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New Research Shows The Importance of Antioxidants for Women with Endometriosis

New Research Shows The Importance of Antioxidants for Women with Endometriosis

New Research-Antioxidants and EndometriosisEndometriosis is a complex fertility issue believed to affect roughly 176 million women; that’s an estimated 10% of women worldwide. Natural pain management and natural therapies to support balanced hormones and rid the body of excess, abnormal tissue can make a huge difference for women with endometriosis. New research suggests that antioxidants may also be critical to help stop the inflammatory cascade that ignites endometriosis and to restore fertility health.

The Free Radical Connection to Endometriosis

In endometriosis, abnormal growth of endometrial tissue occurs outside of the uterine cavity, leading to reproductive blockages, fertility problems, pain or excess bleeding. In addition to having a hormonal component, endometriosis is related to excess inflammation and an immune system out of balance. The newest research shows endometriosis is characterized by free radical stress that ages the reproductive system and decreases fertility.

Research from Fertility and Sterility reveals that there is an increase in reactive oxygen species (ROS) in the pelvic cavity in women with endometriosis. Scientists believe it results from numerous factors including increased red blood cells, cellular debris from retrograde (reverse) menstruation, degrading tissue, high macrophage activity (immune eater cells) or a combination of these factors.

Additionally, the body’s natural ability to produce antioxidants and cleanse/detoxify itself may be compromised in some women with endometriosis, worsening the problem.

The Best Ways To Get Your Antioxidants If You Have Endometriosis

You can get most of these antioxidants by eating a healthy diet. This includes a mix of colorful fruits and vegetables. Whole grains, seeds, and nuts also provide good nutrients. ~American Academy of Family Physicians

To increase fertility with endometriosis, start by reducing free radical activity in the body. An easy way to do this is to eat a high antioxidant Fertility Diet. Here are a few suggestions:

1. Eat 5-9 daily servings of colorful fresh fruits and vegetables. Fresh fruits and vegetables are loaded with antioxidants and enzymes, which help to quench free radicals and relieve inflammation. High antioxidant fruits and vegetables to include: berries (all kinds); citrus fruits; plums; green superfoods like spirulina, chlorella and wheatgrass; dark greens like spinach, kale, and bok choy; cruciferous vegetables; beets; asparagus; peppers, garlic, and onions. Choose organic when possible to avoid pesticide residues that can worsen inflammation and imbalance hormones.

2. Have a fresh green salad with a variety of vegetables every day to support your body’s natural detoxification systems. High fiber foods like carrots, pears or apples help the body process excess estrogen. Bitter vegetables like radishes, cabbage or arugula act as gentle liver cleansers. Tip: Avoid high calorie vegetable oil-based dressings that aggravate inflammation. Make your own healthy dressings with olive oil, herbal seasonings, lemon juice and ground pepper instead. Delicious!

3. Have a Fertility Smoothie daily. Fruit smoothies offer high nutrition and energizing antioxidants for women with endometriosis. Try Hethir’s Endometriosis Smoothie if you want a quick system flush with high vitamin C, beta carotene and protein-digesting enzymes from pineapple and papaya. Add bee propolis for extra fertility benefits. Research suggests bee propolis can increase your chances of getting pregnant with endometriosis.

4. Consider a high-quality Antioxidant Supplement. While diet is your first place to start increasing antioxidant intake, a specially developed supplement can help give you the boost you need to move forward in your Fertility Program. Fertilica Choice Antioxidants is designed to help to neutralize free radicals in the body, improving the overall health of the reproductive system.

The Challenge of Beginning A Natural Fertility Program with Endometriosis

While endometriosis can be challenging to address, there are so many natural therapies that are used successfully today to reduce symptoms and enhance fertility. Start by making small changes in your diet and lifestyle, like having a daily smoothie and fresh green salad.

Know these changes will make a difference as you apply them over time. Most women find their energy is enhanced and pain level decreased just by eating more fresh foods. An antioxidant supplement is another good choice, especially for endometriosis that has been long-standing or is advanced.

Reach out to us if you have questions or want support in beginning your Natural Fertility Program for Endometriosis. We’re here for you every step of the way.


Dr. Christine Traxler M.D., OB/GYN
Dr. Christine Traxler M.D., OB/GYN

Dr. Traxler is a University-trained obstetrician/gynecologist, working with patients in Minnesota for over 20 years. She is a professional medical writer; having authored multiple books on pregnancy and childbirth; textbooks and coursework for medical students and other healthcare providers; and has written over 1000 articles on medical, health, and wellness topics.  Dr. Traxler attended the University of Minnesota College of Biological Sciences and University of Minnesota Medical School,  earning a degree in biochemistry with summa cum laude honors in 1981,  and receiving her Medical Doctorate degree (MD) in 1986.

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    please i need advice on how to resolve my issue relating to infertility.

    i have been ttc for 5 years now. i was diagnosed of ovarian cyst first in 2013 but before then i was always having a very painful menstruation and tried different medication all to no avail. In August 2016, i went for surgery for the removal of ovarian cyst but on opening up, it was learnt that there’s an adhesion to the digestive trait so it wasnt removed totally but drained. My LMP was 22/4 – 27/4 with severe and heavy blood clots. I went for another scan which now indicates that the ovarian cyst has re-grown with seedlings of fibroid. What can i do now? I will appreciate your sincere advice, thanks

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