Nutrients Proven To Benefit Women With PCOS (Minerals in Diet & Supplementation)

PCOS is a complex condition with several complications which differ from female to female. The common issues linked with PCOS are obesity, diabetes, insulin resistance, high blood pressure and imbalanced hormones (higher than normal male hormone levels).

For all of them collectively, these minerals when added in the diet have shown improvement in several studies. Here’s how they help -

1. Magnesium:

  • Improves body's response to insulin
  • Aids in weight management
  • Reduces inflammation & anxiety
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Is found to be low in women with PCOS & insulin resistance

Sources: green leaves (Spinach), Bananas, Seeds (pumpkin/flax/chia), Beans

 2. Chromium:

  • Improves body’s response to insulin
  • Helps stimulate ovulation
  • Helps regulate menstrual cycle
  • Reduces male hormones in the body such as testosterone

Sources: Most of fruits & vegetables such as- Apples, Oranges, Grape juice, Tomato, Beans

  3. Iodine:

  • Helps regulate the hormones by affecting the thyroid gland

 Sources: Prunes, Iodized Salts

 4. Selenium:

  • Improves chances of pregnancy
  • Reduces inflammation in the body
  • Helps normalize hormone levels in the body

Sources: Brazil nuts, Brown rice, Sunflower seeds, Mushrooms, Spinach

**Minerals are to be taken within the required dosage only**

Takeaway -

Several researches have supported the effectiveness of the magnesium, chromium, iodine and selenium for PCOS. Thus, including their sources in the diet can be beneficial for you. Keep in mind, PCOS is a condition that must not be dealt with without a doctor’s and dietitian’s assistance.