When it comes to my daily routine, I’m focused on two major points: keeping my blood sugar steady throughout the day and reducing inflammation. Both of these issues are common for women with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) and successful management may reduce or eliminate common symptoms and, hopefully, restore healthy periods and ovulation.
With the help of a few supplements and by adjusting my nutrition, I’ve successfully increased my insulin sensitivity and no longer have to take a medication called Metformin to do this for me.
I hope these suggestions help! :)
If you have PCOS, this is one supplement that I think you ABSOLUTELY should be taking. Why? Ovasitol is a supplement specifically created for women with PCOS. It is a combination of D-Chiro and Myo-inositol in a 40:1 ratio.
Inositol is a nutrient found in fruits, beans, grains, and nuts and is also made by the body. Studies have shown that over time, inositol improves the way the body uses insulin and promotes normal hormone levels, thus promoting regular menstrual cycles and normal ovarian function. Inositol also supports normal lipid levels, and promotes egg quality in certain women trying to conceive.
Ovasitol is a fine, tasteless powder that can be added to any liquid. I take it twice daily with meals. If you want to be cost effective, you can order a large container OR in handy dandy on-the-go packs (what I use & keep in my purse, truck and desk).
I started taking cinnamon capsules a few weeks ago under the direction of my hormone specialist, Ali Damron.
Ceylon cinnamon is considered the “true” cinnamon and it is the specific type of cinnamon that contains the most antioxidants. Antioxidants are important because they help the body reduce oxidative stress, a type of damage to cells, which is caused by free radicals. And, as it turns out, a great way to reduce oxidative stress is to consume 500mg of ceylon cinnamon daily. So, there you go.
Additionally, cinnamon may help lower blood sugar by imitating the effects of insulin and increasing glucose transport into cells. It can also help lower blood sugar by increasing insulin sensitivity, making insulin more efficient at moving glucose into cells.
Since I don’t want to have to eat spoonfuls of cinnamon (ew!), I’ve started taking cinnamon capsules twice daily before meals. Click here to see what I use.
Apple Cider Vinegar
I know Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) has been all the rage for a few years now, but it can be very helpful for managing PCOS symptoms. Why? Because it may help increase insulin sensitivity, which helps support happy, healthy hormones.
I’m not into taking a shot of ACV every morning, so I’ve found a way to sneak it into my day without gagging thanks to an idea I receive from LL Balanced.
Before bed each night, I grab a big 32oz mug and fill it full of water. Then, I add 2 tsp of ACV and one scoop of the Strawberry Lemonade Collagen Protein Powder from Ancient Nutrition. It tastes great and includes 9 grams of protein and collagen which is great for your hair, skin, nails and joints. Collagen protein can also help reduce inflammation which is also very important for women with PCOS.