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Vitamin and/or Nutritional Support to Help with Endometriosis Pain

fish-oil-pillsWe all know that eating well is essential to good body function.  As a society, we are starting to recognize that the symptoms of some acute or chronic illnesses can be helped with nutritional support.  You can’t help your ancestry or DNA, and you might not be able to prevent the illness, but you can control the foods you put into your mouth.   So let’s review a few nutritional pointers that may be helpful for women with gynecological issues like Endometriosis.

Vitamin B:  B vitamins help you process the essential fatty acids that reduce inflammation in the body, and B6 is particularly helpful for pelvic pain.  In fact, people who are deficient in vitamin B6 tend to have more prostaglandins in their body which contribute to inflammation and can cause swelling and pain.

Magnesium:  This is one of the most important of all the minerals (although they are all important).  It helps your muscles relax and can reduce the aches and pains of your period.  People who are deficient in magnesium tend to feel more achy.

Omega 3:  Most Americans get too much Omega 6 and not enough Omega 3; our body needs both but in the proper ratio.  Most processed foods and vegetable oils have a lot of omega 6 and contribute to inflammation, and as a whole we don’t eat enough omega 3 to counteract this.

To help with inflammation and increasing Omega 3s, consider eating fatty fish like wild salmon 3 times a week or taking a fish oil supplement.  To help with the B vitamins, boost your intake of green leafy vegetables or try a B complex.  Magnesium is inexpensive– try a smaller dose for a week, then increase to a full dose (it’s best taken on an empty stomach for best absorption).

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