It’s been a while since I written about fighting with my health. It’s not perfect, it never will be, but its better than its been in a long time. After writing my story, I’ve had some definite ups and downs. I fought anemia and adrenal fatigue this past year. I switched up some supplements had some successes and some definite failures. However, after much trial and error, and having so much success with Pregnitude alone, I found my best PCOS supplements (which I shared on my INSTAGRAM) and I thought I would share with you (and I’m sorry this will not relate to everyone!).
Best PCOS Supplements
Pregnitude. It is pharmaceutical grade Myo-Inositol with added folic acid. I had been using Source Naturals Myo-Inositol, but I didn’t have the same success. Pregnitude works to improve insulin resistance, just like Metformin, but it comes without any of the side effects. It is all natural. Personally, taking solely Pregnitude, my cycles went from every 50-80 days to every 35 or so days, I lost weight without changing my diet at all (about seven pounds in six months), my skin cleared up from hormonal acne . It made me a believer in natural medicine.
Gelatinized Maca. I previously used raw maca but have recently learned gelatinized maca (it does not contain gelatin, gelatinized is just the way it is processed) is more concentrated and more digestible. Maca is a Peruvian superfood, known to help balance hormones, give energy, stamina endurance and libido. Both men and women benefit. Maca helps balance estrogen and progesterone hormones in women, improve egg quality and helps with sperm mobility and production in men, as well! I take 2 tsp per day. It has a nutty flavor and mixes easily in my smoothies or shakeology (Shakeology also contains maca, but since I’m fighting PCOS, I add more). I also make Maca Chia power balls that are a delicious treat to healing.
Vitex Chasteberry. I am using the tincture, which tastes totally disgusting, but it is much more effective than pills. I take 1 dropper full in a shot glass mixed with water 2 times a day, like I do with pregnitude. Vitex is an amazing herb that helps increase progesterone naturally and thus balancing the hormones. PCOS causes an imbalance of progesterone and estrogen leaving women Estrogen and testosterone dominant. I have never been good about taking this one because of the taste, but using a shot glass helps.
I just recently added after stopping Natural Progesterone Cream. Natural Progesterone cream also helps to balance hormones, but it can also cause fat storage and make it difficult to lose weight. I was having this problem and I couldn’t figure out what was going on! I was then told by a wellness consultant it was likely the progesterone cream. Ugh! I immediately stopped it and switched to vitex. I look forward to seeing if it helps… and I can lose the few pounds I put on even though I eat such a clean diet.
Cinnamon and Chromium. These are usually combined into one or two pills. I take these to help with insulin. It is recommended that we take 2000mg Cinnamon and 1000 mg of Chromium. This is also great for those with diabetes. I have major issues with blood sugar. I have never been diagnosed with insulin resistance, but I am definitely hypoglycemic. It has been a bit worse lately too! I began eating 5 times a day years ago to help with this. I have to really watch my carb/protein intake as well. I can not eat carbs by themselves and I ALWAYS pair protein with them. Again, good for everyone!
I use this cinnamon, but you will need to add a little extra Chromium. This one only has 2oo mg of Chromium.
MEGA GLA. Gamma Linolenic Acid helps not only during TTC (Trying to Conceive) with healthy Cervical Mucus, but also it is known to decrease androgen’s in the body. This helps reduce acne, excess body hair and hair loss. I take 2 per day during the first half of my cycle and 1 pill the second half.
Tumeric. Another superfood that is great for everyone! Its main function is to reduce inflammation in the body. When our bodies are not running well or in balance, it can become inflamed. For myself, it shows up on my face. I have struggled my whole life with horrible acne. When I splurge off my diet, or don’t take my supplements like I should my face loves to show off. You cannot hide acne completely. Tumeric does help with that and has many other benefits…
Ironically, much of the research done on PCOS and supplements is always geared more for infertility or TTC. But what comes after baby? We still need to be in charge of our health, we still have an imbalance of hormones that can lead to disease! Fighting PCOS Naturally is doable and much safer than taking any drugs. Although, the treatments successes are not immediate, they do work! I am proof! Generally speaking you will see gradual changes after four to eight weeks.
Have you had any success with these supplements or any others? Where are you at in your journey?
Keep it clean, keep it natural! From my natural health blog to you!