Are Strawberries Good for PCOS? (Expert Answer)

Short Answer: Strawberries are good for PCOS. Because they have vitamin C, folate, and antioxidants, and they are low-glycemic.

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a condition that affects your ovaries and hormones.

In PCOS, your body produces too much androgen, a male hormone, and has problems using insulin, a hormone that controls blood sugar levels.

This can lead to various health problems, such as irregular periods, infertility, acne, excess hair growth, weight gain, diabetes, and heart disease.

One of the key factors in managing PCOS is diet.

What you consume can affect your blood sugar levels, which can impact your PCOS symptoms and overall health.

To effectively manage PCOS, you should consume fiber-rich foods like whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and legumes and avoid sugar-rich foods like sweets, sodas, juices, and refined carbohydrates.

Now, strawberries are a type of fruit that have a sweet and juicy taste.

People usually eat them fresh, or use them in desserts, jams, smoothies, and salads.

Strawberries are good for PCOS because they contain vitamin C, folate, and antioxidants.

Vitamin C can help boost your immune system and skin health.

Folate can help prevent birth defects if you are pregnant or planning to conceive.

Antioxidants can help protect your cells from damage and inflammation.

One cup of strawberries can give you 149% of your daily vitamin C needs, 9% of your daily folate needs, and 3 grams of fiber.

Fiber can help lower your blood sugar levels and keep you feeling full.

Vitamin C can help reduce the excess androgen levels in your body, which can improve your PCOS symptoms.

Folate can help regulate your menstrual cycle and ovulation, which can increase your chances of getting pregnant.

Antioxidants can help lower your risk of diabetes and heart disease, which are common complications of PCOS.

Furthermore, strawberries are a low-glycemic food and low-glycemic foods are good for PCOS.

Because, they do not cause spikes in your blood sugar levels, which can worsen your insulin resistance and hormone imbalance.

You can eat one to two cups of strawberries per day safely.

More than that can cause digestive problems, such as bloating, gas, and diarrhea.

Also, you shouldn’t eat strawberries if you are allergic to them or have a history of kidney stones to prevent an allergic reaction or kidney damage.

Because, strawberries contain a substance called oxalate, which can form crystals in your urine and cause stones.

You can buy fresh strawberries in your local market or can order them online.

Always choose organic strawberries, if possible, because they have fewer pesticides and chemicals.

Because, these substances can interfere with your hormones and worsen your PCOS.

You can store them in the refrigerator for up to a week, or in the freezer for up to a year.

Finally, remember, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet, regular exercise, stress management and essential medical care is key to managing PCOS effectively.

I always recommend my PCOS patients to follow a PCOS-friendly diet to improve their overall well-being, and enjoy a longer and healthier life.

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About the Author

Abdur Rahman Choudhury

Abdur Rahman Choudhury is a nutritionist in West Bengal, India, with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Biochemistry.

He has done his diploma in nutrition from Fabulous Body Inc (US), and completed various certification courses from several universities. He also has considerable research experience in PCOS.

Abdur currently lives in India and keeps fit by weight training and eating mainly home-cooked meals.

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