Could Turmeric Help Treat Endometriosis Inflammation?
Whilst inflammation is the body’s natural healing response, chronic inflammation (which is often the case with endometriosis because our body is always trying to fight it) can be damaging to our health and also contribute to chronic pain. I follow the endometriosis diet, which is largely based around reducing inflammation. Whilst this helps significantly, I still want to reduce my pain to a more ‘normal’ level. I’ve always wondered if there’s something more I could do to reduce the inflammation even further. I've been aware of using turmeric for endometriosis for a while, and recently, I've been able to trial whether this 'superfood' can actually help with endometriosis pain and inflammation.
Using Turmeric For Endometriosis
Turmeric has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries for healing and reducing inflammation. The active compound in turmeric that has been linked to reducing inflammation is curcumin. Research is ongoing, but studies show that both curcumin and ginger can have an anti-inflammatory effect.
Genessence Turmeric & Ginger Supplement
Genessence’s Turmeric & Ginger Supplement contains a high level of both turmeric and ginger, alongside piperine, to help curcumin absorption. The supplements are designed to be anti-inflammatory and keep colds away with antioxidants.
I took one capsule three times a day with food. Now I get it, this sounds like a lot. I found the best way to remember was to set a reminder and store the supplements where I’d prepare my meals.
During the month, I felt pretty normal. My friend had treated me to a night at Soho Farmhouse for my birthday, and I woke up at 6am to go the toilet, to find I was bleeding. I panicked, as we had a whole day ahead, and instantly sprayed magnesium on my pelvic area, took my turmeric supplements, as well my regular magnesium supplements and braced myself.
Usually, I’ll get pain before I bleed. It starts up to three hours ahead of the bleeding, it then heightens and levels out during the first 24 hours. I waited for the usual pattern to occur. I felt a twinge, and sat in front of the fire for the heat, waiting for the waves to come. They didn’t.
We got ready and headed to yoga. A form of yoga that involved dancing. Lots of it too. I thought surely the jumping around would trigger some cramping, but the pain still didn’t come.
We then headed for some food, and I discovered the menu consisted of meat, dairy or gluten. I ended up opting for the best I could, which was a green smoothie, but it contained dates and I was really worried about the sugar. I ordered the smoothie, convinced that this time I was going to feel it and said a little prayer to the universe - but yet again, no pain.
About an hour or so later, I felt another twinge, took some paracetamol and then carried on. On our way home, I ecstatically realised I had forgotten I was on my period and chatted for probably a bit too long to my best friend as to how it felt nothing short of a miracle. I had anticipated that our trip was about to be ruined, and it hadn’t been at all. In fact, it was a magical trip, made all the better to realise that I had the first essentially pain-free period I’d had in years.
I only had one month’s supply of Genessence’s Turmeric and Ginger Supplements, so I was interested to see how I would feel the next month without it. Of course, thanks to the Christmas indulgence combined with lack of supplements, saying it wasn’t great would be a dramatic understatement.
Since then, I’ve trialed the past few months with and without turmeric supplements to see whether they really made the difference. Without a doubt, I have so much less pain whenever I take them.
It seems for me, these work best combined with the endometriosis diet. I definitely wouldn’t just take them and pile on the sugar and caffeine, because I know those are triggers for me and I don’t think adding an anti-inflammatory is going to take that away. Having said that, if you’re not into the endodiet or it doesn’t work for you, that’s not say you shouldn’t try these! Just from my months of experimenting, I’ve come to see that they work best with the diet for me.
Personally, this feels like a potential break through in my battle with endo. As always, I’m not an expert, I’m just sharing that turmeric for endometriosis worked for me. If you’re interested in trying Genessence’s Turmeric & Ginger Supplements (or any other kind), I would always talk to a professional first.
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