Can cinnamon help regulate mentrual cycles in women with PCOS?

Want to find a natural way to combat your PCOS?  Did you know that cinnamon has proven very effective for many medical conditions, with more antioxidants than even the mighty blueberry. It can be a great natural remedy for people with type 2 diabetes, since cinnamon stabilizes blood sugar and reduces insulin resistance, making it easier for glucose to enter cells. And since insulin resistance plays a big part in PCOS it’s no wonder researchers wanted to see what cinnamon might do for women struggling with this common fertility problem.

Bowl of cinnamon on a table next to cinnamon sticks

Researchers at Columbia University’s Department of Medicine found that women with PCOS who took 1,500 mg of a cinnamon supplement every day for six months began to have more regular menstrual cycles than women receiving a placebo. In fact, two of the 11 women in the cinnamon group became spontaneously pregnant.  That meant they were ovulating normally, and ovulation is often impaired in women with PCOS.

 “Some doctors and their PCOS patients were already using cinnamon as part of their treatment, so it seemed important to study how well it might work,” says lead author Daniel Kort, M.D., a postdoctoral fellow in the university’s department of reproductive endocrinology. "There is a lot of interest in homeopathic or natural remedies for this condition," he says. "This may be something we can do using a totally natural substance that can help a large group of patients."

He suggests women with PCOS talk with their doctor about adding cinnamon to their treatment. The supplement used in the study, Cinnulin PF, is a purified, water-soluble extract of Cinnamomum burmannii, and has high concentrations of the plant compounds thought to improve insulin activity. It has also been shown helpful in type 2 diabetes.  

Other ways to relieve the symptoms of PCOS include practicing a low GI diet with plenty of exercise.