In a recent randomized controlled trial involving 104 young women with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), low omega-3 levels were associated with higher circulating androgens ie. testoterone. Elevated testosterone is associated with PCOS. The authors concluded that supplementation with omega-3 oils (ex. fish oil, flax oil, etc) modulated testosterone levels. The Omega-3s in fish oil have also been shown to modulate lipid profiles and improve cholesterol. Women with PCOS are at higher risk for heart disease associated with elevated blood lipid levels.
To find out more about effective strategies to treat PCOS and other women's health concerns, see your Naturopathic Doctor. A Naturopath can help put together an individualized plan that meets your health goals.
Yours in health,
Dr. Tara Andresen, ND
Dr. Tara Andresen is a registered Naturopathic Doctor (ND) practicing in Toronto, Ontario. She follows an evidence-based approach to naturopathic medicine, incorporating the latest scientific research into effective treatment plans for a wide variety of health concerns.