PCOS Review Newsletter #35

Garlic is Good for PCOS

Some Fats Reduce Acne

Garlic is Good for PCOS

Women who have polycystic ovary syndrome frequently have elevated blood levels of glucose, cholesterol and triglycerides -- which are indicators of increased risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease. They also experience fatigue or tiredness.

Did you know that garlic can help with all these problems?

Two recent studies of rats have shown rather dramatic favorable results with garlic. In one study, large amounts of raw garlic were effective in reducing glucose (blood sugar), and the blood fats cholesterol and triglycerides. Boiled garlic or relatively low amounts of raw garlic reduced blood fats but not glucose.

In another study, rats given a garlic extract had less fatigue when exercising compared to rats not eating garlic.

We recommend you consume as much garlic as you like. Raw garlic is more effective but cooked garlic is also beneficial. It's an inexpensive and flavorful way to improve your health and help prevent future problems such as cardiovascular disease.

You can add raw garlic slices to soups, salads or any vegetable or cooked dish.

Thomson, M et al, Including garlic in the diet may help lower blood glucose, cholesterol, and triglycerides, J Nutr., 2006; 136(3): 800S-2S
Morihara, N et al, Aged garlic extract ameliorates physical fatigue, Biol Pharm Bull. 2006 May;29(5):962-6

Some Fats Reduce Acne

Does eating fatty foods contribute to acne? The answer is both "yes" and "no". It depends on what kind of fats you're consuming.

We have a complete review of good and bad dietary fats in our book, The Natural Diet Solution for PCOS and Infertility.

Here we'll just talk about two of the dietary fats, called "omega-6" and "omega-3". You need a balance of these two fats in order to avoid a host of chronic health disorders. Before modern foods were invented, the ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fats was 1:1. In other words, your ancestors consumed an equal amount of each fat in their diet.

Unfortunately, the typical western diet gives you a very unbalanced and unhealthy ratio of these fats. The current omega-6 to omega-3 fat ratio in the western diet can be as high as 20:1, meaning that we consume twenty times as much omega-6 as omega-3 fats.

The consequences are health problems of all kinds, including acne.

A diet high in omega-3 fats may help to prevent acne. They inhibit the clumping of cells in hair follicles, which can plug up the follicle and lead to acne.

In contrast, some omega-6 fats can be metabolized into an inflammatory substance called LB4. High levels of LB4 are associated with acne.

Omega-6 fats are commonly found in vegetable oils, margarine and refined convenience foods of all kinds.

Where can you get more of the beneficial omega-3 fats in your diet? Good sources are cold water fish, wild game and some vegetables such as greens. A very convenient source is cod liver oil.

However, some people object to eating fish or dislike the fishy taste of cod liver oil. In this case, the most convenient source is capsules of highly concentrated fish oil called "EPA/DHA.".

EPA/DHA fish oil capsules combined with the dietary guidelines described on our book provide a good foundation for reducing the risk of developing acne.

Logan AC,Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Acne, Arch Dermatol, July 2003;139:941-942

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