L-Carnitine + Right Diet = PCOS Improvement
A large percentage of women who have PCOS also have difficulty maintaining normal levels of glucose (blood sugar) and insulin.
We have recommended for years that a low calorie density and a high nutrient density is an effective diet for normalizing blood sugar and insulin. By following this type of diet, you can cause your PCOS-related symptoms to diminish.
By low calorie density, we mean a relatively low number of calories per volume of food. For example, a walnut has a lower calorie density than walnut oil. A piece of broccoli has a lower calorie density than French fries.
By higher nutrient density, we mean there is more nutrition associated with every calorie you consume. Thus a walnut has more nutrition than walnut oil, and broccoli has more nutrition than French fries.
Food that is low in calorie density and high in nutrient density is a basic principle of The Natural Diet Solution for PCOS and Infertility ebook.
By its very nature, this type of diet is a low-calorie or restricted calorie diet. For example, in this diet you can eat all the broccoli you want but French fries are excluded.
This kind of diet will help you to normalize your blood sugar and insulin.
But what could happen if you were to add specialized nutrients to this type of diet? Could you get even better results?
The answer is "yes".
A good example is l-carnitine. A small but very interesting study was just released from Sapienza University in Italy. They studied two groups of individuals who had blood sugar and insulin metabolism problems. One group was on a low-calorie diet. The other group was on a low-calorie diet, but also took 2 grams of l-carnitine twice a day for 10 days.
By the end of 10 days, both groups showed improvement in their blood sugar levels.
However, only the group taking the carnitine additionally had an improvement in their insulin function. Remember, insulin dysfunction is a root cause of PCOS. If you can reduce or eliminate the root cause, your symptoms will start to disappear.
This Italian study is just one example of the use of specialized nutritional supplements in combination with an optimal diet.
Of course, if you also include increased exercise, you'll get positive results even sooner.
We have quite a number of medical studies on file to indicate that selected nutritional supplements combined with proper diet is often more effective than diet alone.
One of the authors of the carnitine study had this to say about nutrition: "I strongly believe that nutrition will greatly help in facing the medical challenges of this era, since our genes have evolved over hundreds of thousands year to respond to nutrients. Drugs have appeared only a few centuries ago, and therefore our genetic profile is still more sensitive to nutrients, and will remain so for thousands of years to come."
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Source: Molfino A et al, Caloric restriction and L-carnitine administration improves insulin sensitivity in patients with impaired glucose metabolism, JPEN J Parenter Enteral Nutr. 2010 May-Jun;34(3):295-9
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