A while back when researching PCOS and natural dietary treatment I excitedly stumbled across use the use cinnamon daily for increased menstrual regularity in PCOS patients. As a Nutritionist with an interest in balancing hormones naturally, this sort of research delights me! The Jean Hailes organisation provides a neat summary of the study, please find it reproduced below:
Cinnamon and polycystic ovary syndrome: A new study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology http://www.ajog.org/article/S0002-9378%2814%2900446-3/abstract has discovered that a daily dose of cinnamon appeared to help regulate the menstrual cycles in a small group of women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).
Researchers followed 45 women diagnosed with PCOS for 6 months monitoring menstrual cyclicity (average cycles/per month) and insulin resistance levels. Results showed that those who took a daily cinnamon supplement (1.5g per day) had more than twice the number of menstrual cycles over the six month period than women who did not consume cinnamon.
Based on this research, many media sources are now claiming that cinnamon could improve fertility in women who have been diagnosed with PCOS. However, the authors of the study do warn that this may not work for everyone, as the study sample size was only very small. Further research is needed.
Jean Hailes endocrinologist Dr Sonia Davison says PCOS is thought to be primarily a condition of insulin resistance, and one focus in recent years has been to use insulin sensitiizing agents such as metformin, which may improve menstrual regularity and fertility.
“This study showed that cinnamon supplementation seemed to increase cycle frequency in a small group of women with PCOS, and whilst it is promising initial data, there needs to be appropriate scientific research in larger numbers of women before routine cinnamon supplementation can be advised in women with PCOS” says Dr Davison.
My take home message: simple dietary additions and changes can undoubtedly make a significant impact when it comes to hormones and diet should never be overlooked. Cinnamon is well know for its insulin sensitising effects and I am glad to see it get into the right spot light. If you suffer PCOS or related poor blood sugar handling conditions give cinnamon a go, start small and gradually increase your dose whilst your taste buds adjust. My apologies in advance cinnamon sugar does not hit the sweet spot; you need to be eating the real deal!
My favourite ways with cinnamon:
- Sprinkle over muesli
- Spoon into smoothies or yoghurt
- Dust over berries, baked apples or pear
- Add to your favourite baking recipes and “bliss balls”
- Use as a marinade for lamb or chicken (cinnamon + fennel + orange)
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Enjoy! Casey Dick | Passionate Dedicated Natural Nutritionist | Brisbane, Australia, Dietary Nutritionist, PCOS, Natural hormone balance