The Anti-Inflammatory Diet: A Potential Solution for PCOS Management

November 14, 2023

Written by Gia Eapen, MD

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Key Points

  • An anti-inflammatory diet could help manage symptoms of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS).
  • An anti-inflammatory diet emphasizes foods with low glycemic index, rich in antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids, and other beneficial compounds.
  • Lifestyle changes, including dietary adjustments and moderate exercise, can have a significant impact on PCOS.

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a common health issue for many women. One of the primary ways to manage this condition involves lifestyle changes, including adjustments to diet and exercise. But knowing what diet to follow can be challenging. Recent research suggests that an anti-inflammatory diet, when combined with appropriate medical treatment, can be a highly promising solution. This article aims to elucidate the benefits of an anti-inflammatory diet for individuals with PCOS.

The Anti-Inflammatory Diet

While everyone's body responds differently to dietary changes, one approach that has shown promising results is an anti-inflammatory diet. This approach focuses on foods that help to reduce inflammation in the body, a key component that can contribute to PCOS symptoms.

An anti-inflammatory diet typically involves eating foods with a low glycemic index (meaning they won't spike blood sugar levels), alongside those rich in antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids, and other beneficial compounds. This could include fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats like olive oil and avocados. But where should you start? A registered dietitian at Fay can help customize an anti-inflammatory diet plan that suits your preferences and lifestyle.

Scientific Support

Several scientific studies have noted the positive effects of an anti-inflammatory diet on PCOS symptoms. Women who followed this diet reported significant weight loss and reductions in waist size. In turn, these changes helped to decrease levels of 'bad' cholesterol (LDL) and triglycerides, which are harmful fats found in the blood, while improving insulin resistance, a common issue in women with PCOS.

While it's encouraging to see these positive changes, it's important to remember that managing PCOS is about more than just diet. Regular physical activity, stress management, and maintaining a healthy sleep schedule are all crucial parts of a comprehensive PCOS management plan. A consultation with a registered dietitian at Fay can help integrate these lifestyle changes in a sustainable and enjoyable way.

A Sample Anti-Inflammatory Meal Plan

Here is a sample one-day meal plan based on the anti-inflammatory diet:


  • Bowl of oatmeal topped with blueberries and a sprinkle of flaxseeds
  • Green tea


  • Grilled salmon salad with mixed greens, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, olives, and a dressing of olive oil and lemon juice
  • A small piece of dark chocolate for dessert


  • Quinoa and vegetable stir-fry with tofu, bell peppers, broccoli, and carrots, cooked in olive oil and garnished with sesame seeds
  • Cup of chamomile tea

Please remember that this is just an example, and everyone's dietary needs and preferences are unique. For a personalized plan, consider booking an appointment with a Registered Dietitian at Fay. They can provide guidance on how to incorporate the principles of an anti-inflammatory diet into your everyday life, while considering your personal preferences and nutritional needs.

An anti-inflammatory diet, combined with other lifestyle changes, can be a promising approach to managing PCOS. It's not a magic cure, but it can be a significant step towards managing symptoms and improving overall health. To find out more about how we can help you manage PCOS through dietary changes, don't hesitate to schedule an appointment with a Registered Dietitian at Fay.

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Gia Eapen, MD

Written by Gia Eapen, MD

Dr. Gia Eapen is a skilled Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB/GYN) physician at Case Western/MetroHealth. A Northwestern University alumna, she pursued her medical degree at the University of Vermont, fostering a deep understanding of women's health and reproductive medicine. She combines her comprehensive knowledge with a dedication to patient-centered care, embodying a commitment to enhancing healthcare standards in her field.


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