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Diet Tips to Help Fight Endometriosis
Limit Caffeine and Alcohol
Health professionals often recommend that women with endometriosis reduce their caffeine and alcohol intakes.
Several studies have found that women with endometriosis tend to consume higher amounts of alcohol than women without the disease.
Yet, this doesn’t prove that high alcohol intake causes endometriosis. For example, it could mean that women with endometriosis tend to drink more alcohol as a result of the disease.
Furthermore, several other studies have found no link between alcohol intake and endometriosis.
Similarly, the potential link with caffeine is unclear.
While a few studies have found that caffeine or coffee intake was associated with a higher risk of endometriosis, a large review found that caffeine intake does not increase the risk of the condition.
Despite these results, alcohol and caffeine intake have both been associated with increased levels of estrogen, the protein that transports estrogen throughout the body.
Although there is no clear evidence linking caffeine or alcohol to the risk or severity of endometriosis, some women still prefer to reduce or remove these substances from their diets.
SUMMARY:Some research suggests that caffeine and alcohol may increase the risk of endometriosis. Also, a high caffeine intake may increase estrogen levels. While this evidence is by no means conclusive, some women still prefer to reduce their intakes:
Soy May Be Beneficial
Some endometriosis diets recommend eliminating soy from your diet. This is because soy contains phytoestrogens, which are plant compounds that can mimic estrogen.
However, it’s largely unknown how phytoestrogens affect endometriosis.
Some evidence suggests they may be harmful. One study found that women fed soy formula as infants had more than double the risk of endometriosis than women who were not fed soy formula as infants.
In addition, a few animal studies and case reports of women with endometriosis have reported negative effects associated with taking soy supplements.
Yet, many studies that have examined dietary soy intake in women with endometriosis have found exactly the opposite.
One study found that soy intake was not associated with the risk of endometriosis, and three other studies found that soy intake decreased the risk or severity of it.
Interestingly, a phytoestrogen called puerarin is currently being investigated in animal studies as a potential treatment for endometriosis.
Researchers have proposed that rather than increasing estrogen-like effects in the body, phytoestrogens have the opposite effect, blocking the effects of estrogen and reducing endometriosis.
In general, estrogen binds to cell receptors that make up your tissues.
The effects of phytoestrogens are weaker than those of estrogen itself. So the reasoning goes that when phytoestrogens bind to estrogen receptors, fewer unoccupied receptors are available for estrogen to act on. This may result in an anti-estrogen effect in the body.
The little evidence that exists seems to support this theory. However, more research is needed before conclusions can be made about the effects of soy and other phytoestrogens on endometriosis.
SUMMARY:Some sources recommend avoiding soy, but it’s not clear whether this is a good recommendation. While some evidence suggests that soy may have negative effects on endometriosis, other studies have found that it decreases the risk of endometriosis.