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PCOS Supplements

Can PCOS be treated with supplements?

Supplements are a valuable part of managing your PCOS symptoms. Supplements for PCOS can include cod liver oil and turmeric. But inositol is the most heavily researched. It’s an important supplement to manage PCOS symptoms as it’s found to improve insulin-receptor activity and reduce insulin resistance. Those with PCOS have innately lower inositol levels, so supplementation is important.

What is myo-inositol?

Inositol is a natural sugar that you’ll probably already be consuming in your diet. Myo-inositol is the most common form of inositol and can be found in nuts, grains, beans and fruit. It’s in the limelight thanks to its potential to restore ovulation and improve other PCOS symptoms. So it’s worth remembering.

Myo-inositol supports the activity of a number of hormones in the body, especially reproductive hormones. As much as we’d all love to eat the perfect diet, this is not always the case, so supplementation is a good idea.

What are the best vitamins to take for my PCOS?

Although there’s no cure for PCOS, you can help manage your symptoms with the right supplements. The most researched supplement for the treatment of PCOS is myo-inositol.

Myo-inositol also helps with insulin resistance, testosterone and androgen levels, which cause things like unwanted hair growth, oily skin and acne, all common with PCOS.

When alpha-lactalbumin is taken in combination with myo-inositol there is an improvement in the absorption of myo-inositol within the body.

If you’re taking a PCOS supplement to improve your fertility, then a combination of myo-inositol and alpha lactalbumin is ideal and folic acid is a must (folic acid reduces the risk of neural tube birth defects such as spina bifida).

If you’re looking for any additional support, zinc supplements can also give a boost both to your fertility and your immune system.

There’s also some evidence to show an improvement in excessive hair growth and alopecia in PCOS women.

That’s why zinc can be found in the micro-nutrient profile of Impryl®, a conception supplement, made with the right mix of micronutrients. 

And Impryl® is safe to take with Inofolic® Alpha: a powerful combination!

Natural supplements for PCOS

Many vitamins and minerals can be found in regular foods. But it can be difficult to get the right nutrients from diet alone. This is where natural supplements come in.

Myo-inositol is a prime example of this. Although it’s naturally occurring in food, women with PCOS are often unable to adequately absorb it. Combining myo-inositol with alpha lactalbumin helps PCOS women to absorb more of this important vitamin.

In addition, if you’re looking for natural home remedies that may help with PCOS symptom management, here’s a few that you could try:

  • Cinnamon – Extracts from cinnamon trees have been suggested to assist with both insulin resistance and menstruation regulation, however, the evidence around this area is limited. You could try adding a sprinkle to your morning porridge for a nutritional boost to your daily diet.
  • Turmeric – It’s suggested by some that turmeric supplements could help lower your insulin resistance. Turmeric is also supposed to have anti-inflammatory properties, by simply adding this spice to your daily cooking you could be doing your body some good.
  • Cod liver oil – Contains vitamins A and D and omega-3 fatty acids, which have been suggested to contribute towards keeping your menstrual cycle on track, however, more research is needed in this area.

How do I improve my fertility with PCOS?

If you have PCOS you may not ovulate or have regular periods. Lots of women choose to monitor their ovulation using apps and ovulation trackers, which help them decide when they should try to conceive.

A healthy, balanced diet and regular exercise can also play an important role in improving your fertility, particularly if you’re overweight. Avoid processed foods and opt for whole grains, fruits, vegetables and oily fish instead.

It’ll also help you to get 8 to 10 hours of sleep per night, keeping a regular sleep timetable. A healthy sleep routine will lower your levels of stress, which is another important factor in improving your fertility.

What does inositol do for PCOS?

Research has found that supplementation with inositol helps to:

  • Stabilise insulin levels
  • Improve insulin sensitivity
  • Regulate periods
  • Improve ovulation rates
  • Improve hormone balance
  • Improve egg quality
  • Improve metabolic profile, reducing cardiovascular risk
  • Achieve weight loss

How to regulate your period with PCOS supplements?

If you suffer from irregular or absent periods, myo-inositol has been found to be helpful in improving ovulatory function and regularising periods