Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is a type of hormonal disorder in which the production of male hormone androgen increases and interrupts the normal pattern of ovulation in women. Obesity can be one of the major causes behind PCOS. When a woman suffers from PCOS she faces issues in conceiving a child. In this article we will learn ten foods to eat and avoid during PCOS.
Let us see top ten foods which are advisable to eat during PCOS
Vegetables have loads of iron, B, K, C and E vitamins, calcium, magnesium, potassium that converts fat, carbohydrates and protein into energy and regulates adequate level of blood sugar in the body. Consumption of vegetables also creates a fine hormonal balance to help a person to get relieved from the symptoms and conceive normally.
Broccoli is rich in calcium which produces right amount of insulin and helps in development of follicle in ovaries and egg maturation.
Avocados are rich in potassium is which helps in metabolism of insulin and production of energy on sustained basis. It helps in preventing the symptoms of PMS and weight loss in people who require it.
Apple is very beneficial in treatment of PCOS as it has essential nutrients which help to combat PCOS. It has good amounts of protein which regulates the sugar contents in the blood.
Blueberries are another amazing fruit which is highly effective in lowering increased level of sugar in the body. Consumption of this fruit also improves insulin sensitivity.
Olive oil has lots of healthy fats that are very important in the treatment of PCOS. It has omega 3 fatty acids which are helpful in balancing hormones, reduction of excess weight and improved fertility. Olive oil has mono saturated fats which lowers insulin resistance remarkably.
Deficiency of vitamin D leads to occurrence of PCOS. Salmon is considered as best source of vitamin D and healthy fats.
Oats is an example of low GI carbohydrate food which requires long time for digestion. It slowly increases insulin and the levels of glucose in the blood. You get a constant supply of energy throughout the day.
Cinnamon is a flavouring agent and shows helpful qualities properties that enhances insulin sensitivity and successfully treats obesity and PCOS. It brings down the increased levels of sugar in the blood.
Increased levels of testosterone lead to occurrence of acne, facial hairs, pimples etc. Licorice root has glycyrrhiz in which reduces testosterone hormone, which gives you relief from PCOS.
Now let us see some of the foods which one should avoid during PCOS
Refined Carbohydrate Food
Sugar has detrimental effects which causes obesity and leads to the occurrence of PCOS. In this category comes sugar, and food items which have large amounts of sugar like biscuits, chocolates, cakes, candy, soft drinks, packaged fruit juices, ice cream etc.
White Rice has increased amount of carbohydrate, starch and sugar which results into insulin resistance and weakened glucose tolerance.
Packaged And Frozen Foods
Packaged and frozen foods are nil in nutritional content and have high amount of sugar. It creates disturbance in the level of insulin and obstructs ovulation.
Foods With Trans Fatty Acids
Consumption of trans fats increases the risk of ovulation issues by 75%. In place of foods containing transfat one should consume foods with monounsaturated fats like nuts, fish etc.
Caffeine increases the levels of oestrogen in the body. It is liver’s work to eliminate this excessive amount of oestrogen from the body. This overburdens liver and reduces its capacity. When the liver fails to eliminate oestrogen from the body it leads to PCOS.
Alcohol is rapidly converted into the form of sugar in the body which leads to reduced glucose tolerance, lesser insulin resistance and occurrence of diabetes type II. Alcohol leads to build up of acidity and inflammation which ultimately causes PCOS.
Oily And Processed Foods
Oily and Processed foods have added additives, chemicals and preservatives which enhances the secretion of prostaglandins that leads to increased levels of insulin and inflammation.
Now a days you would find food items filled with artificial sweeteners which increases the levels of oestrogen,testosterone and inflammation in the body. Opt for natural sweeteners to protect you from the risk of PCOS.
Dairy products like milk, cheese, butter, yogurt etc. have significant amount of saturated fats. It is recommended to consume low fat dairy products to reduce the possibilities of PCOS to a large extent.
Red Meat is high in bad cholesterol which increases obesity in the body and blood sugar levels. This reduces insulin sensitivity and gives rise to PCOS. Instead choose lean meat, skin off chicken as a healthy alternative to red meat.