Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) can be a bugger. You may see not to eat lots of your favourite foods because they can increase your acne, facial hair or weight. Looking at the list of things you “shouldn’t” eat can be overwhelming and frustrating.
The good news is that there are literally TONS of healthy and PCOS-friendly foods out there. Some of these foods can be considered superfoods because of their high nutrient content and PCOS-managing abilities.
I use many superfoods in my diet to keep my symptoms at bay and to live a vibrantly healthy lifestyle. PCOS isn’t holding me back! I do not give it permission.
Anyways. . .Enjoy the following superfoods in your diet to help manage your PCOS naturally.
Spirulina is a blue-green algae that has been very popular in the health-food scene for the last 10 years or so at least. Spirulina is full of blood-sugar balancing protein, blood-building iron, and thyroid-protective iodine. In women with PCOS, the thyroid and adrenals glands are often under-functioning. Using seafoods like spirulina can help to mitigate these issues. Spirulina also contains gamma linoleic acid or GLA, which is great news for painful periods associated with PCOS. While it does have an ocean-y taste to it, it’s easily disguised in smoothies, avocado pudding
and other foods. Begin with 1/2 tsp daily and work up to 1-2 tsp daily, depending on your tolerance.
Cinnamon is a very popular and super freakin’ delicious spice. It also has some pretty amazing health benefits. For your PCOS, cinnamon will increase insulin sensitivity
and reduce blood glucose levels
. Cinnamon also prevents (or slows) post-meal blood glucose levels by slowing the emptying of your stomach. Enjoy 1 tsp cinnamon every day sprinkled on your breakfast, baked into a grain-free granola for snack, or any other way you like it! Don’t like cinnamon? Take a cinnamon capsule instead.
I’m a tea freak
. You know this about me, right? The good news is that green tea is one of the best beverages for your PCOS. Green tea has anti-cancer properties and is anti-inflammatory. Green tea contains something called epigallocatechins which help to inhibit 5-alpha reductase, which prevents or reduces the conversion of testosterone
to the ‘bad’ form called dihydrotestosterone or DHT. DHT is a main culprit in your acne, facial hair and hair loss. Green tea also assists in moderate weight loss
although it shouldn’t be the ONLY thing you use to lose weight. One study also showed that green tea consumption could manage your amenorrhea
, or lack of periods.
Spearmint, like green tea, has anti-androgen properties. It seems to reduce free testosterone in the blood stream. Women in studies of spearmint tea reported better quality of life in relation to their acne and hirsutism, so bonus for your self-esteem! Beyond this, spearmint tea increases levels of
luteinizing hormone (LH) and follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), which could help to regulate cycles and fertility. The studies suggest taking 1 cup of spearmint as a tea two times daily for at least one month to see benefits.
Broccoli, a member of the Brassica
vegetable family is a motherload of health for your PCOS. Broccoli contains fibre and plenty of vitamins. Beyond this, a component in broccoli called sulforaphane is protective against estrogen-mediated cancers like some breast cancers. The reason for this is that broccoli improves estrogen metabolism
. This is fantastic for managing your PCOS, because most often women with PCOS are estrogen dominant. The fibre in broccoli will also help your body to detoxify estrogen, adding to the long list of benefits of eating this tree-like veggie. If you have an underachieve thyroid, cook your broccoli most of the time. Enjoy this vegetable a few times a week for maximum benefits.
These delicious little nuggets of health are great for your PCOS. Sesame seeds contain good amounts of Vitamin B6, great for reducing bloating, regulating progesterone, eliminating breast tenderness and decreasing depression to name a few. Beyond the vitamins, sesame seeds contains lots of important minerals. Magnesium and calcium are found in abundance in these little seeds. You want these minerals for your mood, blood sugar regulation, energy creation, muscle health (including your organs- they’re muscle too!) and physical stamina. Get a few tablespoons of these awesome seeds into your diet weekly.
Have you tried any of these superfoods? How to you use them? Post in the comments below!