PCOS or polycystic ovary syndrome is a metabolic syndrome where your body produces more male hormones and results in irregular menstruation, infertility, obesity, acne, excessive facial growth and many more. All of you who are suffering from PCOS must be wondering how to treat PCOS.
As earlier we have discussed the causes and symptoms of PCOS, alternative and ayurvedic remedies, best supplements, weight loss exercises and diet plans for PCOS. Now I want to bring your attention to one of the most important nutrients needed to treat PCOS. Yes, this valuable nutrient is vitamin D.
Vitamin D acts as a hormone in a female’s body and regulates calcium absorption with many other endocrine functions. It poses a great role in improving fertility as well help to treat PCOS symptoms.
How is vitamin D linked to PCOS?
90% of the girls and women suffering from PCOS or polycystic ovary syndrome are vitamin D efficient. That makes their symptoms more severe than the women suffering from PCOS but have normal levels of vitamin D. But to treat PCOS symptoms vitamin D is an essential nutrient.
Low vitamin D levels hamper the estrogen levels which is responsible for abnormal menstrual cycle and delayed ovulation. Vitamin d deficiency can also cause increased insulin resistance which may cause a rise in blood sugar levels which is enough to worsen your symptoms.
How do you know if your vitamin D is low?
Low vitamin D may and may not show symptoms. You can co-relate and if you have any of the following symptoms:
- Back pain
- Muscle ache
- Hair loss
- Mood swings
- Dry skin and hairs
- Stress fractures
Prolonged deficiency can cause
- Cardiovascular Disease
- Endocrine imbalance
- Pregnancy complications
- Autoimmune disorders
How does vitamin D helps in treating PCOS?
Vitamin D improves insulin utilization in your body which means an adequate amount of vitamin D serum increase insulin sensitivity.
Good insulin sensitivity is a must-have requirement on your journey to treat PCOS. You can also brew a cup of cinnamon ginger tea to increase your insulin sensitivity.
A low blood glucose index will help you in lowering the androgen levels and reduce the PCOS symptoms and weight loss.
Vitamin D benefits in PCOS
Vitamin D overall provides amazing health benefits such as strengthening bones and teeth, but exceptionally help women suffering from PCOS in the following ways:
- Boosts estrogen level
- Reduces androgen production
- Balances hormone levels naturally
- Aids weight loss
- Improve insulin sensitivity
- Reduces risk of hypertension and cardiovascular disease
- Supports immune system
- Elevates mood/depression
- Prevent risk of type-II diabetes
- Helps to have better egg quality in women planning for pregnacy
Sources of vitamin-D
Natural sunlight is the best way to get vitamin D. Sit in sunlight for 10-15 minutes in the morning to get plenty of sunshine vitamin. You can also find it in
- Fish liver oil, that is the richest sources if vitamin d
- Beef liver
- Fortified cereals and juices
- Sun charged water
How to make sun charged water?
Making sun charged water is very easy and simple, follow the following steps:
- Take drinking water in 2-liter bottle
- Keep it in the sunlight for 5-6 hours
- Now bring it inside and let it rest at room temperature
- Now drink from the bottle whenever you want to drink water
- Do not refrigerate sun charges water
Vitamin D supplements
If you are opting for vitamin D supplements then make sure to choose the trusted brands. You can make it simple by choosing weekly doses.
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