“Endometriosis is a serious reason behind incapacity and compromised high quality of life in ladies and teenage ladies.” It “is a power illness which is under-diagnosed, under-reported, and under-researched…[and for patients, it] generally is a nightmare of misinformation, myths, taboos, lack of prognosis, and problematic hit-and-miss remedies overlaid by a painful, power, cussed illness.”

Ache is what finest characterizes the illness: ache, painful intercourse, heavy irregular durations, and infertility. About one in a dozen younger ladies undergo from endometriosis, and it accounts for about half the instances of pelvic ache and infertility. It’s attributable to what’s known as “retrograde menstruation”—blood, as an alternative of happening, goes up into the belly cavity, the place tissue of the uterine lining can implant onto different organs. The lesions may be eliminated surgically, however the recurrence fee inside 5 years is as excessive as 50 p.c.

Endometriosis is an estrogen-dependent illness, so would possibly the anti-estrogenic results of the phytoestrogens in flaxseeds and soy meals assist, as they seem to do in breast most cancers? I couldn’t discover research on flax and endometriosis, however soy meals consumption might certainly scale back the danger of that illness. What about treating endometriosis with soy? Whereas I couldn’t discover any research on that, there’s one other meals related to decreased breast most cancers danger: seaweed.

Seaweeds have particular varieties of fiber and phytonutrients not present in land crops, so in an effort to get these distinctive elements, we would wish to include sea greens into our weight loss program. Seaweeds, might have anti-cancer properties, together with anti-estrogen results. Japanese ladies have among the many lowest charges of breast, endometrial, and ovarian cancers, in addition to longer menstrual cycles and decrease estrogen ranges circulating of their blood, which can assist account for his or her low danger of estrogen-dependent cancers. We assumed this was because of their soy-rich diets, however their excessive consumption of seaweed may additionally be serving to.

When seaweed broth was dripped on human ovary cells that make estrogen, estrogen ranges dropped. Why? It both inhibits manufacturing or facilitates breakdown of estrogen. It might even block estrogen receptors, decreasing the exercise of the estrogen that’s produced. That is in a petri dish, although. Does it occur in ladies, too? Sure.

Researchers estimated that an efficient estrogen-lowering dose of seaweed for a mean American lady is likely to be round 5 grams a day, however, apparently, nobody has tried testing it on most cancers sufferers but. Nevertheless, it has been tried on endometriosis, as I talk about in my video Find out how to Deal with Endometriosis with Seaweed.

Three ladies with irregular menstrual cycles, together with two with endometriosis, volunteered so as to add a tiny quantity of dried, powdered bladderwrack, a standard seaweed, to their every day weight loss program. This successfully lengthened their cycles and diminished the period of their durations—and never simply by a bit of. As you possibly can see at 3:14 in my video, topic 1 had a 30-year historical past of irregular durations, averaging each 16 days. Taking only a quarter-teaspoon of this seaweed powder a day added 10 days onto her cycle, as much as 26 days, and including a every day half-teaspoon elevated her cycle to 31 days, almost doubling its size. Moreover, as you possibly can see at 3:38 in my video, all three ladies skilled marked reductions in blood move and a decreased period of menstruation. For 30 years, topic 1 had been having her interval each 16 days, and it usually lasted 9 days. Are you able to think about? Then, by simply taking a every day half-teaspoon of seaweed, her interval got here simply as soon as a month and solely lasted about 4 days. Most significantly, within the two ladies affected by endometriosis, they reported “substantial alleviation” of their ache. How is that potential? There was a 75 p.c drop in estrogen ranges after only a quarter-teaspoon of seaweed powder a day and an 85 p.c drop after a half-teaspoon. 

In fact, with just some ladies and no management group in that research, we want larger, higher research. However, that research was printed greater than a decade in the past and never a single such research has been printed since. Thousands and thousands of girls are struggling with these situations. Does the analysis world simply not care about ladies? The extra pointed query is: who’s going to fund the work? Lower than a teaspoon of seaweed prices lower than 5 cents, so a bigger research might by no means be finished. However, with none downsides, I counsel endometriosis victims give it a strive.


For extra on endometriosis, see my video What Food regimen Finest Lowers Phthalate Publicity?, and, to be taught concerning the anti-estrogenic results of the phytoestrogens in flaxseeds on breast most cancers, see Flaxseeds and Breast Most cancers Survival: Medical Proof.

Excited by extra on sea greens? See:

I like to recommend staying away from kelp and hijiki, although. Why? See Too A lot Iodine Can Be as Unhealthy as Too Little.

Study extra about different pure cures for menstrual issues:

In well being,
Michael Greger, M.D.

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