Polycystic ovary syndrome or PCOS is a common problem nowadays. In fact, 4-20% of women of reproductive age suffer from it worldwide, as per the Journal of Human Reproductive Sciences. Although the exact cause is not known, higher than normal androgen level is believed to play a role, as per the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Androgen is the hormone that contributes to the growth and reproduction in both males and females. PCOS can cause irregular periods, excess hair growth on the face and body, and even more serious health issues such as diabetes, hypertension, and even stroke. Hence, it is extremely crucial to manage it. And certain seeds can help you with it.
Yes, it can be that easy. “Seeds are a great way of balancing hormones for women who have PCOS,” says Fitbee, a Hyderabad-based fitness company that specialises in fitness and nutrition programs for women. Although the working of hormones is extremely complicated, certain seeds are believed to play a positive role in balancing them. Before we look into such seeds, let’s know a bit more about PCOS.
What Is PCOS, Its Symptoms?
A lifelong disease that affects 4-20% of global women, PCOS is the most common cause behind infertility in women. Although the exact cause is not known, the following factors are believed to play roles:
- Weight: Being overweight is believed to be among the factors behind PCOS. However, this hasn’t been completely established as many women with normal weight have PCOS, while some overweight women don’t.
- Genetics: A woman whose family members have PCOS is likely to suffer from it too, as per the US CDC.
- Insulin Resistance: Many women with PCOS have insulin resistance too, which in turn makes them prone to developing type-2 diabetes.
Here are some common symptoms of PCOS:
- Irregular periods
- Excess hair growth on face and body
- Thinning of hair
- Weight gain, especially around the belly
Effects Of PCOS
As you know it is the most common cause of infertility in women, however, it’s not the only cause for concern. PCOS is associated with some serious health issues such as:
- Gestational diabetes
- Sleep apnea
- Heart disease
Seeds For PCOS
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As you saw PCOS can have some serious health implications, hence it’s crucial to manage it. Here are some seeds you can include in your diet that can help you with hormonal imbalance:
- Chia Seeds: A rich source of omega-3 fatty acids, chia seeds also contain antioxidants, calcium, iron, and fiber. They also aid weight loss, help in lowering blood sugar level and is believed to be good for the heart health.
- Sunflower Seeds: Rich in selenium, sunflower seeds also have anti-inflammatory properties and are a good source of fiber and protein.
- Pumpkin Seeds: High in magnesium and antioxidants, pumpkin seeds reduce the risk of osteoporosis in women after menopause.
- Flax Seeds: Rich in omega-3 fatty acids and fiber, it is believed to regulate estrogen production in the body, thus helping with hormonal imbalance.
- Sesame Seeds: Rich in protein, sesame seeds are also packed with calcium, zinc, and magnesium.
- Hemp Seeds: A good source of phyto-compounds, hemp seeds are believed to help with the symptoms of menopause.
How To Consume These Seeds?
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You can eat these seeds raw, with water, by sprinkling them over your cereals, yogurt, or smoothies. You can also roast them, cook, or add them while baking. The thing to remember is that how you have them doesn’t matter as much as the consistency. Make it a habit to include these seeds in your daily diet for their amazing benefits for PCOS and your overall health.
(With inputs from Fitbee, a Hyderabad-based fitness company)
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