5 Spices For Your PCOS and Hormones
What Are Spices And Why Include Them In Your PCOS Diet?
A spice can come from the root, stem, seed, fruit, flower or bark of the plant or tree. Spices have been used for many years as medicine. They are a natural treatment approach to medicine. Researchers have and are uncovering the many benefits of spices for PCOS and hormonal health.
Spices come from plants, making them naturally ingredients and therefore making them a great alternative, as they are safer and healthier to include into your diet rather than any pill. Therefore there is no harm in giving them a go, however, at times it is recommended that you follow guidelines of how often and how much you use these spices.
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Cinnamon is a popular spice that provides a great aroma, a slight kick but also is gives a strong sweet taste. While it is a great spice to use to add flavour it is also used for medicinal purposes. Researchers have found a range of benefits for PCOS and ones health.
A study found that cinnamon and components of cinnamon offer many benefits in relation to factors associated with metabolic syndrome, including insulin sensitivity, glucose, lipids, antioxidants, inflammation, blood pressure, and body weight.
Furthermore, a study found in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology found that supplementing with cinnamon improved menstrual cyclicity in women with PCOS. In addition, a study conducted by Iwaoka et al (2010) found that the cinnamaldehyde in cinnamon (which gives it its flavour and odour) increased progesterone release in a dose-dependent manner. The results also showed that testosterone and dehydroepiandrosterone concentrations decreased due to cinnamaldehyde exposure.
Turmeric is a yellow spice and is commonly found in Indian curries.
Curcumin is an active component found in turmeric and is believed to be the source which holds all the benefits. A 2013 review of studies suggests that curcumin can decrease the level of glucose in blood.
Studies also show that curcumin has anti-inflammatory properties, which is beneficial for women with PCOS as inflammation is a common cause of PCOS and hormone imbalanaces.
Coriander has anti-inflammatory and emmenagogue properties. It is the emmenagogue that makes it a great home remedy when trying to regain ones menstrual cycle but also to relieve some of the pain associated with periods such as cramps.
Although, it is suggested that you use it with caution as it can result in potential allergic reactions from the furanocomarins.
Ginger has anti-oxidative properties making it a great spice for women with PCOS who often suffer with stress and therefore high cortisol levels. Ginger is able to strengthen the body's antioxidant status which will in turn result in a strong immune system and prevent chronic diseases. Research indicates it is the presence of alpha, beta-unsaturated ketone moiety which gives ginger its potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Furthermore, a study found that ginger help lower fasting glucose and HbA1c levels, when combined with dietary and lifestyle changes, which can be beneficial when managing Type 2 Diabetes.
Garlic is a highly recognised spice in many cultures for its health properties and its ability to treat diseases. Research has shown that garlic can help with many cardiovascular diseases, including lowering high blood pressure.
Researchers undertook an experiment to establish whether garlic is beneficial in treating diabetes. The study tested individuals who took metformin and the results showed that participants who supplemented with garlic along with metformin had shown a substantial decrease in fasting glucose during the 12 week experiment compared to taking metformin alone.
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