3 Fat Chicks on a Diet Weight Loss Community  

Go Back   3 Fat Chicks on a Diet Weight Loss Community > Support Forum > Dieting with Obstacles > PCOS/Insulin Resistance Support

PCOS/Insulin Resistance Support Support for us with any of the following: Insulin Resistance, Syndrome X, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, or other endocrine disorders.

Useful Supplements for PCOS

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 07-09-2008, 10:44 PM   #1
Writing my success story
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 76

Default Useful Supplements for PCOS

Just curious to know what are some vitamins or supplements that have been shown to be helpful for PCOS. I'm currently using Metformin and Spironolactone. I don't plan on taking these forever, though. I peeked at the Insulite website but it's perhaps a bit too pricey for me now. Any thoughts?
__________________




Finally moving the scale

Nothing beats a failure but a try.

"I tried and failed a thousand times. But I tried one more time - and that's the time that worked." posted by Meg (moderator)
allabouttheskinny is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-10-2008, 12:22 PM   #2
WW Moderator
 
Jennifer 3FC's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 1999
Posts: 6,874

Default

My dietitian has told me that Chromium in the chelated form may be helpful if you have IR. I have just started taking it - I'll update after I've given it a good chance. But for now - strangely - my appetite seems to be much less. I'm not feeling like I need something, and I don't get shaky as often. That could be related to other things, though, because I've made changes in diet and supplements lately.
__________________
We're fat chicks, not doctors. Please see your physician before taking advice found on the internet.
Jennifer 3FC is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-10-2008, 02:02 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
Michelle125's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Philly burbs
Posts: 479

S/C/G: 222/ticker/122

Height: 5'4''

Default

I know Insulite seems pricey but if you go to a nutritionist those supplements will run you close to or above $100/month as well. My mom is seeing a nutritionist and her supplements are $120/month, when the Insulite has the same stuff in it, and is only $99 when you sign up for a year.

I hate how insurance companies will pay for pharma drugs and not organic supplements. The supplements should slowly cure, and the drugs will only mask the condition for eternity. Which is more profitable?

But all supplements/drugs aside, exercise daily is KEY, and not overeating is KEY. I'm actually feeling much better allowing myself to never be full, and always a little hungry. Too much food wrecks havoc on insulin. Small portions and exercise keep insulin in check.
__________________
- Michelle

Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/HormonalChicks

Michelle125 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-11-2008, 10:25 PM   #4
Member
 
Lady KM's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 45

S/C/G: 294/270/170

Height: 5'7

Default

This is good info !!!! I have not seen a nutritionist for this condition... Keep the info coming.
Lady KM is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-13-2008, 08:08 PM   #5
Writing my success story
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 76

Default

Thanks!
__________________




Finally moving the scale

Nothing beats a failure but a try.

"I tried and failed a thousand times. But I tried one more time - and that's the time that worked." posted by Meg (moderator)
allabouttheskinny is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-13-2008, 08:26 PM   #6
God, Gratitude, Grace
 
allowingslender's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 34

S/C/G: 315 (2/09) /see ticker/140

Height: 5'3

Default

Well, other than general good nutrition and a low glycemic diet (similar to SugarBusters) here is what I am doing:

DIM -- diindolymethane (I think I spelled that right lol) -- this is a compound found in cruciferous vegetables that has anti-androgen properties (the stuff that gives us facial hair!) and also helps to metabolize estrogens -- many of us are estrogen dominant...

Spearmint tea: spearmint has been shown to elevate mood as well as containing anti-androgen properties

red raspberry leaf (I drink it in a tea) -- helps to balance hormones, helps tone uterus, may help with regulating periods/promoting ovulation.

stress management: strong B vitamin support, helps with stress -- stress creates cortisol, which does a number on adrenals, which does a real number on PCOS

Milk Thistle -- this supports healthy liver function -- many women with PCOS may have impaired or "sluggish" liver function and maintaining a healthy liver may help symptoms.

HTH
__________________
The divine in me greets the divine in you.


(mini goal)

= 5 lbs

to a 5k mini-goal in Fall 2009
allowingslender is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-14-2008, 10:41 AM   #7
Senior Member
 
Michelle125's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Philly burbs
Posts: 479

S/C/G: 222/ticker/122

Height: 5'4''

Default

allowingslender, please elaborate on the DIM- is that something you get at a health food store, or are you just making sure you eat a lot of those foods?

I completely agree with the raspberry leaf. I want to drink it everyday, just haven't been that good about it! I notice that when I do get my period and I have bad cramps in the beginning, I drink the raspberry leaf tea, then about 1 hour later my period gets very heavy, but less painful. It's heavier for about 8 more hours, then it ends a few days early! It's just so fascinating that an herb can have such a visual and instant effect on the body. I was amazed. I'm sure it would do me good to drink all throughout my cycle (which is 75-days now, long, but regular!!!)
__________________
- Michelle

Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/HormonalChicks


Last edited by Michelle125 : 07-14-2008 at 10:44 AM.
Michelle125 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-14-2008, 01:19 PM   #8
God, Gratitude, Grace
 
allowingslender's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 34

S/C/G: 315 (2/09) /see ticker/140

Height: 5'3

Default

Quote:
allowingslender, please elaborate on the DIM- is that something you get at a health food store, or are you just making sure you eat a lot of those foods?
Yes, it is a supplement you get at a health food store or vitamin shoppe. I think you'd have to eat a crazy amount of broccoli to have the concentration, but certainly those foods are wonderful to have in our diets!

DIM is good for both men and women, in men it contributes to prostate health because it has been shown to reduce the androgens that contribute to the growth of cancer cells.

In women, it has the same anti-androgen properties and helps to balance estrogen -- helping to metabolize them.

I don't know if I can post links here but a google of something like "DIM for hormone balance" should take you to the right places.

HTH
__________________
The divine in me greets the divine in you.


(mini goal)

= 5 lbs

to a 5k mini-goal in Fall 2009
allowingslender is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-14-2008, 10:25 PM   #9
Member
 
Lady KM's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 45

S/C/G: 294/270/170

Height: 5'7

Default

FYI -- I found this information:

Natural Product Effectiveness Checker Results


Search for: Polycystic ovary syndrome
Matches: 2


Possibly Effective:

INOSITOL (Possibly Effective) View Products Containing: INOSITOL
Polycystic ovary syndrome
Taking the inositol isomer D-chiro-inositol orally seems to decrease serum triglyceride and testosterone levels, modestly decreases blood pressure, and induces ovulation in obese women with polycystic ovary syndrome.



Insufficient Evidence:

CHROMIUM (Insufficient Evidence) View Products Containing: CHROMIUM
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
Preliminary evidence suggests that chromium picolinate 500 mcg twice daily might increase glucose disposal in women with PCOS.
Lady KM is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-18-2008, 07:52 AM   #10
WW Moderator
 
Jennifer 3FC's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 1999
Posts: 6,874

Default

Oh, I forgot to add. My dietitian said no chromium piccolinate, due to possible side effects and overall effectiveness. I'm taking chelated chromium, in the form of chromium nicolinate. I can't find my handout she gave me - I'll keep looking. I can't remember what the interaction/problem was, but I didn't want any part of it. I completely trust my dietitian. She is a professor at the local university and she also interns nutrition students, so she has to stay up to date on everything, and remain pretty objective. That's what I like the most about her. She isn't too conservative or too far out.

An update for me: I'm taking Chromium Synergy by Designs for Health. This is a link to the item, but I know nothing about the store, or if you can buy it without being a patient. But they do have the information on why chromium picolinate is bad for us. I've been taking this for a week, and I do feel better through the day. No crashes, no wild cravings, no shakes. Just an even keel.
__________________
We're fat chicks, not doctors. Please see your physician before taking advice found on the internet.
Jennifer 3FC is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-18-2008, 02:03 PM   #11
Elizabeth
 
eawrigh1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Right now: Urbana, IL In September: Nashville, TN!
Posts: 22

S/C/G: 228/216.4/150

Height: 5'4"

Default

Hi Jennifer,

Thanks for posting the information. I had no idea that chromium picolinate was bad for us. Where do you get your chelated chromium?

Thanks!
Elizabeth
eawrigh1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-20-2008, 01:16 PM   #12
Finding success on beach
 
Jenskihere's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: IL
Posts: 641

Height: 5ft 9"

Default

Jennifer 3FC - what kind of dietitian do you see? Someone that specialiazes in IR?
Jenskihere is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-13-2008, 12:08 AM   #13
WW Moderator
 
Jennifer 3FC's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 1999
Posts: 6,874

Default

Sorry for not replying, ladies! I didn't even see this. I bought my chelated chromium from my dietitian. She works at a integrative medical complex, so they are more open to supplements. I imagine most dietitians would be open to this, but I'm not sure all doctors (that they would be working for) are in to it. She was not a specialist in IR. She works for a general medical facility. But the holistic/integrative aspect of the facility might have something to do with the willingness to prescribe supplements.

This place also sells it, but I'm not sure if you can buy without being a patient. You may be able to also get it at GNC, Vitamin Shoppe etc, but I'm sure since they sell the piccolinate form, they will tell you it is safe.
__________________
We're fat chicks, not doctors. Please see your physician before taking advice found on the internet.
Jennifer 3FC is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-12-2009, 04:22 AM   #14
I'm FOCUSED man!!!
 
D Red757's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Maryland
Posts: 75

S/C/G: 273-267-150

Height: 5'6

Default

Thanks for the heads up on vitamin supps.
D Red757 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-19-2009, 09:43 AM   #15
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: kansas city
Posts: 16

S/C/G: 230/219.5/160

Height: 5'8"

Default

honestly i never had luck with metformin, supplements or anything. the only thing I can rave about is Vitex and NAC (n-acetyle cystine)... might want to google that spelling ;0)

I took Vitex and NAC for 3 months with nothing else and ended up getting a positive pregnancy result the DAY I was going in to get started on chlomid.
__________________


Age: 32
Started 4/30/2009. ST 9/18/09....LT 2/14/10
Renewing our wedding vows on our 13th anniversary and having our first real "wedding" 10/3/2009. Time to drop a few sizes!
Plan: low cal, low carb, whole foods, exercise min. 30 min/day, eating 6 times a day
grae is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply
Posts by members, moderators and admins are not considered medical advice
and no guarantee is made against accuracy.


Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 11:25 AM.






Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.6.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.3.2