Resveratrol May Help Balance Hormones for Women With Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
Approximately 8% of women of reproductive age suffer from polycystic ovary syndrome, which causes an over production of testosterone and other hormones. A recent study suggests that taking resveratrol supplements may help women with polycystic ovary syndrome balance their hormones.
The increase of these hormones in women with polycystic ovary syndrome has been linked with irregular or nonexistent menstruation, hair on the face and body, infertility and an increased risk of diabetes.
Participants in the study included 30 women with polycystic ovary syndrome who were given either 1,500 mg of resveratrol or a placebo daily for 12 weeks. Testosterone and other hormone levels were tested at the beginning and end of the study. Diabetes risk factors were also assessed at the beginning and end of the study via oral glucose tolerance tests.
At the conclusion of the study, the researchers noted a 23.1% drop in testosterone levels, a 10.5% drop in dehydroepiandrosterone sulphate (DHEAS) and a 31.8% decrease in fasting insulin levels in the resveratrol group. In comparison, the placebo group had a 2.9% rise in testosterone and a 10.5% rise in DHEAS. DHEAS is another hormone that is overproduced in women with polycystic ovary syndrome.
Researchers from the University of California conducted the study. It was published online ahead of print on October 18, 2016, in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.
Previous studies have shown resveratrol to be a powerful antioxidant with health benefits that include increasing energy levels, improving brain health, reducing the appearance of aging, improving metabolism, and improving liver function.
Resveratrol can be found in lower levels in a variety of foods including red wine, grapes, grape seed extract, and peanuts. A glass of red wine a day can provide a good amount of resveratrol, but excess drinking may counter balance the positive health benefits. Another good way to get resveratrol is through a high quality supplement.