Dietary Supplements for PCOS

There is a wide range of supplemental nutrients that may help you alleviate the symptoms of polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) and reduce the incidence of ovarian cysts. Not all of them are appropriate or necessary for every woman. We recommend that you consult with a licensed healthcare professional regarding the best supplements for you.

Listed below are some supplements that some health practitioners use for treating various aspects of polycystic ovary syndrome.

Supplemental Nutrient
Fertility
& Sex
Hormone
Balance
Insulin
or
Glucose
Control
Hair
Acne
Weight
or
Appetite
Control
Anti-
Oxidant
Need
if
Taking
Drugs
5-hydroxy-
tryptophan
-
-
-
-
Yes
-
-
Alpha lipoic acid
-
-
-
-
-
Yes
-
Berberine
Yes
Yes
-
-
-
-
-
Bilberry
-
-
-
-
-
Yes
-
Biotin
-
Yes
Yes
-
-
-
-
Carnitine
-
Yes
Yes
-
Yes
-
-
Chromium
-
Yes
-
-
-
-
-
Cinnamon
-
Yes
-
-
-
-
-
CLA
-
-
-
-
Yes
-
-
D-chiro-inositol
Yes
Yes
-
-
-
-
-
d-Pinitol
Yes
Yes
-
-
Yes
-
-
Fish Oil
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
-
-
Green coffee
-
Yes
-
-
Yes
Yes
-
Green tea
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
-
Gymnema
-
Yes
-
-
-
-
-
Indole 3 carbanol
Yes
-
-
-
-
-
-
Inositol
Yes
Yes
-
Yes
Yes
-
-
Licorice
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
Magnesium
-
Yes
-
-
Yes
-
-
Momordica
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
Multi-vitamin/mineral
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
NAC
-
Yes
-
-
-
Yes
-
Natural progesterone
Yes
-
-
-
-
-
-
Prenatal formula
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
Quercetin
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
Saw Palmetto
Yes
-
Yes
Yes
-
-
-
Selenium
-
-
-
-
-
Yes
-
Vanadyl sulfate
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
Vit. B12 & folic acid
-
-
-
-
-
-
Yes
Vitamin B6
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
Vitamin D
Yes
Yes
-
-
Yes
-
-
Vitex (chasteberry)
Yes
-
Yes
Yes
-
-
-
Zinc
-
Yes
Yes
-
-
-
-

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