Fat and Endometriosis

Diet plays an important role in the development of endometriosis. According to Pizzorno & Murray (2012), the consumption of trans fat in the diet increases the risk of endometriosis whereas a diet that is rich in omega 3 fatty acids seems to decrease the risk of developing endometriosis. So, the take away here is to limit the amount of trans fat in the diet.

By consuming a diet that is rich in omega 3 fatty acids a woman can reduce her chances of developing endometriosis. According to Missmer, et al., (2010) certain types of dietary fat influence the development of endometriosis.

According to current research, there is no relation between total fat consumption and the risk of developing endometriosis. The type of fat consumed seems to be the important link. Trans fat or a trans-fatty acid is defined as an unsaturated fatty acid that usually occurs in margarines or manufactured cooking oils as a result of the hydrogenation process. Consumption of trans fat is also linked to arteriosclerosis. Omega 3 fatty acids are unsaturated fatty acids that usually occur in fish oils. They affectively lower cholesterol and LDL. A diet that is higher in omega 3 fatty acids is helpful in protecting against endometriosis.

You can add omega 3 to your diet by eating oily fish such as salmon or taking fish oil supplements.

However, if you do not consume fish, you can achieve similar benefits by consuming flaxseeds which are also full of omega 3 fatty acids.

For further reading . . .

Missmer, S. A., Chavarro, J. E., Malspais, S., Bertone-Johnson, E. R., Hornstein, M. D., Spiegelman, D., . . . Hankinson, S. E. (2010). A Prospective Study of dietary fat consumption and endometriosis risk. Human Reproduction, 5-19.

Pizzorno, J. E., & Murray, M. T. (2012). Textbook of natural medicine. Paradise Valley: Elsevier Churchill Livingstone.

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