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Saturday, September 1, 2012
Antioxidants beneficial for PCOS
Recent studies show that women with PCOS are at a much risk of experiencing oxidative stress, than women without the condition. Oxidative stress is defined as a condition of increased oxidant production in cells caused by the release of free radicals which results in cellular degeneration. These free radicals cause a NUMBER of diseases and conditions (including cancer) as well as premature aging.
Oxidative stress can be caused my many things such as poor diet, pollution, alcohol, medications, or inflammation. Women with PCOS often have chronic inflammation, usually due to being overweight thanks to insulin resistance. Most also have a poor diet, which likely led to the IR. Yet again, a vicious circle.
Other than eating right, exercising and supplemting to control insulin resistance, one should include a powerful antioxidant to her regime as well. Antioxidants protect body cells from the damaging effects of oxidation. PCOSInfo recommends Reservatrol.
Reservatrol is a a compound found in red grapes, peanuts, and mulberries. It is the key ingredient in red wine that makes it so “heart healthy”. Its an exceptional antioxidant however it also provides other benefits that are extremely important to PCOS’ers:
Reduction of coronary risk – increases good cholesterol and provides protection for your arteries, as well as help to prevent blood clots. This is extremely beneficial to PCOS’ers since we’re at a much higher risk of getting heart disease AND stroke !
Boosts immune system
Improves brain activity, significantly reducing the likelihood of neurodegenerative diseases
Radiation exposure reduction
Increases metabolic rate which helps increase weight loss and energy levels