I used to have an entire cupboard full of supplements. As a matter of fact, I would devote one kitchen cupboard just for my supplements. Looking back on it now, I believe it was partly psychological that I had so many. Truth was, I didn’t take that many of them each day and part of me, just liked having them there, just in case I felt more tired or had more pain than before. I also had this weird correlation with buying supplements. Whenever I bought something, somehow I would feel better. It wasn’t that I had even taken the supplement yet. It was simply knowing that this new supplement was going to offer my body amazing healing that somehow made me feel better already.
Unfortunately though, this way of purchasing supplements was not just wasteful but it was also really expensive, the only supplements I needed were BioOptimal Collagen Powder, Collagen Peptides Grass Fed, Non-GMO Premium Quality Hydrolyzed Collagen Protein, Pasture Raised, Dissolves Easily, 300 Grams and I was definitely taking more than that. Upon doing a calculation of my average spending on supplements a month, it was leaning into the hundreds and the reality was, I couldn’t pin-point what each supplement had achieved for my health.
It was time to look at supplements more carefully and really weigh up what each one was meant to deliver and assess whether there was some better way of gaining the superior nutritive benefits they provided.
What I started to notice was that I had individual mineral supplements, individual vitamin supplements and individual trace element supplements. I had Vitamin B, zinc, selenium, magnesium, calcium, Vitamin C etc. Each individual supplement taken to overcome the poor absorption of a specific vitamin. It was not just confusing but really unnecessary.
In the end, I decided to find sources of nutritive benefit from individual plants, superfoods or herbs that provided me with everything I needed. I no longer needed endless supplements but chose to find true healing nutrition in the foods that I eat. The main plants, superfoods and herbs that I eat or drink are: spirulina, goji berries, noni juice, dandelion root tea, dandelion leaves, maca root powder, cocoa powder, manuka honey, seaweeds, sprouts, hemp protein powder, baobab powder etc.
So, all that was left were things I couldn’t drink or eat… so herewith my final list of supplements. I have restricted my supplement purchases to only 5 per month, which made me choose the best of what I believe helps my body heal:
1. Vitalzym/ Exclzyme/Serrapeptase
This is really, in my opinion, a wonder supplement for women with Endometriosis. It actually eats away dead cell matter in the body, in other words adhesions and endometriosis growths. It is expensive, compared to other supplements but I believe it has made a dramatic improvement to my pain levels and my need to go for any laparoscopic surgeries. If there is only one supplement I would recommend for Endometriosis, this would be it!
2. Maitake or a Mushroom Supplement
Mushrooms have super healing powers. It is believed that they can actually adjust the genetic predispositions which may exist in our bodies. They also contain vast amounts of minerals, vitamins and trace elements all in one source. You can get a supplement which contains a selection of mushrooms or just choose one or the other. I like Maitake as it also helps the liver heal. You can get really adventurous and source Chaga mushrooms from trees — I will let you know when I decide to go to this level 🙂
3. Krill Oil
To reduce inflammation, PMS and severe pain during our menstrual cycle, we need heaps of Omega 3 in our diet. Krill Oil is unpolluted, doesn’t contain any mercury and is easy for our bodies to absorb. It will even out the imbalance of Omega 6 to Omega 3 ratio and provide your body with the tools to reduce inflammation, clotting and pain. I always double dose on these a few days before my period and it makes a massive difference.
This is a herb from Ayurvedic medicine and is designed to relax us. It works wonders and I feel it is important as stress contributes to the overuse of all other nutrients in the body. By keeping our stress levels down, we also have less pain, less fluctuation of our hormones and we also simply use less of our bodies’ mineral and vitamin reserves.
This is an amino acid many of us are lacking and will help with digestion and a poor intestinal lining. Unfortunately, with Endometriosis there is a close connection to our poor digestion and this supplement really helps with the breakdown of foods and healing that intestinal lining.
There are many, many supplements that can help you feel better with Endometriosis. What I did learn, with having a cupboard full of a variety of them, is that sometimes our bodies crave certain ones. It indicates that we might need something, at that particular moment, an advantage to having an entire health store in your kitchen cupboard.
I also didn’t like focusing solely on our hormones to relieve symptoms. I therefore included just Maca Root powder and focused more heavily on healing the liver and ensuring my digestion was working, which alleviated heaps of the hormone-related symptoms associated with Endometriosis.
This week was like that for me. I was completely craving Maca Root Powder. I just couldn’t get enough of it and there was clearly something in Maca that my body was needing.
Are there any supplements that you feel have made it into your top 5? Which supplements would you recommend to someone with Endo? Would love to hear your ideas.