Some Remedies for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
Most commonly, Lack of physical activity, obesity, overproduction of testosterone (a male sex hormone found in women in small quantities) and a family history of Polycystic ovary syndrome(PCOS) are the most common factors involved in this condition.
Insulin resistance is also a commonly cited cause for PCOS, as it is the main factor contributing to increased testosterone levels.
Insulin is a hormone naturally produced by the body to lower blood sugar. During insulin resistance, the insulin becomes ineffective in lowering the blood sugar and it can raise to dangerous levels.
This, in turn, triggers the body to produce more insulin. The cycle continues and ultimately causes a high blood insulin level.
Add one/two teaspoon of cinnamon powder to a glass of hot water. Drink it daily for a few months or until you are satisfied with the results.
Researchers from Columbia University had found that cinnamon supplementation can help improve menstrual cyclicity in women with PCOS. Plus, a pilot study published in the journal Fertility and Sterility indicates that this herb can help reduce insulin resistance in women with PCOS.
You can mix one or two tablespoons of freshly ground flaxseeds in a glass of water. Drink it daily for a few months or until you are satisfied with the results.
Also include ground flaxseeds in your diet regularly by adding it to your smoothies, soups and salads.
Flaxseed helps slow down glucose metabolism and lower cholesterol levels. It contains lignans that increase the production of sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG) that binds testosterone in the blood, thereby preventing it from wreaking havoc in the body.
A study published in the journal Phytotherapy Research found that drinking spearmint tea can help reduce hirsutism, or excess body hair, by reducing free and total testosterone levels and increasing luteinizing hormone (LH) and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) levels.
- Boil one cup of water in a pan.
- Add one teaspoon of dried spearmint leaves.
- Let it simmer for five to 10 minutes.
- Strain and drink this tea twice daily for a few weeks.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is beneficial for dealing with PCOS because it helps control blood sugar and keeps your body from producing too much insulin. Less insulin means less testosterone. Plus, it will help you lose weight and improve your overall health.
Mix two teaspoons of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar in a glass of water.
Drink it daily in the morning and before meals. Continue for several weeks or until you see improvement.
You can gradually increase the dosage of apple cider vinegar to up to two tablespoons per glass, two or three times a day. If the taste is too strong for you, mix the apple cider vinegar with orange or any other fruit juice.
Omega-3 fatty acid
The omega-3 fatty acids in this superfood also reduce inflammation, lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of chronic diseases like heart disease.
A 2015 meta-analysis of the effect of omega−3 supplementation during pregnancy did not demonstrate a decrease in the rate of preterm birth or improve outcomes in women with singleton pregnancies with no prior preterm births. A systematic review and meta-analysis published the same year reached the opposite conclusion, specifically, that omega−3 fatty acids were effective in “preventing early and any preterm delivery”.