Hormone issues like Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) affects about seven in every 100 women in the UK. Not only can hormonal issues play havoc with your periods, conceiving, moods and general wellbeing, but excess hair growth can be a frustrating symptom.
Personally, the pill had a huge influence on my hormones, so much so I can no longer take it. It’s worth checking with your doctor if you’re having the same issue and seeking advice on different non-hormonal contraceptive options, or look into alternatives like Natural Cycles. This is a safe, healthy and easy-to-use fertility app for women based on their body temperature, which is used to prevent, plan and monitor pregnancies.
Those looking to tackle PCOS should see their doctors first to check for any serious underlying issues, but in the meantime, here are some natural approaches to balancing out your symptoms.
Bee Pollen has an array of health benefits as listed below.
*Energy, protein, B vitamins, heals eczema and improves your skin.
*Packed full of amino acids, aids digestion, supports the immune system.
*Great for the heart, balances hormone conditions, stimulates and restores ovarian function with women trying to conceive.
*In one study twenty-five women receiving radiotherapy who were being treated for inoperable uterine cancer where given approximately 2 teaspoons of Bee Pollen three times per day.
In comparison to the woman not taking the pollen it was found that pollen takers were healthier and had stronger immunological responses as well as better red and white blood cell counts. In general they also reported a general sense of wellbeing, especially lessening the symptoms of nausea and poor appetite after radiation treatments.
How to consume
I tend to add pollen to things like porridge and smoothies, which gives a little fresh sweetness. Go for organic brand where possible, and keep sealed in the fridge to keep the pollen ‘active’ and fresh.
Source: P. Hermuss, et al., Strahientherapie, 1975, Vol. 150, no. 5, pp. 500-506*