Novel dietary supplement association reduces symptoms in endometriosis patients

J Cell Physiol. 2018 Aug;233(8):5920-5925. doi: 10.1002/jcp.26401. Epub 2018 Feb 27.


Endometriosis is characterized by disabling symptoms that afflict young women with severe physical discomfort, difficulty in relationship life, and infertility; however, the currently available therapeutic strategies are unsatisfactory. Goal of this research was to identify a new combination of natural active ingredients that, administered as dietary supplements, could have the effect of reducing inflammatory response in endometriosis patients, decreasing the symptoms the disease produces and its harmful effects on affected organs. A cohort of endometriosis patient was treated for 3 months with a composition including quercitin, curcumin, parthenium, nicotinamide, 5-methyltetrahydrofolate, and omega 3/6. Using a VAS scale, we demonstrated a significant reduction of the symptoms in endometriosis patients treated with the dietary composition respect to the controls. Moreover, we demonstrated also a significant reduction in the serum levels of PGE2 and CA-125. Further study are required to compare the effect of this combination of molecules with standard therapies and to evaluate if the use of these dietary supplements in combination with standard therapies may lead to the improvement of the regular medical treatment for endometriosis.

Keywords: 5-methyltetrahydrofolate; curcumin; nicotinamide; nutraceutical; omega 3/6; quercitin.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Curcumin / therapeutic use
  • Dietary Supplements*
  • Endometriosis / diet therapy*
  • Endometriosis / pathology
  • Fatty Acids, Omega-3 / therapeutic use
  • Fatty Acids, Omega-6 / therapeutic use
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Niacinamide / therapeutic use
  • Pain / drug therapy*
  • Parthenogenesis
  • Plant Extracts / therapeutic use*
  • Quercetin / analogs & derivatives
  • Quercetin / therapeutic use
  • Tetrahydrofolates / therapeutic use


  • Fatty Acids, Omega-3
  • Fatty Acids, Omega-6
  • Parthenium hysterophorus extract
  • Plant Extracts
  • Tetrahydrofolates
  • Niacinamide
  • quercitrin
  • Quercetin
  • Curcumin
  • 5-methyltetrahydrofolate