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A study from Brigham and Women’s hospital (BWH) indicates that a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids may prevent the development of endometriosis and too many trans-fats may actually cause it. Endometriosis is a condition that affects up 15% of women and can cause debilitating symptoms.
Holistic or “alternative” medical practitioners often prescribe omega 3’s for reducing or eliminating pain and inflammation. This study did not look at dietary fat intake in regard to treating endometriosis but women affected with it may benefit from increasing omega-3’s and reducing Omega-6’s in their diet.
The cause of endometriosis is unknown but several theories include endometrial cells that travel through the bloodstream, hormonal imbalance, and genetic predisposition. Women who have the condition sometimes show no symptoms but others may suffer with significant pain, nausea, constipation, anemia, or other unpleasant symptoms.
The best approach for treatment is balanced and holistic with diet, exercise, massage therapy, medication, and other tools.
Holistic medicine does offer some general guidelines to discuss with your doctor:
Supplements to talk to your doctor about:
Exercise and stress management
Endometriosis symptoms can become so intense that they significantly interfere with a woman’s quality of life but with a balanced approach to diet, lifestyle, and medication many women find relief.