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Cinnamon May be Effective Treatment for PCOS
14 October 2013
International Federation of Fertility Societies (IFFS)
Research presented today at the International Federation of Fertility Societies/American Society for Reproductive Medicine meeting illustrated data that adding cinnamon to their diet can improve menstrual cyclicity in women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS).
Previous research has shown that the use of cinnamon can reduce insulin resistance in women with PCOS. In this study, researchers from Columbia University enrolled 45 women with PCOS into a research trial. The women who completed the 6 month trial and who received the cinnamon had more regular menstrual cycles than women who were given placebo. The cinnamon group had 3.82 menstrual cycles during the 6 month trial, while women in the control group only had 2.2 cycles. Two of the women in the treatment group reported spontaneous pregnancies during the trial.
“Though small, this rather elegant study shows that cinnamon may be an effective and inexpensive treatment for PCOS patients,” said Steven T. Nakajima, MD, President of the Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.