One of the most effective ways to combat the long term effect of PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) is to use supplements. But for some reason people don't seem to take this seriously. So I thought - why not write about the supplements needed to tackle PCOS? Well, here are a few of them.
This is one of the most miraculous supplements for women suffering from PCOS. There has been a great volume of research in the last few years about the impact of inositol in PCOS and how it can help combat future complications in diabetes and PCOS. Myo inositol aids in the following ways.
Improves insulin sensitivity by transporting it to various cells
Helps in maintaining cellular integrity
Useful for proper utilization of calcium within the cell
Breaks down fat
Helps in developing mature ovum
Because of these important properties myo inositol is the most commonly prescribed supplement in PCOS. In fact, it is equally beneficial for diabetic patients. I highly recommend this supplement if you absolutely want to prevent any complication associated with PCOS in the future. Myo Inositol is also known to improve the fertility rate among women with PCOS.
D Chiro inositol
Formed from myo inositol, the deficiency of D chiro inositol can lead to insulin resistance and PCOS. Since D chiro inositol cannot be gained from food, it is important to have it as a supplement to combat insulin resistance.
My last post was all about this amazing micronutrient, magnesium is a boon to those affected by PCOS as it helps in:
keeping the ovum healthy
proper utilization of glucose
combating inflammatory stress
Studies show that many women with PCOS also have low bone density. The problem with hormonal imbalance is that 'imbalance in any one component' can negatively affect the equilibrium in total. Women in particular are more prone to have calcium deficiency when compared to men. A good amount of calcium is needed during pregnancy and after menopause. Include sources of calcium like dairy products, spinach, kale, meat, fish and legumes in your diet. Calcium supplements usually come with vitamin D which is also seen to be deficient in women.
Drugs most commonly prescribed for PCOS like Metformin (for insulin resistance) interfere with the absorption of vitamin B12. Including B12 in your diet can thus be extremely beneficial. Vegetarians are more likely to suffer from this deficiency. Vitamin B12 is available in fortified soy products, cheese, shellfish, red meat and eggs.
Zinc has more of prognostic value as compared to diagnostic. A research conducted in 2014 by biological trace element research suggested that women who have polycystic ovaries have significantly lower levels of zinc and the level increased with treatment. The positive impact of zinc deficiency treatment in women with PCOS was improved outcome. However it comes far down in the priority list among supplements.
If you include even three out of these six important supplements in PCOS, it can reduce your long term complications by almost 50%. Therefore, take the right step and include as many supplements as you can.
The only drawback of taking supplements is that ‘the results are not instantaneous'. You will have to stick to it for a period of at least 6 months to 2 years to see a positive and meaningful change in your health. This makes it very important for you to stay informed, committed and focused thereby making a difference by taking control of your own health.
Positive changes don't come easily, but they sure help you lead a healthier hence happier life' - Dr. Supriya Tiwari
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