When embarking on a PCOS treatment plan, lifestyle and diet are paramount to your success (refer to my previous post on tips for a PCOS diet.) To take your treatment plan one step further, there are a number of different supplements that have been shown to be quite helpful to add to your lifestyle and diet changes. There really are so many to choose from, so it is important to work with your health care provider to decide which supplements are most appropriate for you.

Some of the more common supplements include:

1. Myo-inositol:

Is known as the “ovary vitamin”. It has an impact on egg quality and maturation. It also boosts ovulation rates by restoring ovarian receptivity to FSH and LH. It can also enhance follicle health and implantation rates. It has also been found to reduce anxiety.

2. D-chiro-inositol:

Research has found that at a low dose, this form of inositol has a beneficial effect on insulin resistance in women with PCOS.

Taking a combination of both Myo and D-chiro inositol, at a ratio of 40:1 = (4 grams: 100mg), shows the most benefit.

3. Resveratrol:

Is a natural micronutrient found in the skin of red grapes.  It has a high antioxidant level making it a great anti-inflammatory. It decreases the cystic appearance of the ovaries in PCOS and stimulates ovulation, growth of the endometrial lining and improved implantation.

4. N-Acetyl Cystine:

Is an amino acid derived from L –cysteine. In your body it works as a powerful antioxidant, increasing the glutathione levels in the ovary. It both decreases insulin resistance and has an anti-inflammatory effect.  It also stimulates an attrition in high androgen levels.

5. Liquid vitamin D3:

Across the board, maintaining optimal levels in women with PCOS is very important. It can also benefit mood and ebb insulin resistance.

6. Omega 3 fatty acids:

Have been found to benefit insulin resistance, decrease high testosterone levels and have a positive effect on mental/emotional wellbeing.