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Oct 19, 2016 1:50 PM

Drinking red wine can help fight hormone imbalance for some women


Listen up, ladies.

Drinking red wine could help with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, one of the most common hormonal endocrine disorders that affects around 5-10 percent of women of childbearing age. This syndrome is characterized by abnormal hormone levels, which scientists have now found that resveratrol - a natural compound found in red wine and grapes - can help address this hormone imbalance.

A compound found in red wine may moderate androgen hormones and improve diabetes risk factors in women with PCOS, according to Medical News Today.

PCOS is a condition that affects how a woman's ovaries work. Common features of PCOS include irregular periods, excess androgen in the body, and polycystic ovaries that become enlarged and contain many fluid sacs.

While the exact cause of PCOS is unknown, it is related to abnormal hormone levels in the body, including high levels of insulin. Women with PCOS produce slightly higher amounts of testosterone and other "male hormones" than average.

Elevation of these hormones can contribute to infertility, weight gain, acne or excess body hair, in addition to other health issues, such as diabetes. Most current treatment strategies focus on management of individual concerns, such as fertility, hirsutism, or obesity, and the use of birth control pills to decrease androgen production.


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