Supplements For PCOS

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Supplements for PCOS are best prescribed by your Naturopath or health care practitioner.

There are many nutrients and herbs that target the symptoms of PCOS. Correcting the imbalance will go a long way towards treating the root cause of your PCOS symptoms. Read more here on suitable supplements for PCOS.

Nutritional Supplements For PCOS

Although the best source of vitamins and minerals is through a well balanced diet, many foods today are depleted in these vital trace elements. Most of us need to supplement our diet with some of the vitamins and minerals that our bodies need to function optimally.

Any treatment for hormonal disorders is best used for a minimum of three months for optimum results.

If you take the Pill to regulate your periods, you may have an even greater imbalance between a number of key vitamins and minerals. Correcting this imbalance will go a long way towards treating the root cause of the problem.

N.B. In other texts, you may come across the terms ‘nutrimedicine’ and ‘nutriceuticals’. These are just fancy names for supplements.

The following is a list of supplements that are helpful for PCOS.

  • A good multivitamin and mineral tablet will provide a ‘little bit of everything’.
  • Chromium is essential for insulin’s response on blood sugar, cravings, hunger and weight loss.
  • Zinc helps with appetite control and is necessary for the correct action of insulin, promoting a healthy blood sugar balance. It also functions together with selenium and vitamins A and E in the manufacture of thyroid hormone.
  • Magnesium balances blood sugar levels. There is a strong link between magnesium deficiency and insulin resistance. It is an important mineral to include if you are suffering from PCOS.
  • Co-enzyme Q10 is essential for energy production and normal carbohydrate metabolism (the way our bodies break down the carbohydrates we eat to turn them into energy).
  • B Vitamins are important for energy production, fat burning and hormone imbalances, including your thyroid gland and metabolism.
  • Vitamin B6 in particular has been found to increase progesterone levels and inhibit the excessive production of prolactin. Vitamin B6 levels may be reduced due to the contraceptive pill. Vitamin B6 can be helpful for high prolactin, depression, anxiety, fluid retention and breast tenderness.
  • Di-indole methane, also known as DIM helps the liver convert oestrogen into a healthier form. It is beneficial for conditions such as PCOS, endometriosis & fibroids. DIM also helps correct androgen (e.g. testosterone) excess, helps with the fat gain around the middle and for acne, especially sore, cystic acne. The dose is dependent on body weight.
  • The amino acids N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC) and Arginine have shown in studies to improve ovulation regularity, insulin resistance and reduce excess bleeding in women with PCOS. NAC has also been shown to enhance the fertility drug, Clomid's success in ovulation outcome (partly because it provide anti-oxidant support).
  • D-Chiro-Inositol helps to improve insulin sensitivity, lower free and total testosterone, lower blood pressure, and increase the frequency of ovulation.
  • Omega 3 oils (EPA & DHA) found in oily fish and flaxseeds but also as a supplement are helpful for dry skin, vaginal dryness, fatigue, depression, lack of motivation, weight problems, memory problems and blood sugar imbalances and cellular health.
  • Evening primrose oil can be helpful for breast tenderness, dry skin and vaginal dryness

NB. For best results, try these recommended supplements for a period of three months. These supplements are best taken under the care and guidance of your healthcare practitioner.

Herbs For PCOS

Apart from the use of nutritional supplements for PCOS, herbs are also extremely useful in treating PCOS. Making changes and adding supplements for PCOS to your diet will help control weight and balance blood sugar, while herbs go a step further, targeting any problems involving hormone balance.

  • Chaste tree (Vitex Agnus castus) is one of the most important herbs for PCOS because it helps stimulate and normalise the function of the pituitary gland, which controls the release of luteinising hormone (LH). Chaste tree has been successfully trialled in the treatment of PCOS as well as infertility. It enhances progesterone levels, which lengthen the menstrual cycle. Chaste tree has been shown to improve fertility due to its effects on decreasing oestrogen and androgens which, when elevated, are responsible for cycles with no ovulation (anovulation).
  • Adrenal tonics such as Rehmannia, Rhodiola, Siberian Ginseng and Withania support the adrenal stress response and help the adrenal glands return to a state of balance.
  • Paeonia lactiflora (peony) is another valuable herb as it positively influences low progesterone, reduces elevated androgens (testosterone) and modulates oestrogen and prolactin.
  • Licorice, especially combined with peony, helps regulate hormones, reduce androgen levels and improve the LH to FSH ratio.
  • Gymnema is helpful in reducing carbohydrate and sugar cravings, thereby assisting in weight loss. Gymnema is one of the most significant herbs to improve insulin resistance.
  • Tribulus helps restore menstrual regularity and regulate ovulation.
  • Blue Cohosh is a particularly useful herb. It acts as a uterine and ovarian tonic and a pelvic anti-inflammatory.
  • Saw Palmetto, a traditional male reproductive herb used to control excess testosterone, offers promising results for hirsuitism.
  • Milk thistle, rosemary, Bupleurum and Schizandra are excellent liver herbs, aiding in the removal of excess oestrogen.
  • Maca is an adaptogenic herb known to stimulate the hypothalamus, pituitary and adrenal glands to support and balance hormones such as follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), luteinising hormone (LH), oestrogen and progesterone. It is indicated for PCOS symptoms such as amenorrhea, hirsutism, acne, irregular menstrual cycles and even insulin resistance.

NB. You should not take any of the above herbs if you are taking the oral contraceptive pill, fertility drugs, HRT or any other hormonal treatment or other medication unless they are recommended by a registered, experienced practitioner.

Detailed information and case studies using suitable supplements for PCOS can be found in The Natural PCOS Diet.

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