Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is primarily a genetic disorder that affects the endocrine system and results in anovulation, meaning that a woman does not have a menstrual period. Someone suffering from polycystic ovary syndrome will also have high levels of androgenic hormones and may also suffer from insulin resistance.
Remedies for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
While there is no formal cure for this disorder, there are many natural remedies that can alleviate the symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome.
1. Saw Palmetto
Effective in inhibiting testosterone conversion, saw palmetto is most effective with perhaps the most embarrassing side effect of polycystic ovary syndrome: the growth of hair in unusual places. Since it is considered an anti-androgenic substance, saw palmetto actually helps to re-balance the endocrine system, and addresses many of the symptoms resulting from the imbalance. For additional help with the management of undesired hair growth, incorporate spearmint tea into your diet.
Long associated with diabetes management, fenugreek is an ideal herb for sufferers of polycystic ovary syndrome. Fenugreek regulates glucose metabolism and ensures the proper operation of insulin receptors in the body. Thus, it is an ideal herb for an individual at risk for developing type-2 diabetes, which is often associated with polycystic ovary syndrome. Fenugreek is available in capsule, seed, and powder form at many health food stores.
Flaxseed also inhibits hirsutism (abnormal growth of hair) by decreasing androgen levels in the body, and it stimulates globulin, which binds with testosterone in the bloodstream and prevents it from impacting other parts of the body. 1-2 tablespoons per day of flax seeds or ground flax meal should help alleviate some of the more unpleasant side effects of this syndrome.
The omega-3 fatty acids prevalent in salmon have been connected to a reduction in testosterone levels in women. In addition, these fatty acids may help a woman suffering from polycystic ovary syndrome to return to a normal menstrual cycle. If you just cannot stand salmon, look for omega-3 capsules in your health food store.
5. Leafy Green
Leafy greens such as spinach are packed with nutrients such as vitamin D, calcium, and magnesium. Calcium can improve menstrual regularity while magnesium improves insulin sensitivity. Vitamin D, while of course being important for healthy skin, also optimized BMI and can help prevent weight gain, which is again important for one who is at risk for type-2 diabetes.
6. Ceylon Cinnamon
Cinnamon has been shown to help regulate menstruation and increase insulin sensitivity, both of which are extremely important when suffering from polycystic ovary syndrome. Cinnamon is easy enough to incorporate in your diet, and can be sprinkled in your coffee or tea and on various foods, such as oatmeal.
There are additional items that can easily be incorporated into your daily diet to help combat the effects of polycystic ovary syndrome. Licorice root inhibits testosterone production and is available in capsule, dried herb, and liquid form and can be taken every day. As mentioned, spearmint tea can help reduce testosterone levels and inhibit hirsutism, while broccoli helps to stabilize blood sugar.