Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Spearmint Tea for PCOS

Every time I go to my in-law's place, I'm offered a cup of tea.  I always decline, because I'm just not a tea drinker.  I don't dislike it, but when it comes down to take-it-or-leave-it...I leave it.  But I've recently discovered a tea that actually has some pretty great health benefits...Not to mention the benefit of fresh breath!  I discovered spearmint tea while researching natural methods of treating PCOS symptoms.  All PCOS symptoms are just really unfair...difficulty losing weight, painful monthly cycles, no cycles at all due to lack of ovulation, painful ovarian cysts, skin changes, acne, insulin resistance, high risk of diabetes, higher risk of miscarriage, and the list goes on.  As a woman, one of the worst and most embarrassing symptoms is elevated free testosterone levels. Unfortunately for some women with PCOS, this means a lot of time spent in front of a mirror plucking stray hairs.  I discovered that drinking spearmint tea may help lower these testosterone levels.  (Apparently, researchers found this out when men lost their libido (i.e. lower testosterone) when drinking spearmint tea...So men, beware!)

I stopped drinking coffee about 2 months ago, but missed that warm drink each morning.  So I started taking spearmint tea in my to-go mug on my way to work every day.  I have to say, I do think it's helped with my battle against those stray hairs.  Coincidentally, this was the first month I experienced a 30 day cycle in, well, ever.  Because of the PCOS, my cycles are usually anywhere from 32-35+ days (and that's actually pretty good compared to some women with PCOS).  Whether this was due to the tea, I have no idea.  But it's definitely quite a coincidence. 

In addition, spearmint tea helps with digestion, IBS, morning sickness (in moderation), has analgesic properties, as well as many other health benefits.  So whether you have PCOS or not, it wouldn't hurt to swap your coffee for a cup of spearmint tea every now and again. Check out the following sites for more info:

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