Almost every day I’m asked by my PCOS clients about what the best and most effective supplements for PCOS are. For the general public, supplements can play a minor role in helping them achieve their health and fitness goals, but due to the unique metabolic and hormonal environment in which PCOS can create, women with PCOS can hugely benefit from taking the correct supplements for them.
Supplements are part of the 5 Seeds PCOS lifestyle framework for taking control of your PCOS.
Here’s a reminder of the 5 Seeds PCOS lifestyle.
S - Stress reduction
E - Emotional health
E - Exercise
D - Diet
S - Smart supplementation
Often, doctors simply prescribe medications such as metformin or birth control to treat PCOS. And in some cases, these medications may help, but they are only ever a temporary mask for your PCOS symptoms and, come with potentially dangerous side effects.
The single most effective way to treat PCOS is through your lifestyle - that is, diet, exercise, and supplementation. Supplements can be an incredible way to quickly start taking control of your PCOS. Being smart with your supplementation will help you to control PCOS symptoms such as weight gain, hair loss, irregular menstrual cycles, excess hair growth, fertility issues, and poor energy levels.
Here Are The 10 Best Supplements For PCOS
Inositol, often referred to as vitamin B8 - albeit not actually a vitamin, is by far the most well researched and evidenced back supplements for women with PCOS. The benefits of Inositol lie in its ability to help your body respond to insulin as normal. Thus, for any woman with PCOS who also has insulin resistance (70% of women with PCOS), inositol should be your first choice of supplements.
Due to its ability to help your body react to insulin as normal through its role as a secondary signal to insulin, it helps to reverse the symptoms of insulin resistance. These symptoms include menstrual cycle irregularities, weight gain, poor energy, cravings, fertility issues. Additionally, it improves ovarian function, increases egg quality, and reduces ovarian androgen production.
The great thing about Inositol is the fact that it’s super rare for you to get any side effects from it. In studies, dosages of up to 12 grams were found to be safe with only around 5% of women noting some mild digestive issues at this dosage.