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Natural Remedies for PCOS and Insulin Resistance
|Many women have had success using progesterone cream to produce regular
periods after experiencing PCOS-related amenhorrea as an alternative to taking
Provera. If you have been using progesterone cream and think you may be pregnant,
be sure that you aren't before you stop using it because it is possible that
suddenly stopping could cause a miscarriage.|
|1/2 to 3/4 tsp. of cinnamon with every meal helps keep insulin & blood
sugar levels under control. It contains a phytochemical called methyl hydroxy
chalcone polymer (MHCP) which improves cellular glucose utilization and
increases the sensitivity of insulin receptors. 1|
|Glutamine is an amino acid which has been shown in animal studies
to prevent high blood sugar and insulin levels in mice that were
susceptible to developing high sugar levels when fed a high-fat diet. 2|
Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids (omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids)
|Help keep cell membranes flexible. Flexible cell membranes have more
and better insulin receptors, which improves glucose metabolism. Flax
seed and some kinds of deep-sea fish have them - you can get it in capsules
too - borage oil, black currant oil, evening primrose oil, flax seed oil, fish
|Chromium deficiency produces symptoms of diabetes and insulin
resistance, including high blood sugar levels, decreased sensitivity of
insulin receptors, lower HDL (good) cholesterol and high total cholesterol
and triglyceride levels. Modern diets that are rely heavily on sugar and
refined grains (white flour and white rice, for example) aggravate chromium
deficiency because more chromium is used to metabolize them than is
replaced by the foods. Chromium picolinate seems to be the most bio-available
form, though GTF chromium has been studied longer and is recommended by Drs.
Rachael and Richard Heller, authors of the Carbohydrate Addict's Diet books;
200 mcg/day of either may prevent diabetes in those predisposed to it and
improve insulin resistance symptoms. 1|
1. Health and Nutrition Breakthroughs, September 1998.
2. Health and Nutrition Breakthroughs, November 1997.
3. Goldfine, A.B., Simonson, D.C., Folli, F., Patti, M.E.,
Kahn, C.R., Metabolic Effects of Sodium Metavanadate in Humans with Insulin
Dependent and Non-insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus In Vivo and In Vitro
Studies. J Clin Endocrinol Metab., 1995, 80 (11): 3311-3320.
4. Goldfine, A.B., Simonson, D.C., Folli, F., Patti, M.E.,
Kahn, C.R., In vivo and In Vitro Studies of Vanadate in Human and Rodent Diabetes
Mellitus. Mol Cell Biochem., 1995, 153: 217-231.
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