Which Supplements can help with PCOS?
Before we jump into supplements, please understand that supplements for pcos cannot replace the importance of a good diet. Your diet is your best weapon for fighting PCOS. (10 steps to improve pcos with diet and healthy lifestyle)
There are two main types D-chiroinositol and Myo-inositol (often known as just inositol). These forms of inositol has insulin-like properties and act as second messengers for insulin inside the cells. Inositol is involved in improving insulin sensitivity, reducing androgen and restoring regular ovulation.
Magnesium, known as natural metformin, improves insulin sensitivity. Three hundred milligramme can be taken daily with food.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids is good for treating PCOS. Omega-3s help improve fertility, regulate hormones, improve insulin sensitivity, reduce hirsutism, and lower inflammation. It is advisable to take at least 500 mg, which should come from eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).
The sunshine vitamin – this improves insulin sensitivity and promotes healthy ovarian follicular maturation. Ideally you should test your vitamin D levels . Minimum dosage 1000IU /25ug daily, more if deficient.
Zinc is a key nutrient for ovarian health. It promotes healthy progesterone levels and ovulation. And also has an anti-androgen effects, improving hirsutism. Recommended dosage is 20mg to 50mg daily with food, zinc on an empty stomach can cause nausea.
Peony and Licorice
Peony inhibits the production testosterone . Licorice lowers testosterone and blocks androgen receptors (Licorice can raise blood pressure so do not take if you have high blood pressure). The combination of peony and licorice is powerful, so it’s best taken after seeking medical advice.
Saw Palmetto and Milk Thistle
Saw palmetto help to reduce the production of male hormones, especially dihydrotestosterone(DHT), thereby protecting the hair of the scalp and preventing it from falling out. It also protects the follicles over the rest of the body to keep body hair from growing longer, thicker, and darker. Dose is 160mg daily.
Milk Thistle protects the liver from stress and to help repair existing damage. The liver is the body’s clearing house and must be in good working condition to maintain healthy skin. Dosage is 200mg daily.
NOTE: Not to be used by women who are breastfeeding, pregnant, or trying to become pregnant, unless directed by your physician.
Inositol, magnesium,zinc and vitamin D are our first to go to especially if you have insulin resistance type PCOS