Natural Support for PCOS : Saying No to Metformin
You DON’T have to suffer from the effects of PCOS and there is SO much you can do to improve your symptoms, feel better, and increase your chances of conception. Below are some great natural support options for women with PCOS. Certain herbs can interact with medications so always consult with your doctor before starting any new regimens to ensure it is safe for your unique body.
Maca - I’ve written an entire blog post dedicated to maca’s amazing properties that you can read here. Maca is a great help with acne, weight gain, and facial hair, not to mention regulating your cycles. An important thing to note about maca is that not all maca is created equal or formulated for your specific needs. Most maca you find on the shelf works primarily for men’s health and the quality and efficacy can be questionable. I ALWAYS suggest going with Femmenessence Maca Harmony for women with PCOS. It is the #1 maca product on the market and the only to be clinically proven to be effective at regulating hormones.
Inositol - A combination supplement therapy of Myo-Inositol and DCI at a ratio of 40:1 should be the first approach for overweight women with PCOS. Studies show it helps lower insulin, cholesterol, and inflammatory markers. AND, compared with metformin, it showed significantly better results in regards to weight loss, ovulation, and pregnancy rates (46.7 vs.11.2%).
Omega 3- Supplementing with Omega 3 can have similar effects as inositol. It aids in lowering cholesterol, reducing inflammation and can help to prevent miscarriage in some women. Finding the right balance in Omega 3 and 6 is crucial for reaping the benefits. Ratios should be 1:1 however most western diets consist of more like 1:60. Check out this blog post for more info on diet and supplement recommendations for Omega 3 and how DHA can help with male and female fertility.
Chromium- This is a great natural mineral that helps to reduce insulin resistance in diabetic or pre-diabetic women. Studies have shown it also has a greater impact than metformin at treating insulin resistance in PCOS.
Licorice & Cinnamon Tea- Licorice is can be a helpful to reduce androgens and cinnamon is useful in improving insulin sensitivity in women. If you aren’t a licorice fan, like myself, you can sprinkle cinnamon on your food or in another flavor tea of your choosing. You can also purchase cinnamon capsules if you prefer supplements.