What PCOS Supplements Should I Consider Using?

pcos-supplementsIf you’re dealing with PCOS, you already know that it can be a devastating diagnosis. The condition carries with it a long list of symptoms that can be hard to handle. One alternative to explore is supplementation, but the possibilities are endless. What PCOS supplements should you consider?

How Can PCOS Supplements Help?

Supplements are exactly what the name implies – an addition to your normal diet. Many times we don’t get all of the nutrients that our bodies need each day. In fact, if you were to try and eat all of them, you’d be eating all day long. That is just not reasonable.

Supplements can be helpful in increasing the levels of certain vitamins and minerals in the body that are needed for vital functions. It’s best to get your nutrients from food but, when you can’t, supplements can complete your health profile.

With a condition like PCOS, it’s important to control the symptoms to control your health. There is the problem of insulin resistance. When the body’s cells stop responding to insulin, this leads to higher blood sugar levels. In turn, that can damage organs leading to liver damage, neuropathy and severe eye problems. Solving the issue of insulin resistance can turn a huge corner in the life of a woman with PCOS.

How to use Supplements

First, consult your doctor. They can advise you on how to go about choosing supplements and which ones you will most likely need. A nutritionist will also have this information for you. Talk to your doctor about any medications you are already taking. Sometimes, certain supplements can interfere with the absorption of prescription medications reducing their efficacy.

Here is a brief list of some supplements that are recommended for women with PCOS.

  1. Black cohosh – Helps to lower blood pressure. This can be an ancillary symptom of insulin resistance.
  2. Saw Palmetto – Helps to control hirsutism and acne caused by increase in androgen production.
  3. Chromium – Instrumental in insulin balance.
  4. Vitamin D – Many women are deficient in this one. Increasing your levels increases absorption of calcium to help manage problems with insulin resistance.
  5. Calcium – Increased calcium not only strengthens bones but also helps manage insulin resistance.
  6. Zinc – Zinc deficiency is not uncommon. Correcting it can help with insulin resistance at the cellular level, control appetite and skin problems.
  7. Coenzyme Q10 – Helps with the breakdown of carbohydrates to produce energy for the body.
  8. Magnesium – Balances blood sugar.

A nutritionist can recommend a way for you to get all or most of these supplemental levels of vitamins and minerals in one product or as few as possible for ease of use. As you know, I use the Insulite system, which can seem expensive but it combines many of the most valuable supplements into a handful of pills designed to be taken at the right times each day.

If you suffer from PCOS, supplementation may be necessary to help manage the main symptom of insulin resistance. Controlling this can swing your entire metabolic system back in your favor.

Which ones have worked for you?

 

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