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Can Cinnamon Restore Menstrual Cycles in PCOS?
October 17, 2013
A study presented at the joint conference of the International Federation of Fertility Societies (IFFS) and American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) this week says cinnamon may restore regularity of the menstrual cycle for women with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS).
Existing data suggests cinnamon added to the diet of a woman with PCOS can reduce insulin resistance, a condition linked to the hormone imbalance in these women and often the cause of retaining weight in the belly along with other PCOS-related symptoms.
The study conducted at Columbia University in New York City looked at data of 45 women with PCOS. The study group received cinnamon supplements over the course of six months and reported more regular menses than the control group which received a placebo supplement (did not contain cinnamon). Participants in the study group averaged 3.82 menstrual cycles over six months while the control group averaged 2.2 menstrual cycles. In addition, two natural pregnancies resulted for women who had taken the cinnamon supplement.
Despite the fact that this study was conducted on a rather small sample of women, it shows cinnamon may be an effective and inexpensive treatment for controlling PCOS symptoms, insulin resistance, and restoring the menstrual cycle.