Internal inflammation is part of the body’s immune system, which triggers a defense response to harmful stimuli inside the body like PCOS symptoms such as insulin resistance and high blood pressure.
But internal inflammation is also damaging because, in the process, it produces C-reactive protein (CRP), which can harm the cardiovascular system with plaque build-up in the arteries.
It’s important to reverse PCOS symptoms which can cause inflammation and a healthy diet is a key weapon. Fortunately, there are many anti-inflammatory foods and over the coming months we will be recommending some to you. For starters, try to eat more cold water fish like salmon, which contain anti-inflammatory fats called omega-3s.
Tip: wild salmon has more of these healthy fats than does farmed salmon. All salmon from Alaska is wild, whereas Atlantic salmon is usually farmed. Herring and sardines are also good sources of omega-3 fats.
Inflammation can go hand-in-hand with PCOS and, if neglected, may increase the risk of heart disease.
Fortunately, there are numerous anti-inflammatory food groups and they should be included in the healthy diet of any woman with polycystic ovarian syndrome.
One example is cruciferous vegetables, which include broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts and kale, which are loaded with heart-healthy antioxidants.
They also provide another vital ingredient, namely sulfur, which the body needs to make its own high-powered antioxidants.
Inflammation is closely associated with causing heart disease, which, in turn, is often linked with symptoms of PCOS.
So it’s best to include as many anti-inflammatory foods as possible in your diet. One of the most effective is ginger, which is also thought to help control blood sugar levels and assist in preventing the onset of pre-diabetes. If neglected, the latter condiiton can lead to the type 2 variety.
An easy way to introduce ginger into your healthy diet is to brew your own ginger “tea.” Use a peeler to remove the skin off a piece of ginger, then add several thin slices to a cup of hot water and let it steep for a few minutes.
The result is a deliciously distinctive and refreshing taste. And it’s nice to know the drink is doing you good, too.