While berberine may be new to the polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) community, nothing is new about the numerous benefits of this potent supplement. Used for thousands of years in China as a treatment for diabetes and infertility, berberine is an herb that is showing great promise for treating -and preventing- many of the difficult and frustrating symptoms and complications associated with PCOS. Here are 10 of the many benefits of berberine for women with PCOS.
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We have been recommending inositol to women with PCOS for years at the PCOS Nutrition Center. And for good reason: A combination of myo and d-chiro inositol (Ovasitol) have been shown to reduce insulin resistance and gestational diabetes, and inositol helps to improve fertility by improving egg quality and ovulation. A new study now suggests that inositol can help those suffering from type 2 diabetes achieve glycemic control and could even be a replacement for metformin.
Emerging research is showing that coenzyme Q10 or CoQ10 may offer numerous benefits to women with PCOS, Coenzyme Q10 has been shown to be involved in improving fertility and pregnancy in women with PCOS. Newer research is showing the potential of Q10 to lower cholesterol and insulin levels as well. Here’s what to know about Coenzyme Q10 if you have PCOS.
One of the biggest complaints I hear from my private PCOS Nutrition Coaching patients is that they crave sweets and other high carb foods all the time. Can you relate? As a woman with PCOS, this is something I used to experience too. Growing up, I always wanted sweets. I would eat them in the morning after I woke up and even after having a satisfying meal. I couldn’t resist passing up a bakery. For all I knew, the cravings I had were normal. It wasn’t until I was in college that I noticed most other women didn’t have these cravings. Soon after college, I was diagnosed with PCOS and it all made sense. Now, I’m happy to say I don’t have those cravings like I used to have. Here’s what’s helped me and my private patients get rid of PCOS food cravings for good.
Essential oils can provide amazing support for a variety of concerns, both emotional and physical. Here are five areas that are of great importance for managing PCOS and overall well-being.
The most common medication used in women with PCOS is the insulin-sensitizer metformin. Research is strongly showing that long-term use of metformin and at high doses (1.5 mg or higher daily) can deplete levels of vitamin B12. A deficiency of vitamin B12 can cause permanent neurological and nerve damage as well as mood changes and decreased energy. Here’s what you need to know to avoid a vitamin B12 deficiency if you take metformin.