PCOS, or Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, is a hormonal concern believe to affect one in 10 women, many of whom will not even know they have it until, for example, they run into problems trying to get pregnant.
Those who do experience symptoms of PCOS, may experience weight gain, acne, excess facial hair (hirsutism), insulin resistance & irregular periods. Whilst medications are often prescribed to try and balance the hormones and insulin resistance, they are not without side effects.
Empirical data suggests that supplements for PCOS may offer positive benefits without side effects and this list below highlights some of the most important PCOS vitamins and supplements based on the latest scientific evidence:
Myo-inositol is a vitamin which has a similar structure to glucose. The research of myo-inositol for PCOS is extensive and its seems to provide multiple benefits including lowering testosterone levels, maintaining healthy insulin levels and insulin resistance, enhancing mood and increasing the chances of fertilisation. Always choose a powder form of myo-inositol since one needs to take 4000mg of this vitamin on a daily basis.
Saw Palmetto is an incredibly effective hormone balancer for those with PCOS. It inhibits the conversion of androgens such as testosterone into a stronger metabolite called DHT which is known to cause some of the symptoms of PCOS such as acne, excess facial hair and hair loss.
Agnus Castus also known as Chaste tree or Vitex, remains one of the most popular herbal remedies for PCOS. It is known to lower prolactin levels and raise progesterone levels gradually and therefore tackle oestrogen dominance associated with PCOS. Agnus castus may also help to restore regular menstruation.
Magnesium’s use for PCOS suggests that this mineral may improve insulin resistance which, in turn, can reduce many of the symptoms such as excess weight gain and excess body hair.
Vitamin D is essential for numerous functions in the body including ovulation. With widespread deficiencies especially during the winter months, it is best to correct deficiencies using a vitamin D supplement.
Fish Oils, Chromium as well as Zinc are other supplements for PCOS that may prove to be useful.