed to the letter, it is important not to completely eliminate some foods, but eat in moderation using mostly common sense. We know that some nutritional deficiencies can lead to changes in lipid metabolism and oxidative stress that can aggravate endometriosis. For this reason, you should prefer foods rich in omega 3, quercetin with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, supplementation of N-acetylcysteine, vitamin D, in addition to good consumption of fruit, some vegetables (always preferring those from organic farming) that seem have a positive effect on the disease.
The best supplements are those that contain:
• Quercetin: an antioxidant that belongs to the flavonoid family, present in various plants and seeds, with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory action that inhibits the secretion of histamine, tryptase and interleukins by mast cells. It is often used to counteract cellular aging caused by free radicals in the blood. This brings benefits for general health as well as "just" endometriosis. In a very recent study carried out in vivo and in vitro, it has been shown a reduction of endometriotic lesions in the murines.
• Turmeric: it is a plant that belongs to the Zingiberaceae family. It has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and also has a depurative action.
• Omega 3 and Omega 6: they are essential polyunsaturated fatty acids useful for the correct functionality of all tissues and for brain development. These fats cannot be synthesized by our body, therefore they must be integrated with the diet.
• Bromelain: has proven anti-inflammatory and anti-oedema efficacy with reduced levels of prostaglandins.
• Rodiola and scutellaria: through action on some brain mediators, modulating neurological transmission of pain.
• Alpha-lipoic-acid: also known as thioctic acid, it is a fatty acid among the most powerful natural antioxidants. It counteracts the action of free radicals, which are nothing more than free oxygen molecules that can damage cells. This can be used to improve the physiological conditions in various diseases caused by oxidative stress.
• N-Acetylcysteine: simply called NAC, is a very effective active ingredient. For decades it has been underestimated if we consider its incredible antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties. Scientists have begun to consider it far more than an anti-flu, fortunately, when they realized its ability to regenerate glutathione, one of the most powerful natural antioxidants in our body. Therefore, from a simple mucolytic, NAC has been re-evaluated for its anti-inflammatory efficacy.
Reading some articles, I was surprised because about 46% of the diseases studied before and after NAC, showed extraordinary signs of improvement in patients. I have often talked about its disruptive power in the presence of pathogenic biofilms. However, one of the main beneficial activities is the ability to modulate the response of genes to inflammation signals. In short, N-acetylcysteine helps our genes to react in the right way to pro-inflammatory molecules. This is why it is useful in case of rheumatoid arthritis and other chronic inflammatory diseases. In a recent study, excellent results were achieved in patients with endometriosis. We have seen that after three-month intake of NAC, there was a reduction in the size of endometrial cysts and pain, so much so that a good part of the examined people cancelled the programmed laparoscopy.
There are many supplements of natural origin that have anti-inflammatory effect: enzymes such as bromelain, antioxidants such as quercetin, modulators of pain mediators such as palmitoylethanolamide (PEA), rhodiola and scutellaria, which are part of various products available on the market, are useful in the control of painful symptoms. Many people have found great benefits with the use of Cistiquer, widely used throughout Italy to counter interstitial cystitis, bladder pain syndrome and micturition discomfort, often also related to endometriosis.
The psychological and emotional component is undoubtedly part of the disease, reason why it should not be neglected. You can work with relaxation techniques, pilates, meditation, yoga, aromatherapy and endless other methods, to be choosen also based on your personality.
There is some scientific evidence on the role of acupuncture and phytotherapy in the management of pain and on improving the quality of life of women with endometriosis.
These therapies can be used simultaneously with conventional therapies or during an initial spontaneous pregnancy research following the suspension of hormone therapies.
A particular sign in the identikit of the disease is chronic fatigue. Magnesium supplements can be very helpful! I got a positive feedback in the constant use of 7 + by Deakos, which, in addition to magnesium, contains other six precious minerals, useful for the correct acid-base balance of the organism: Zinc-Magnesium-Potassium-Calcium-Copper-Manganese-Selenium. This, in addition to counteract fatigue, greatly improves the symptoms of some chronic and intestinal diseases (intestinal resections, malabsorption syndromes, Crohn's disease, ulcerative rectocolitis), thyroid and parathyroid diseases, acidosis even as a result of debilitating surgical interventions or chronic diseases.