Posted By: CustomVite Nutrition Team Date: August 1, 2018 Comments: 0

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is one of the most common hormonal disorders affecting approximately 6-20% of reproductive-age women.  PCOS happens when a woman’s body produces more male hormones (androgens) than normal, and thus causes an imbalance between their levels of estrogen and androgen hormones. Some symptoms include:

  • Menstrual disorders (often skipped cycles)
  • Hirsutism (male-pattern hair growth on the face, chest, or back)
  • Obesity
  • Impaired glucose tolerance
  • Hyperlipidemia
  • Elevated levels of inflammatory markers
  • Infertility
  • Sleep apnea
  • Anxiety and/or depression

Unfortunately, women with PCOS are at increased risk for diabetes, cardiovascular disease, endometrial cancer, and pregnancy complications such as gestational diabetes and preeclampsia.

NUTRITION:  Nutrition can play an important role in managing hormones, symptoms, and minimizing disease risk later in life. Although medications such as oral contraceptives are commonly used, lifestyle changes are a key part of managing PCOS. A low calorie, low carbohydrate diet, high in fiber, and low in sodium have been shown to help patients with PCOS improve hormonal balance, regulate menstrual cycles, restore ovulation, normalize sex hormones, achieve weight loss and reduce insulin resistance.

SUPPLEMENTS:  In addition to diet and exercise, several nutritional supplements may have beneficial effects and should be considered for the management of PCOS. Some of these supplements include:

  • Omega-3 Fish Oil
  • Borage Oil
  • Inositol
  • Berberine
  • Alpha Lipoic Acid
  • Magnesium
  • Vitamin D
  • NAC




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