I'm a PCOS sufferer and a Diabetic with high blood pressure. I take supplements because I feel they are a better way to balance out my hormones and the things my body is missing, rather than fill it with chemicals that don't occur naturally in the body.
Please don't cease taking ANY medication or commence supplements without talking to your GP first.
These work for me, and have been trialed, tested and tweaked over 3 years to get the balance right FOR ME. I've prioritised them in order of the effect they have had on my body. Please bear in mind dosages etc are tailored to my body weight & issues.
Vitamin D is something I lack. I live in a country with no sun, and this has had a dramatic effect on depression and my immune system. Taking large doses of Vitamin D caused one of the most significant changes I've seen when starting ANY supplement. If you suffer with depression and low immunity, get your Vit D levels checked, stat! Vit D is said to improve fertility, reduces insulin resistance, protects your liver, helps with weight control etc - a myriad benefits. I take 1000iu per day.
D-Chiro Inositol is a derivative of the carob bean, but is VERY expensive. DCI combats insulin resistance, hirsutism, helps with depression and the biggest impact I had was regulating my cycle. However, I can no longer afford to buy this, so now I take Inositol instead (which the body turns into DCI). I take in a powder form, 2g per day. Some recent studies have treated depression and panic attacks with Inositol successfully.
N-Acetyl-Cysteine is a very stinky supplement, but has benefits in Insulin resistance, it's a powerful antioxidant, helps reduce Homocysteine levels (which can lead to cardiovascular disease). It reduces testosterone and it improves the effectiveness of Chlomiphene for women with PCOS. I take 1200mg per day.
R-Alpha Lipoic Acid is more expensive and more potent than standard ALA, but a LOT more effective. It is a powerful antioxidant, helps with fat burning and balances hormone levels. I take 250mg per day and have found it has helped lower my blood pressure, in combination with L-Carnitine.
Acetyl L-Carnitine helps boost energy and endurance. Great for depression and said to aid circulation. I take 1g per day. ALC improves the absorbtion of R-Alpha-Lipoic Acid.
Fish Oil contains EPA and DHA (essential fatty acids) which help with blood pressure, it has antioxidants and helps with hormone production and regulation. It has wide-ranging healh benefits and I'm taking 2200mg per day.
GTF Chromium Polynicotinate is for Insulin resistance. I take 400mcg per day.
Agnus Castus is for PCOS, regulating cycles and balancing hormones. I take 1000mg per day.
Cayenne Pepper is for cardiovascular health and can reduce arterial plaque. Aids digestion and circulation. Best taken in powder format, but I could not tolerate this; I take it in capsule form, 1000mg per day.
Saw Palmetto is for PCOS, reducing hirsutism by targetting DHT (di-hydro-testosterone) levels. I take 320mg (extract) per day.
Milk Thistle helps to protect my liver (who's function is impaired in PCOS/Diabetics) I take this daily 8.5g.
Biotin which diabetics are deficient in. I take 5mg per day. Blood sugar levels are significantly decreased when biotin levels are balanced. Also reduces triglycerides. Gives you lovely hair, nails and skin!
Vitamin B Complex is something I take extra of, as people taking Metformin have depleted levels. Off the shelf, 1 tablet a day (with my multivit takes me to about 200% of RDA).
General Multivitamin to pick up anything I've missed!
Again I must stress this is what works for ME. Some of these things won't agree with everyone - loads of good supplements aren't on this list because I can't tolerate them. We are all different, and so our supplement needs will be different. I hope this has been of interest!