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Two new groups are starting in the East Bay for Infertility Support! Both will be addressing general infertility with discussions about a variety of treatments (IUI, IVF, Donor, ect) as well as incorporating mindfulness tools.  Monday evenings from 6-8pm in Orinda bi-weekly and Fridays from 6-8pm in Oakland bi-weekly. If you are interested please call or email me for further details. Thank you!  Amoreena Berg

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You won’t hear this from your doctor, but exciting
new research is revealing that plant pigments may
improve the health of your ovaries and help
normalize their function.

If you’re not eating your veggies, this article should
give you a compelling reason to get started!

Many plant foods are high in red, yellow and
orange pigments called “carotenoids”.  They are
especially abundant in yellow-orange vegetables
and fruits, and dark green, leafy vegetables.

Carotenoids provide antioxidant protection, improve
cell-to-cell communication and support the immune
system, in addition to other functions.

Carotenoids appear to protect the ovaries against
damage from free radicals, which are unstable
elements in your cells.  One study has noted that
women with more consistent levels of carotenoids
were more likely to become pregnant with in-vitro
fertilization (IVF) than other women..

Several studies have suggested that free radical
activity may interfere with the corpus luteum’s
ability to produce steroid hormones such as
progesterone.  Carotenoids may help to control
some of this free radical activity since they are
well known as antioxidants.

And thus increased intake of carotenoids may help
to increase progesterone production.  This has
been demonstrated in an animal study.

Carotenoids may also be helpful for controlling
insulin levels and reducing risk of diabetes.

Carotenoids also appear to reduce your risk of
ovarian cancer.

The available research clearly indicates that
dietary carotenoids will contribute to improved
ovarian health and function.

Refer to chapters 8.8 and 8.10 of “The Natural Diet
Solution for PCOS and Infertility” ebook for lists of
vegetables and fruits that are high in beneficial
carotenoids.

Increase your carotenoids and your ovaries will
thank you!  Your PCOS problems could diminish
too.

 

Source: PCOS Review

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