ZINC AND PCOS

Posted by Emily Johnson on

I think we have all heard about Zinc through the last couple of years and its role in keeping our immune systems strong to help fight off disease. Zinc is so much more than that. 

Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) affects up to 15 percent of women and involves many different parts of the body. Taking zinc for PCOS may help reduce common symptoms of this condition like unwanted hair growth and/or hair loss, acne, high blood sugar, and more.

Zinc helps to perform so many functions within the body. Let's take a look. 

 

What is Zinc?

 Zinc is a mineral found naturally in various foods and often added to dietary supplements. It also acts as an antioxidant, meaning it helps prevent cellular damage and has anti-inflammatory benefits.

Zinc has many important functions in the body including:
  • Boosts Immunity
  • Protein Synthesis
  • Wound Healing
  • Thyroid Health
  • Blood Sugar Regulation

 

Zinc and PCOS

Do you have Insulin Resistant PCOS? It's crucial that you are getting enough Zinc in your body daily as women with PCOS tend to already have inadequate levels of zinc. 

Zinc insufficiency can increase your risk of diabetes, obesity, and glucose intolerance which are key players in the vicious cycle of worsening PCOS.

Zinc is an essential mineral that helps to:

  • Reduces PCOS Acne
  • Boosts Immunity
  • Reduces Hirsutism
  • Alleviates PMS Symptoms
  • Stabilizes Blood Sugar

 

Sources of Zinc

So, how can you ensure that you are getting an adequate amount of Zinc into your daily diet? 

PCOS is highly reactive to diet and lifestyle changes. These foods contain rich sources of zinc that may be beneficial to managing PCOS, treating infertility, and other hormone imbalances. 

  • Shellfish: oysters, crab, lobster
  • Meat: beef, turkey, pork, chicken
  • Legumes: soybeans, chickpeas, kidney beans
  • Nuts and seeds: pumpkin seeds, pecans, cashews, almonds
  • Whole grains: oats
Dark chocolate also contains a fair amount of zinc, so you can happily choose a few squares of dark chocolate for a sweet treat!

Zinc Supplements for PCOS

The upper limit for Zinc is around 40mg daily. That's why we created BalanceHER to include 32mg per serving, which is perfect for PCOS. Taking a Zinc supplement can be a very helpful factor in treating the root cause of your PCOS.

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Zinc alone will not 100% treat your symptoms of PCOS, but should be used alongside a balanced diet, the right nutritional supplements, slow-weighted workouts, restful sleep, and stress management. Some people do require additional supplementation for their PCOS

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