What Is Polycystic Ovary Syndrome?
Polycystic ovary syndrome are ovaries that are covered with small follicles in which the egg develops. These follicles appear in clumps rather like a bunch of grapes. Polycystic ovaries are not particularly troublesome, however when the cysts cause a hormonal imbalance can lead to a series of other symptoms. No definite cause has been confirmed but has been suggested that the problem stems from the ovaries, which are unable to produce the hormones in the correct proportions. his in turn seems to affect a number of other different hormonal pathways in the body.
How Do You Know If You Have PCOS?
Your doctor will diagnose PCOS by ultra-sound together with hormone blood tests. The hormones measured will include FSH, LH, and androgens (male hormones), prolactin & thyroid function.
- Weight gain
- Excess hair growth
- High levels of blood glucose (sugar)
- Increased appetite
- Skin conditions
The use of certain vitamins and minerals can be extremely useful in helping correct the symptoms of PCOS, when taken while working on diet and lifestyle. Usually your doctor will recommend using the pill to regulate your periods, which may have even further imbalances between the number of key vitamins and minerals. The following list of vitamins, minerals and herbs can help towards correcting your symptoms of PCOS. Always consult your doctor before taking any supplements/herbal medication, especially if you are on prescribed medication for your symptoms.
Chromium is an important mineral to encourage the formation of glucose tolerance factor which is released by the liver to make insulin more efficient. Deficiency of chromium can lead to insulin resistance leading to blood sugar imbalances. Chromium is also a widely researched mineral used for weight-loss.
B-vitamins are important in helping to correct the symptoms of PCOS, regarding controlling weight, balancing blood sugars, maintain hormone balance and thyroid function.
Agnus Castus is an important herb for PCOS as it helps to stimulate and normalise the function of the pituitary gland which controls the release of LH.
Saw Palmetto works as an anti-androgen which can be very helpful given high levels of testosterone in PCOS. For those that have excess hair growth adding saw palmetto to you daily routine can be helpful.
Diet & lifestyle
In conjunction with a healthy diet, exercise helps to control weight and keeps your blood sugars in balance. For more tips on diet and life style call in-store to get some expert advice to control your symptoms of PCOS.
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