Extended List of Supplements for PCOS

The following list of herbs and supplements which are what I picked out of several of the PCOS books that I have, one of the books has a fairly good listing of natural remedies for PCOS. Remember though not all of the herbs or supplements listed here might be good for you to take. Before taking any herbs or supplements it is always best to consult with your doctor or someone who specializes in natural medicine.

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Agnus Castus (Chasteberry)
helps with: acne, breast tenderness, infertility, irregular or absent periods, hormone imbalance, mood swings, PMS symptoms, water retention

Aloe Vera
helps with: acne, diabetes, digestive disorders, dry skin, insulin resistance, obesity

Alpha-lipoic Acid
helps with: diabetes, insulin resistance, obesity

Antioxidant complex
helps with: acne, diabetes, infertility (especially zinc, selenium), insulin resistance, irregular or absent periods (especially zinc, selenium)

Astralagus
helps with: fainting and/or dizziness, fatigue, obesity

Bitter Melon
helps with: diabetes, insulin resistance

Black Cohosh
helps with: breast tenderness, depression, hot flashes/flushes, menstrual cramps, irregular or absent periods, irritability

Blue Cohosh
helps with: anxiety, irregular or absent periods, irritability, mental fogginess

Brewer’s Yeast
helps with: fainting and/or dizziness, fatigue, food cravings, insulin resistance, mental fogginess, nervousness

Burdock
helps with: acne, excess hair

Vitamin B Complex
helps with: acne (B6), adrenal health (B5), anxiety (B1), depression (B1, B6), diabetes (B1, B3, B6), excess hair, fainting and/or dizziness, fatigue (B3, B5), food cravings, hair loss, hormonal imbalance (B6), irregular or absent periods (B6, B12), Insulin Resistance (B1, B3, B6), irritability, lack of energy (B3), liver health, mental fogginess, mood swings (B6), obesity, poor memory (B1), skin and hair problems (biotin), sleep problems/insomnia, water retention (B6)

Chromium
helps with: acne, diabetes, food cravings, insulin resistance, mood swings, obesity

Cinnamon
helps with: insulin resistance, obesity

CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid)
helps with: diabetes, overweight

Co-enzyme Q10
helps with: fainting and/or dizziness, fatigue, obesity

Damiana
helps with: depression, fainting and/or dizziness, fatigue, hot flushes/flashes, irregular or absent periods, mental fogginess, mood swings

Dandelion
helps with: acne, diabetes, eating disorders, fainting and/or dizziness, fatigue, irritability, obesity, water retention

Dong Quai
helps with: anaemia, fainting and/or dizziness, fatigue, hot flashes/flushes, infertility, irregular or absent periods, mood swings, PMS symptoms

Essential Fatty Acids
helps with: acne (Omega-3), appetite control, breast tenderness (Omega-3), depression (Omega-3), diabetes, eating disorders (omega-3), fainting and/or dizziness (omega-3), fatigue (omega-3), food cravings (omega-3), hair loss (omega-3), heart health, hormonal balance, infertility (omega-3), insulin resistance (omega-3), irregular or absent periods (Omega-3), irritability (omega-3), mood swings (omega-3), obesity, skin and hair problems, water retention (omega-3)

Evening Primrose Oil
helps with: breast tenderness

Vitamin E
helps with: diabetes, hair loss, infertility, insulin resistance, irrigular or absent periods

Fenugreek
helps with: diabetes, insulin resistance, obesity

Flax Seed
helps with: breast tenderness, hair loss, hair and skin problems, insulin resistance, irregular periods, raised cholesterol levels, sluggish metabolism

Garlic
helps with: insulin resistance

Garcinia Cambogia
helps with: insulin resistance, weight loss

Gingko Biloba
helps with: mental fogginess

Gymnema Sylvestre
helps with: diabetes, insulin resistance

Horsetail
helps with: hair loss

Iron (should only be taken if doc recommends it)
helps with: cracks at the side of the mouth, fainting and/or dizziness, fatigue, hair loss, infertility, irregular or absent periods, pale complexion, sore tongue

Kelp
helps with: acne, hormonal imbalance, irregular or absent periods, obesity, thyroid health

L-carnitine
helps with: fainting and/pr dizziness, fatigue, insulin resistance, obesity

Lecithin Granules
helps with: irregular or absent periods, obesity

Licorice
helps with: acne, excess hair, irregular or absent periods, obesity

Living Sprouts
helps with: fainting and/or dizziness, fatigue

Magnesium
helps with: diabetes, fainting and/or dizziness, fatigue, hot flashes/flushes, insulin resistance, irritability, mood swings, sleeping problems/insomnia

Manganese
helps with: diabetes, infertility, insulin resistance, mood swings

Milk Thistle
helps with: acne, eating disorders, fainting and/pr dizziness, fatigue, hot flashes/flushes, irritability, liver health

Motherwort
helps with: breast tenderness, hot flashes/flushes, infertility, irregular or absent periods, irritability

Psyllium Husks
helps with: food cravings, insulin resistance, obesity

Red Raspberry Leaf
helps with: acne, hot flashes/flushes, infertility, irregular or absent periods

St John’s Wort
helps with: mild to moderate depression

Saw Palmetto
helps with: acne, excess hair

Shatawari
helps with: diabetes, irregular or absent periods

Siberian Ginseng
helps with: depression, diabetes, fainting and or/dizziness, fatigue, infertility, insulin resistance, irregular or absent periods, sleep problems/insomnia

Soy Concentrate (Isolates)
helps with: breast tenderness, hot flashes/flushes, irregular or absent periods, irritability

Spirulina
helps with: acne, depression, fainting and/or dizziness, fatigue, food cravings, insulin resistance, obesity

Tyiphala
helps with: obesity

Turmeric
helps with: diabetes, insulin resistance

Unicorn Root
helps with: infertility, irregular or absent periods

Unkei-to
helps with: irregular or absent periods

Valerian
helps with: sleeping problems/insomnia

Vanadium
helps with: insulin resistance

Wild Yam
helps with: hot flashes/flushes, infertility, irregular or absent periods, irritability

Zink
acne, eating disorders, fainting and/or dizziness, fatigue, infertility, insulin resistance, mood swings, obesity

Sources:
* PCOS DietBook – by: Colette Harris with Theresa Cheung
* Syndrome X: The Complete Nutritional rogram to Prevent and Reverse Insulin Resistance – by: Jack Challem; Burton Berkson, M.D.; and Melissa Daine Smith
* The New Glucose Revolution: Guide to Living Well with PCOS – by: Jennie Brand-Miller, PhD; Nadir R. Farid M.D.; Kate March R.D., C.D.E.

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