PCOS Medication? My 6 Favorite PCOS Supplements
Are PCOS supplements the same as PCOS medication? Not exactly, since a lot of supplements are made of natural ingredients as opposed to synthesized ones. But the world of supplementation is confusing for many. I know it was for me. At first, I was against supplementation: I believed I could get all my nutrients from the healthy food I was eating. I actually believed PCOS supplements were equal to PCOS medication. And it might be true if you’ve always eaten optimally and never had any vitamin or nutrient deficiency. It wasn’t my case. So I had to visit the world of supplement, for my health. And once I did my research and found the supplements that worked for me, I got much more comfortable with them.
These are the PCOS supplements I take. They’ve made a significant improvement in my symptoms and overall health. I feel mentally and physically stronger since I started taking them. They may not be for you. But I’ve had so many requests about sharing the supplements I take that I decided to make a post to address the subject once and for all. Please discuss with your physician to see if these supplements are right for you before starting any of them.
Vitamin D is the sun vitamin. I have an upcoming post that speaks about it because it needs its own full post. So many people are vitamin D deficient without knowing it. That’s mainly because we don’t spend as much time outdoors as previous generations used to. It’s so important to get our skin exposed to the sun because our skin will fabricate vitamin D with the sun rays and the cholesterol underneath our skin. On top of that, sunscreens also prevent the absorption of vitamin D in our skin. I’m not saying their use should be discontinued altogether, but you should try to expose at least some parts of your skin to the sun, without any dermatological barrier. I prefer supplementing because I’m a dark skin chick living in Canada working indoor from 9 to 5, so my sun exposure is very limited. I take Vitamin D3, the active form, in liquid, which easily absorbed. This is a natural yet efficient ”PCOS medication.”
What I take: Natural Health Goodies Vitamin D in liquid form
Milk thistle is a supplement that promotes liver health. We all know the liver plays a huge role in our health and it’s the #1 detox organ in our body. Sometimes, over years of toxins processing, the liver has a harder time carrying its function. In other words, it’s overloaded. In Chinese medicine, acne on the forehead is a sign of liver overload. This was the area where I had the most acne. Milk thistle is believed to provide a mild body cleanse through the liver, as it gets rid of antibiotics, heavy metals, and pollution in our body. In other words, it’s a powerful detoxifier. If your liver is healthy, it’ll also be able to process food efficiently, and manage hormones (or their excess) efficiently It’s also full of vitamins. It has become a staple in my supplement cabinet! Plus it easily mixes with apple juice, and I find it ok to drink.
What I take: Botanica – Milk Thistle (Liver Function)
Vitex is a super friendly PCOS supplement. I discovered it while looking for information on Dr. Axe‘s website. He offers a 360 view on this berry benefits, especially to those with hormonal imbalance. To summarize what he says, Vitex is a PMS reliever, fibroids reducer, fertility enhancer, endometriosis helper, acne fighter and so much more. It’s like the holy grail of hormonal imbalance. It has the potential to help any woman suffering from hormonal imbalance, from the 20 years old girl with PCOS to the 55 years old mom starting menopause. I can testify it has helped me with my acne in more than a significant way. Another staple in my cabinet!
What I take: Nature’s Answer Alcohol-Free Vitex Berry
Aloe Vera Juice is everyone’s best friend. It’s full of good stuff such as mineral, vitamins (including that rare B12 for vegans!) and enzymes. I think we’ve all heard of its benefits, but just in case you didn’t know, I’ll give you some of them. Aloe vera is a great skin soother for acne, burns and even cold sores. I personally use it as a toner: it’s so refreshing! It’s also an effective remedy against constipation and helps with digestion. It fights inflammation and is a great immune system booster. Talk about a PCOS medication! The reputation of aloe vera is already made, I don’t need to sell it to you. Aside from using it on my face, I use it on my hair (refreshes my curl with its perfect pH), and I drink a glass of organic apple juice with it every day!
What I take: Lily of the Desert Aloe Vera Juice
Iodine deficiency is common in our part of the world. It’s actually one of the four major and most common deficiency diseases in the world. We have iodine receptors in every cell of our body as they regulate cellular functioning. A deficiency in iodine will affect us in many ways. Certain common signs of deficiency are the ones we find in hypothyroidism because the thyroid needs iodine to function properly. Such symptoms include chronic fatigue, unexplained weight gain, thinning hair, brittle nails, sensitivity to cold, just to name a few. Low levels of iodine will impair our metabolism and also affect our lymphatic system.
Some studies suggest that cysts are the results of a clogged lymphatic system.
I had all the symptoms of low levels of iodine. My patch test also showed I was iodine deficient. That’s why I decided to supplement myself. I fully understand what it means, and I’m well aware of the side effects. This is not something you can take without seriously thinking about it. Again, I strongly advise you to speak to your doctor about it. I’ve included it in my list of PCOS medication because I believe it really gets down to the root of certain types of PCOS phenotypes.
What I take: Global Healing Detoxadine Nascent Iodine Supplement
**This one is very potent. Again, speak to your doctor to make sure this supplement is right for you.
Also was known as Winter Cherry, this powerful adaptogen has been renowned in the Ancient world for a long time. It’s sad that the Western world is only picking up on it now. It supports both immunity and emotional balance, among other things. I love thinking that God created fruits that can harmonize our hormone levels and make us feel happier and healthier. It’s true nature’s medicine! To know that this same fruit or extract can have a certain effect on me (for example, boost up my production of progesterone due to its low level) and have a totally opposite effect on someone is just beyond my imagination. It’s a remedy tailored to your need. And you can’t get that with a typical pharmaceutical medication. You could call this a PCOS medication if you want: but I choose to see it as health in a bottle!
What I take: Nature’s Answer Alcohol-Free Ashwagandha Root
I hope this can help someone!
Peace, Love, and Health,