As we mentioned in previous articles, endometriosis growing somewhere else other than the endometrium also reacts to hormonal signals of the monthly menstrual cycle by building up tissue, breaking it, and eliminating it through the menstrual period. As we know, nutritional supplements play a very important role in some cultures in treating all kinds of diseases. In this article, we will discuss how potassium helps to treat endometriosis.
Potassium(K) is a trace mineral with the chemical number 19. It occurs only as an ionic salt in nature and reacts violently with water. It is an important mineral for women with endometriosis because deficiency and incorrect ratio with sodium can interfere with the reproductive system’s functions during the menstrual cycle.
II. How potassium affects women with endometriosis
I. Hormone imbalance
Potassium plays a vital role in regulating muscle tone including the uterine muscle, deficiency of potassium causes over-production of certain protagslandins members in the protagslandins family leading to over-active uterine muscles and severe endometrial menstrual cramps.
II. Menstrual cramps
Deficiency of potassium reduces the liver’s function of balancing the levels of fatty acids which are essential for building a normal muscle tone and regulate certain hormones during the menstrual cycle which causes menstrual pain.
III. Immune system
Potassium is essential in protein and fat metabolism. Without enough potassium, our liver cannot secrete bile to form good cholesterol to bind the bad cholesterol in the bloodstream, leading to malnutrition of cells in the body which reduces the ability of cells in fighting against the forming of free radicals, including endometrial implants and adhesion.
IV. Nervous system
Deficiency of potassium reduces the process of passing nutrition through the cell including the cells in the nervous system leading to tension of nervous system which causes a variety of symptoms of endometriosis such as memory loss, confusion, and anxiety.
V. Maintain fluid balancing
Distortion or depletion of levels of potassium reduces the ability to maintain fluid balance in the body causing water and salt retention, and other symptoms.