PCOS is a disease that is caused by multiple factors and in turn affects several different aspects of your metabolic state. In the last 10 years there has been a dramatic increase in the number of young women diagnosed with this disease. At this time there are approximately 5 million American women of reproductive age who are suffering with PCOS.
WHAT CAUSES PCOS?
Research has shown there is a genetic component to PCOS, but I believe PCOS inflammation contributes to the development of PCOS. Inflammation comes from many different areas. In a sense, PCOS is in a negative feed back loop among the three main areas of "THE PCOS TRIANGLE":
While there can be a strong genetic component of PCOS, excess sugar also plays a contributing factor to the development of PCOS. The diet of most adolescents is filled with large amounts of processed foods and sodas. These “non-foods”, as I like to call them, saturate your body with unhealthy amounts of empty calories that are not providing the body with health-giving nutrients. Moreover, the simple sugars which comprise processed carbohydrates, or so-called "white foods" create a consistent level of elevated blood sugar that stimulates the formation of ovarian cysts, the hallmark of PCOS.
The first step in breaking the cycle of excess sugar is to change not only what you are eating, but how you are eating. The concept of three large meals a day, will not work if you have blood sugar management disease. It’s healthier to eat smaller meals, every 3 to 4 hours. The meals need to be high in protein, and vegetables with minimal carbohydrates, for the carbohydrates are processed too quickly into sugar in your body.
Mornings can be a tricky time for people who have blood sugar issues. Drinking coffee and eating processed carbohydrate, like a muffin or even toast, causes your blood sugar to increase rapidly. The pancreas then perceives there is too much sugar in the body and releases insulin to process it. A few hours later, your blood sugar is low and that’s when people are often reaching for the second morning cup of coffee.
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Inflammation develops through several different avenues and one of them is low folate level. Research has shown that women with PCOS often have low folate levels. This deficiency usually occurs because folic acid, the most common form of folate in supplements and fortified foods, must be converted to its active forms to be used by the body.
RFN HEALTHY FETAL FOLATE is specifically designed to support optimal methylation and provides the active form of folate naturally present in the body and available for biological action. Adequate amount of Folate helps decrease the amount of homocysteine in the body, which in turn lowers the body’s inflammation. Folate is especially important in pregnancy to prevent certain birth defects.
Antioxidants are one of the first lines of defense that the body employs to keep free radicals in check and prevent them from causing a domino effect of damage on other cells. Antioxidant compounds can “donate” electrons to unstable free radicals so they don't have to snatch electrons from unsuspecting nearby cells.
The benefits of antioxidants are very important when dealing with PCOS, because if free radicals are left unchallenged, they contribute to the inflammatory process and ovarian cysts seen with this diease.
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Women with PCOS often have a range of hormonal imbalances, which can cause irregular menstrual cycles, absence of menses and increased levels of androgens, the male sex hormones, such as testosterone. In addition, the cysts on the ovaries, contribute to the development of excess estrogen; and the body has a difficult time breaking down the estrogen.
Is specifically formulated to assist the liver in it’s metabolic functions. The Alpha-Lipoic acid in the Liver Support supplement is a compound found naturally inside every cell in the body. It's needed by the body to produce the energy for our body's normal functions.
Alpha lipoic acid converts glucose (blood sugar) into energy. This is especially important when dealing with PCOS, as one of the main components of PCOS is the development of diabetes. Since people with PCOS often have diabetes, and the resultant high glucose levels, they are more prone to oxidative stress. This contributes to inflammation, which may contribute to the long-term complication of disease development. Antioxidants such as lipoic acid prevent this damage by reducing oxidative stress and neutralizing free radicals.
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The foundation of an integrative treatment for all metabolic disease, especially PCOS, starts with the food people eat. Our Nutritional Guide for Optimal Fertility focuses on a high protein, whole grain-gluten free, low carbohydrate, and minimal sugar food plan. We provide an individually-tailored, workable approach to learning and maintaining a healthy approach to eating.