Does raw liver help with PMS and Endometriosis? (Results)

In my earlier post, Does raw liver help relieve PMS?, I discussed some immediate results from incorporating raw chicken liver into my diet. For over a month, I have been consuming 3 to 6 frozen liver pills daily. For the last two cycles, I kept a log of flow volume, pain intensity, fatigue, and emotional discomfort during and directly before menses. In the table below, you can see a comparison between my previous cycle (before eating chicken liver) and my current cycle (after eating chicken liver):

Previous Cycle

Current Cycle

Day Flow Pain Fatigue Emotions Flow Pain Fatigue Emotions
-2 None None High None None Mild
-1 Severe None High None None High
1 Heavy Mild Severe Mild Heavy Mild Mild Mild
2 Heavy Moderate Severe Moderate Heavy Moderate Moderate Mild
3 Light Mild Moderate Moderate Moderate Mild Moderate Mild
4 Light Severe Mild Mild Light Mild Mild Mild
5 Light Mild Mild Mild Light Mild Mild Moderate
6 Light Mild Severe Mild None None None None
7 Light Mild Mild Mild None None None None
8 Light Mild Mild Moderate None None None None

Within a month, it appears that my more severe symptoms—heavy flow, acute menstrual/pelvic cramps and abdominal pain, severe fatigue, and high emotional discomfort— have been reduced by approximately 2/3. That is to say, 9 instances of severe symptoms were reduced to 3 instances during my following cycle. Perhaps the most significant difference of all was the lack of symptoms directly associated with endometriosis: acute abdominal/pelvic pain before and after menstruation.

According to my doctor, pelvic/abdominal pain before and/or after menstruation is a classic symptom of endometriosis. In my case, 1-2 days before my period I would always have debilitating abdominal pain that made me think I had food poisoning. In fact, the pain was so predictable that I could use it to time when my period would start. The fact that it was not present during this cycle was a pleasant and overwhelming surprise.

I will continue to document my symptoms for the next few cycles. I am hoping things will continue to improve. Perhaps I don’t have to suffer with endometriosis after all.

Does raw liver help with PMS and Endometriosis? (Results)

Relief from endometriosis with raw chicken liver?

In my last post, Does raw liver help relieve PMS?, I discussed the potential for raw liver and other organ meats to reduce symptoms of PMS. I am excited to report that after a month of consuming frozen liver pills some of my symptoms of endometriosis disappeared during my latest cycle! About 1-2 days before menses, I have acute abdominal pain resulting from severe (stage IV) endometriosis. In fact, the pain is so predictable that I can use it to time when my period will start.

This is the first time in years that I have not experienced acute abdominal pain before menses. I am hopeful that next month will be even better. Later on this week I will write a more detailed log of the changes in my cycle since the incorporation of raw liver in my diet.

Relief from endometriosis with raw chicken liver?

Does raw liver help relieve PMS?

Nutritional Benefits

I have been reading for months now about how organ meats should be incorporated into well-balanced diet. Liver is often recommended because it is the most nutrient-dense of the organ meats. It is a good source of vitamin A, vitamin B12, folate, iron, and selenium– all important nutrients for liver health, detoxification, and PMS relief.

The nutritional profile of liver varies by animal, but here is a comparison between the daily value (%) of the two most common sources of liver: beef and chicken.

Beef Liver (Raw) Chicken Liver (Raw)
Amount per ounce %DV Amount per ounce %DV
Vitamin A 4732 IU 95% 3102 IU 62%
Riboflavin 0.8 mg 45% 0.5 mg 29%
Folate 81.2 mcg 20% 165 mcg 41%
Vitamin B12 16.6 mcg 277% 4.6 mcg 77%
Iron 1.4 mg 8% 2.5 mg 14%
Zinc 1.1 mg 7% 0.7 mg 5%
Copper 2.7 mg 137% 0.1 mg 7%
Selenium 11.1 mcg 16% 15.3 mcg 22%

Some women have boasted about how raw liver eliminated (or at least relieved) many symptoms of PMS, including mood swings, pain, and fatigue. I also read that it made the menstrual flow shorter and lighter.

Although eating an organic, grain-free, whole food diet has helped relieve serious PMS (PMDD), I still struggle with intense pain, depression, and other symptoms resulting from endometriosis. Following recommendations from Lauren Geertsen’s Quit PMS e-book, I decided the next step was to incorporate raw liver into my diet.

My experience (trial) so far…

Although I incorporated raw liver into my diet shortly after my last cycle, so far I have noticed the following benefits:

  • Increased energy
  • Clearer skin
  • Better mood
  • Improved sense of well-being

On a daily basis, I consume 3 to 6 frozen liver pills made from organic, pastured chicken. I decided to eat chicken liver instead of beef liver due to beef liver’s incredibly high copper content.

I kept a detailed log of my menstrual symptoms from my last cycle and will be making comparisons over the upcoming months. I am feeling hopeful about finally eliminating (or at least controlling) my terrible PMS and endometriosis.

Feel free to ask questions or comment with your experiences.

References
SELF Nutrition Data. Beef, variety meats and by-products, liver, raw. <http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/beef-products/3468/2>

Weston A Price Foundation. The Liver Files. <http://www.westonaprice.org/health-topics/the-liver-files/>

PeaceLovePaleo. Solving the Mystery of PMS. <https://peacelovepaleo.net/2012/05/15/solving-the-mystery-of-pms/>

Empowered Sustenance. The Easiest Way to Eat Liver! <http://empoweredsustenance.com/the-easiest-way-to-eat-liver-no-taste-no-fuss/>
Does raw liver help relieve PMS?