Which Supplements can help with PCOS?
Before we jump into supplements, please understand that you cannot out-supplement a poor diet. Your diet is your best weapon for fighting PCOS. (see 10 steps to improving PCOS)
Secondary insulin messengers helps insulin to function inside your cells. It improves insulin sensitivity, reduces androgen and restores regular ovulation. There are two main types D-chiro-inositol and Myo-inositol (often known as just inositol).
Improves insulin sensitivity – natural metformin. 300mg daily with food. Magnesium available here
The sunshine vitamin – this improves insulin sensitivity and promotes healthy ovarian follicular maturation.
Zinc is a key nutrient for ovarian health, promotes healthy ovulation and progesterone and also has an anti-androgen effects, improving hirsutism. Recommended dose 20 to 50mg daily with food as zinc on an empty stomach can cause nausea. Zinc available here
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 already have high blood pressure). This combination of herbs is powerful, so is best taken after seeking professional advice.
Saw Palmetto and Milk Thistle
Saw Palmetto help to reduce the production of male hormones, especially 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 160mg daily
Milk Thistle has been shown to protect the liver from stress and to help repair existing damage. The liver is the body’s clearinghouse and must be in good working order to maintain healthy skin Dose 200mg daily
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 my first to go to especially if you have insulin resistance type PCOS
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