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June 17, 2004


Fibroids & Endometriosis

Supplements and Herbs for Endometriosis and Fibroids

Nutritional supplements can

help balance hormones and reduce estrogen levels. When used properly,

they can dramatically reduce bleeding, pain, and cramps that may

accompany fibroids and endometriosis. Taking supplements, however,

does not mean that you can ignore your diet. The best approach for

fibroids, endometriosis, and optimal health is to eat healthy foods

and take nutritional supplements.

Vitamin A. Studies

have shown that women with excessive menstrual bleeding have significantly

lower blood levels of vitamin A than the normal population. And

that many women will return to a normal bleeding pattern after two

weeks of vitamin A treatment. I recommend 1,000-5,000 IU per day

of vitamin A.

B-complex vitamins

help regulate estrogen levels and reduce menstrual pain and cramps.

In clinical studies, Vitamin B6 has led to a reduction in PMS-related

cramping, fluid retention, weight gain, and fatigue. I recommend

50-100 mg of B-complex vitamins daily, with an additional dose of

up to 300 mg of vitamin B6 for women with fibroids or endometriosis.

Vitamin E. I have

found vitamin E to be useful in treating women with heavy menstrual

bleeding from fibroids and endometriosis. I recommend 400-800 IU

per day.

Vitamin C, with bioflavonoids,

has been used to treat heavy menstrual bleeding. It strengthens

capillaries and reduces risk of iron deficiency and anemia in women

who bleed excessively by helping absorb dietary iron. I recommend

1,000-5,000 mg of vitamin C per day. Bioflavonoids also help regulate

excessive estrogen levels in the body. Therapeutic dosages are 750-2,000

mg per day.

Ground whole flaxseeds

and cold-pressed organic, rich, golden flaxseed oil are also

excellent sources of the two essential oils, linoleic acid (omega-6

fatty acids) and linolenic acid (omega-3 fatty acids). These prostaglandins

help to reduce menstrual cramps, breast tenderness, bloating and

the effects of PMS. Flax is weakly estrogenic, and the lignans in

flax reduce production of estrogen and compete with more potent

estrogen for tissue receptors. I recommend 2 tablespoons of flaxseed

oil, or 4-6 tablespoons of ground flaxseeds.

Iron. Women who suffer

from heavy menstrual bleeding due to fibroids and endometriosis

tend to be iron deficient. In fact, some medical studies have found

that inadequate iron intake may even cause excessive bleeding. Women

who suffer from heavy menstrual bleeding should have their red blood

count checked to see if they need supplemental iron in addition

to a high-iron-content diet. Heme iron, the iron from meat sources

like liver, is much better absorbed and assimilated than non-heme

iron, the iron from vegetarian sources. To be absorbed properly,

iron must be taken with vitamin C. I recommend 25 mg per day of

iron with 30 mg of vitamin C per day.

Calcium and Magnesium.

The uterus is susceptible to calcium deficiency. It is made up of

muscle, and muscles that are deficient in these two minerals tend

to be hyperactive and more likely to cramp. Calcium maintains muscle

tone, and magnesium optimizes calcium in your system by increasing

its absorption. The recommended daily allowance (RDA) for calcium

in menstruating women is 800 mg per day, rising to as much as 1,500

mg per day in postmenopausal women. Calcium can interfere with magnesium

absorption. The recommended dosage for magnesium is half as much

magnesium as calcium or approximately 400-750 mg per day.


Herbs can help balance hormones, lower excessive

estrogen levels, and lessen heavy bleeding. Some can provide additional

essential nutrients that help relieve menstrual pain and cramps,

while others have mild relaxant, diuretic, and anti-inflammatory


Vitex, or chaste tree berry, (225 mg daily

from chaste tree extract) increases the production of the luteinizing

hormone that triggers ovulation at midcycle, promoting progesterone

production. It also inhibits release of the follicle-stimulating

hormone that stimulates estrogen production in the first half of

the menstrual cycle. So it normalizes the secretion of hormones

and helps to bring estrogen and progesterone into balance during


Goldenseal contains berberine, which relaxes

uterine muscles. Shepherd’s purse has been used to help stop menstrual

bleeding. (If your bleeding is excessive or irregular, consult your

physician as it can be dangerous and should never be allowed to

continue without medical help.) Yellow dock is a good source of

iron. White willow contains salicin. Salicylic acid, the precursor

of aspirin, was purified from this plant. White willow bark reduces

inflammation, pain and fever, and helps treat primary menstrual

cramps and headaches. Like aspirin, it can produce unwanted side

effects of gastric indigestion, nausea and diarrhea, so use the

herbs carefully.

Read More on Fibroids & Endometriosis:

Getting Started

What Are Fibroids?

Symptoms of Fibroids

Checklist of Risk Factors and Symptoms

for Fibroids

What is Endometriosis?

Symptoms of Endometriosis

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Supplements and Herbs for Fibroids and Endometriosis

Complementary Therapies

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