If you have PCOS, can you ease your symptoms by taking additional supplements?

Supplements can play an important part in managing PCOS and easing some of the symptoms

However, to answer this question, we have to consider what is driving a woman’s PCOS, for example is it insulin resistance, chronic inflammation, or post pill PCOS. We also need to consider a woman’s PCOS symptoms, diet, and goals.  While we prefer to personalise supplement recommendations, there are a few core supplements which most women with PCOS will benefit from taking.

These are:

n-acetyl cysteine
magnesium glycinate
a good multivitamin which contains folate (note, not folic acid) and vitamin D (at least 2000 IU)

Below is a brief description of how each one of the above nutrients can benefit a women with PCOS

Inositol – D-chiro-inositol has been shown to reduce insulin resistance, testosterone, and improve ovulation. Myo-inositol has been shown to improve fertility and egg quality in women with PCOS.  We recommend using a product containing a combination of myo-inositol and d-chiro-inositol, and a dose of 4 grams per day.

N-acetyl cysteine (NAC) –  NAC can help to increase glutathione, which is one of the most important detoxifiers produced in our bodies.  In women with PCOS, NAC can improve egg quality, normalise ovulation, and improve insulin resistance.

Magnesium glycinate –  Magnesium can benefit most hormonal conditions, from PCOS, to perimenopause to PMS. Magnesium deficiency is extremely common and an extremely safe supplement.  Benefits of magnesium include, reducing insulin resistance, calming the nervous system, is required for activating vitamin D, and supporting thyroid health.

Vitamin D or otherwise known as the sunshine vitamin –  Vitamin D plays an important role in blood sugar regulation, ovarian function, and sleep.  While we recommend a multivitamin containing 2000 IU vitamin D, which is a safe dose for most women, it is important to check ones vitamin D in order to supplement with the appropriate dose.

Huge thanks to Carin Hume, registered dietitian from Neotritionhealth.com for her guidance.

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