Saturday, February 5, 2011

Herbs for PCOS



     If you have been diagnosed with PCOS, you may also be struggling with fertility. SoulCysters, an online resource for women diagnosed with PCOS, says that the Chinese herb Sairei normalized reproductive hormones levels and induced ovulation in 71 percent of tested women who suffer with PCOS. Other herbs that can help to regulate your hormonal balance include phytoestrogen and phytoprogesteronic herbs such as blue cohosh, false unicorn root, dandelion and milk thistle.

  1. Also consider taking vitex, or chaste tree berry. This popular herb for PCOS helps increase the production of progesterone and regulate cycles. This elevated progesterone level can help stop the amenorrhea you may be experiencing as a result of your PCOS. Results from Vitex generally take 3 to 6 months. 

  2. Other Supplements

  3. In addition to adding herbs to help with your PCOS, consider adding in other supplements as well. Marilyn Shannon, author of "Fertility, Cycles and Nutrition" recommends adding 1,000 milligrams of magnesium a day to help regulate insulin levels and the cellular response to insulin, as elevated insulin levels are associated with PCOS. Also, add 400 mcg of chromium picolinate and 30 milligrams of vanadium daily for insulin resistance associated with being overweight.

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