Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is one of the most common hormonal disorders in women. Symptoms include high testosterone levels, which can lead to menstrual problems and infertility, along with high insulin levels, which can contribute to obesity. In this part of SOS for PCOS, we take a look at supplements.
Keep in mind that it can take at least 6-12 months of consistent lifestyle and diet changes, along with natural therapies, to bring about real change in the body when living with PCOS. In addition to a good diet, supplements have shown to be effective in helping those with PCOS. In this blog we will be looking at vitamins, minerals and and nutrients. Herbs, which play an important part in a natural approach to dealing with PCOS, will be discussed in the next installment.
Chromium: Research shows that supplementation with chromium picolinate improves weight loss and insulin function, and regularizes ovulation.
Calcium and Vitamin D: Both calcium and vitamin D play significant roles in the health of many parts of the body. Where PCOS is concerned, calcium protects cardiovascular health. Vitamin D plays a role in glucose metabolism.
DIM: DIM is a metabolite of indole 3 carbinol. DIM balances the hormones and aids in the breakdown of estrogen. Estrogen is a major culprit of many of the fertility issues women face today, including PCOS. Unopposed estrogen has been shown to cause menstrual cycle irregularities and in more advanced cases, endometrial hyperplasia. Removal of excess estrogen is vital to overall hormonal balance in women with PCOS.
N-acetylcysteine (NAC): NAC is a precursor for glutathione, which may be important for breaking down excess hormones in the body, and perhaps improving ovulation and pregnancy rates in PCOS.
Please consult with your primary health care practitioner before adding supplements to your routine.
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