During the last stage of the menstrual cycle, normally a layer of endometriosis lining on the inside of the uterus is expelled, known as menstruation blood, instead some of the endometriosis tissues grow somewhere in the body to cause endometriosis. Endometriosis also react to hormone signals of the monthly menstrual cycle, by building and breaking up tissues and eliminating them through menstrual period.
1. Beta carotene and vitamin A
Beta carotene is water-soluble and it can be converted to vitamin A. It is a powerful antioxidant that helps our immune system(445) in fighting against the forming of free radicals, and endometrial implants and adhesion caused by inflammation(447) of endometrial cells growing in some other parts of the body.
2. Vitamin C(445)
Red raspberry leaf has an abundant amount of vitamin C. Besides helping to protect our body from bacteria, virus and abnormal cells development, it also helps to improve the digestive absorption(448) of other essential vitamins and minerals such as vitamin B complex, zinc, iron, and magnesium.
3. Vitamin E(445)
Besides helping to protect the fatty acid against degradation in the human body and to prevent the cell membranes' oxidation(446), it also helps to nourish the brain cells(449) which reduces symptoms of endometriosis such as mood swings, anxiety, and depression.
4. Vitamin B complex(450)
Vitamin B complex in the plant is vital for women with endometriosis. It not only reduces tension of the nervous system resulting in converting carbohydrates to energy which is necessary for the proper functions of the nervous system(451), but it also helps the liver in fat and protein metabolism in which it inhibits the bad estrogen produced by our body that causes menstrual camps(452) and abnormal cell growth(453).
Deficiency of potassium reduces the liver fat and protein metabolism causing the imbalance of fatty acids in the body leading to overactive uterine muscles as a result of over-production of certain hormones in the protagslandins family.
Calcium is needed to relax our body's muscles. Deficiency of calcium causes hyperactive muscles including the uterine muscles that control the abdominal cramps during menstrual cycle.
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(445) Women with endometriosis improved their peripheral antioxidant markers after the application of a high antioxidant diet by Mier-Cabrera J1, Aburto-Soto T, Burrola-Méndez S, Jiménez-Zamudio L, Tolentino MC, Casanueva E, Hernández-Guerrero C.(PubMed)
(446) Vitamin E, oxidative stress, and inflammationby Singh U1, Devaraj S, Jialal I.(PubMed)
(447) Micronutrient deficiencies are common in 6- to 8-year-old children of rural Nepal, with prevalence estimates modestly affected by inflammation by Schulze KJ1, Christian P2, Wu LS2, Arguello M2, Cui H2, Nanayakkara-Bind A2, Stewart CP3, Khatry SK4, LeClerq S4, West KP Jr2.(PubMed)
(448) Effects of vitamin C and vitamin E on performance, digestion of nutrientsand carcass characteristics of Japanese quails reared under chronic heat stress (34 degrees C).by Sahin K1, Kucuk O.(PubMed)
(449) Vitamin E--its role in neurological function by Muller DP.(PubMed)
(450) A prospective cohort study of Vitamins B, C, E, and multivitamin intake and endometriosis by Darling AM1, Chavarro JE2, Malspeis S3, Harris HR4, Missmer SA5.(PübMed)
(451) The effect of methylated vitamin B complex on depressive and anxietysymptoms and quality of life in adults with depressionby Lewis JE1, Tiozzo E, Melillo AB, Leonard S, Chen L, Mendez A, Woolger JM, Konefal J.(PubMed)
(452) Herbal and dietary therapies for primary and secondary dysmenorrhoeaby Proctor ML1, Murphy PA.(PubMed)
(453) Treatment of endometriosis with stilbestrol, an anti-estrogen, plus the B-complex vitamins in malt: a therapy proved effective over the last 32 years by Karnaky KJ.(PubMed)
(454) Endometriosis: The Effects of Minerals Potassium(revised edition with references)
(455) Endometriosis: The Effects of Minerals Calcium (Ca)(revised edition with references)