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6/3/12 10:54 P

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I am currently taking:

Fish Oil
Cranberry
N-AC
Biotin
B complex

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4/8/12 1:31 P

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I am currently taking

a multi vitamin
raspberry ketones
Vitamin b12
chromium


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Sure, no problem. I started them today - they arrived a day early :) The good thing is they are capsules....no awful taste :) Thats good at least...LOL. We shall see :) I don't have a lot of faith as even the Metformin didn't do much for me......but I will let you all know :) I think I actually might have told you the wrong supplement name (I tried to go off memory)

The CORRECT name is: N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine ---- if you want to do your own research.

Valerie

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Keep us updated Valerie, I know the upset intestines from other things. I've been dealing with that for a year now.

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After receiving a PCOS newsletter in my email last week suggesting I take N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine - 600mg 3 times per day, I will be starting this on Tuesday, when it arrives in the mail.

According the the research - it is MORE effective than Metformin with better results and in many cases....MUCH BETTER results - without the awful Metformin side effects (the uhappy intestine ones). Meaning, it is lowering testosterone levels in women with PCOS after 6 weeks on the supplement. It also lowering blood sugar levels significantly. MANY of the women also had their period return regularly.

I dunno about you guys -- but I think a supplement like this is WELL worth the try. I found it on NewEgg.com for $10.25 per bottle of 60 pills. SO I bought 2 bottles to cover me for my first month. I will keep everyone updated on if it works at all for me :)

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right now i'm taking

Fish Oil
Prenatal Multivitamin
Vitamin D
Iron

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Hello everyone...

I currently take
a multivitamin made from whole foods
Vitamin D
Super B complex
B12 dots
Fish Oil
Calmag
Vitamin C
Similase (digestive enzyme)
Probiotic


I believe that is it.

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3/11/12 10:55 P

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Has anyone tried Visalus shakes? I hate getting my nutrition from a drink but Im desperate to feel better. It seems expensive. But right now having 6 specialists is really exspensive and I still feel bad. I see an Endo and have had my hormones tested which they say are fine....except insulin...but I have hot flashes like crazy and stay fatigued to the point of never being able to go out. I used to take Iron but it made me have blockages. So I just would like to know if anyone has found a good way to get energy so I could start exercising and eating healthier. Thank you I love this group.

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I use the Chiral Balance brand of D-chiro inositol. I haven't used it long enough to know what it will do for me, but I have lost a few pounds. Whether that is from the inositol is still up for debate.

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Can anyone tell me where to order the D Chiro Inositol? Which one works for you?

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I am currently taking:

-D Chiro Inositol 1200 mg daily (just started on this....hoping for good results!)
-Inositol and Choline complex 1500 mg daily
-Synergy 3000 multivitamin from Vitacost (has ALA, CoQ10 and other great things!)
-Fish Oil 8 grams daily
-Acetyl L Carnitine 1500 mg
-Vitex 1200mg
-N-Acetyl Cysteine 1800 mg
-Vitamin D 5000IU (I am deficient)
-Calcium, magnesium, and zinc supplement
-Cinnamon 2000 mg
- Saw Palmetto
-Zyflamend, Quercetin, and L-lysine for an inflammatory autoimmune condition
-Natural Progesterone Cream

This sounds like a lot of supplements, but I will stick with them, because I think they help. However, I think eating low carb makes the biggest difference, and is what most helped me to drop from OBESE to NORMAL on the BMI!


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I try to supplement very little and do menu planning to ensure proper nutrients, but I also have Crohn's, so I have issues with absorption- so now I take:

B12 (my iluem was destroyed my scar tissue) sublinguals
D3- 2,000 IU/day (I was on more agressive therapy, because my D level was at 6 in March- it's at 32 now and climbing!)
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Hello ladies :)
I am currently taking:
Prenatal Vitamin-Not pregnant, just getting my body ready to be :)
Which has my Vitamins A, C, D, E, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin B12, Calcium, Iron and Zinc
Vitamin D-1400 iu's per day all together including the Vitamin D I get from my prenatal.
And also Vitex (Agnus Castus or Chaste Tree) 1600 mgs per day.
Once I get paid I will be adding in Omega 3 fish oil, D-chiro-inositol,Cinnamon and Chromium

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I love my supplement regimen, I have been able to get off the slew of other medication my doctors had me for PCOS, IR and migraines which they say are caused by the PCOS.

I also was able to clear up my horrible acne and now Im enjoying totally clear skin. Plus, I feel better now than I ever did on meds.

My Supplements are:

- Daily Multivitamin
- Omega 3 Fish Oil 1000mg
- Glucosamine HCI 1500mg
- Chondroitin 1200mg
- Evening Primrose Oil 1000mg
- Super B-Complex
- Calcium-Magnesium 1000mg/500mg
- Saw Palmetto
- Cinnamon

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Hi all, I used to just take a multi vitamin now and then which is a bit pointless but after reading the ultimate handbook to PCOS I'm now on multivitamin, chromium, spirulina, magnesium, flaxseed oil and vitamin B complex. Seems like a lot to take each day but I'm giving it a go along with healthy eating and exercise. Good luck to everyone on your own journeys. x

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Hi everyone, I'm hoping to get some information.
I have PCOS and insulin resistance. I take a prenatal vitamin per my RE, along with 1500 mg of metformin ER, chaste tree and cholacol (because I don't have my gallbladder)

I've gone to 2 naturopathic Drs in my area and both recommended a supplement called Symplex F... I've never heard of this and have not been able to find any reviews on it.
Does anyone have any experience with this?

The reviews I have found all have replies that basically say not to trust supplements, etc.... or they do not have much information....

This is the information I have found on it....
tinyurl.com/6xlodh3

Thanks in advance for any help!! emoticon

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My docs make me take a basic multivit for women and two supplements for my hair loss and skin gluthathione and acne-aid.
The later two have really drastically helped to improve my hair loss and breakouts. But I'm also on minoxidil (for my hair) and benzoyl peroxide/adapalene (for my skin) regimens.

This is apart from my usual birth control and metformin.

I used also have to take iron and folic acid supplements, but since my PCOS-induced anemia is under control, doc took me off those.

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My husband (and EMT and FF) and I (a nurse) recently started taking USANA's Essentials which consist of Mega Antioxidant and Chelated Minerals and the BiOmega. After battling with PCOS for over 10 years now, I have tried almost EVERYTHING to get a regular period and to actually have some energy to feel like working out after working crazy hours. So many supplements made me nauseated, no matter what I took them with or mixed them with.

Why do I recommend USANA after trying so many different things??? USANA strictly follows pharmaceutical-grade Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP). This means they not only purchase pharmaceutical-grade raw products, but also manufacture the products according to tough pharmaceutical-quality guidelines. In addition, USANA Health Sciences follows USP guidelines for potency, uniformity, and dissolution of the tablet. In a nutshell, USANA manufactures their products to the strict standards of over-the-counter drugs even
though not required to do soassuring all of their customers and associates that what is on the
label is actually in the tablet (they are also found in the Physicians Desk Reference). Usana's essentials are complete and balanced and provides the cellular nutrition that Dr. Ray D. Strand, a specialist in Nutritional Medicine strongly recommends in his book, What Your Doctor Doesn't Know About Nutritional Medicine May Be Killing You. This improves compliance and makes taking these advanced levels of nutritional supplements easier.

I never was good at taking my supplements regularly. What I also love about USANA is that you can customize your own HealthPaks making it so easy to put in your purse or pocket to take later (ie at work or with a meal on the run) and 2 paks are together, one labelled am, one pm vs having to open several bottles. Also, because I feel so good, it makes me want to continue taking them and I don't think I've forgotten yet!

Also after looking at Nurtrisearch Comparative Guide to Nutritional Supplementation which compares over 1500 products available tin the United States and Canada, I am even more impressed that USANA has a potency guarantee that what is on the label is actually in the product. I encourage you to check out the link below which is Dr. Strands website www.releasingfat.com You can also check out my page at www.watter.usana.com



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I currently take centrum (multivitamin) and Vitamin B6.

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I'm not taking supplements but focus on ensuring the usual spark track, plus calcium and B12. Metformin can affect/effect the absorbtion of B12. I've not been getting enough. But mussels are fairly inexpensive, full of B12, and a green choice as they are easy to farm without the need of adding feed/etc to the farming process. I've been enjoying muscles a couple of times a week lately. yum.

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Hi Ladies,

I take a Phytoberry Protien shake by Progressive ( who is a registered dietician), they also have a non protien blend that is wonderful and both are tastey. They offer all of your phytonutrients and antioxidents and provide loads of natural energy. If you take this drink you dont need your daily vitamin C dose.

I also take:
Chromium
Vitamin B6 and B12 time released
Vitamin D
Vitamin C (On days I dont have my phytoberry)
Magnesium
Zinc ( which I noticed makes me throw up if I take a full capsule so I only take half - guess I'm getting enough from my diet)
Selenium
Omega 3

Once I finish my Zinc/Mag/B12 and B6, I have found a B complex that includes all of these as well as Biotin which I read is great for women suffering from PCOS, so we'll see how that works.

I find if I dont take my vitamins I feel sluggish and tired. Also If I add a multi I sleep very deeply for hours on end, so I opt out of the multi with all of the above!

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My favorites, and the only vitamins and supplements I take are New Chapter Organics Woman's One Daily and Nordic Naturals Ultimate Omega.


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Progesterone cream can cause a period to come without necessarily treating the underlying causes of PCOS.

Please make sure you look into insulin resistance and low carbohydrate load and low glycaemic index foods and regular exercise - these 2 things are the foundation of any successful PCOS treatment plan.

All the best, and congratulations on putting yourself first!

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Hi Everyone,

I am new! :)

Well, I did not have my period for 6 to 7 years. I was overweight. However, during that time I experienced a lot of stress and a death of a loved one. So, I was not thinking about my body. When I got diagnosed, I started to take these natural pills and cream:

Dr. Norman's Menstruplex (menstrual formula)
Dr. Norman's Sexosterone Progesterone (male-female) Body cream

Within 30 days, I got my period back and its been regular since then. I highly recommend it.

Also, I did not eat chicken for that period. Instead, I ate more fish.

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I'm always glad to read what other PCOS sufferers have found that helps. I seem to do better when I have a certain amount of healthy carbs in a day, but I had not heard about soy lecithin. I've been supplementing with vitamin B/inositol powder, and I'd heard about d-chiro-inositol, but I'd be interested in trying the soy lecithin if it's more effective.

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Hi Belrosa,

Thanks for an insightful response ... I should clarify, it wasn't the total dosage of lecithin I was referring to, it was the dose per protein drink ... as in, maybe it was upsetting your stomach to have the whole amount in one go. I limit my dose to 2 Tablespoons per protein drink, and I find that works for me - I too experienced slight nausea with a higher dosage per drink.

I am experimenting currently with a higher dosage of omega 3's - the reading I've done recently suggests that helps with being anti-inflammatory (the insulin response is inflammatory).

I have to state again that cutting out the grain products is probably the most important step I took in this process to normalize my hormones.

One more thing ... my last period was 29 days ! This is a big change from 18 days at the worst, and 23 days typically. Once those hormones get normalized all sorts of good things happen .... oh and NO PMS either! Woo hoo!


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I don't even know what to say! This is an absolutely amazing discussion.

Thank you, all of you who have posted on this thread. I have learned so much just by reading your ideas and thoughts.

I also really appreciate that those of you with TONS of knowledge are still encouraging everyone to check with their doctors/naturopaths to ensure safety. Medications and supplements are no frivolous matter and I really appreciate all of the advice!

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Hi,

I don't think it was the high fat content ... I'm not afraid of healthy fats :) More afraid of carbs! I'm a "real food" type person rather than low fat or low calorie. I just try and use foods which are as close to their natural state as possible and stay away from refined foods (as much as possible).

1/3 cup is actually equal to 6 tablespoons, so it's within the same ballpark as what you take. The funny thing is - at first I didn't mind it, then after 2 months I developed an aversion. That was why I wanted to know how long you had been taking it for.

I've only just started using protein smoothies. When I was doing the DCI smoothie I used this recipe:
mypcos.info/1/how-food-can-help-mana
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or variations thereof.

It's also so filling that I usually drank it over several hours and considered it at least one meal, sometimes two.

Thanks for all your advice ... I think I will give the smoothie another go. I don't know whether it was the soy lecithin or a combination of everything I put in it, because even adding soy lecithin to my soups and stews and things didn't seem to have any more effect than the DCI powder I'm now taking. They both help me from going backwards, but I'm impatient and the results I got from the smoothie were much much better!

Thanks again - and welcome to our group by the way :)

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Hi Belrosa,
I am wondering if you reacted to the fact that soy lecithin is a very high fat product. We have been so brainwashed in society into believing in low-fat that our bodies have to get used to a higher fat diet when it is reintroduced. Our brains are 35% lecithin!

I have a couple of suggestions - first of all, your experience has shown that you respond better to the soy lecithin rather than the supplement, so I would work with it a bit more - you could try splitting the dose up (1/3 cup is a heck of a lot of lecithin in one go) - 2 Tablespoons per protein smoothie, no more than 3. I use Whey Gourmet in Strawberry Banana. Also, you could try adding pure cocoa powder(unsweetened) - it has a strong taste and will mask the lecithin. One more tip, sip the smoothie over a half hour rather than drinking it all at once.

Good luck!


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Hi Pilotgirl, Thanks for sharing that great information with us. I have a question - with the soy lecithin for DCI - how long have you been taking it for?

I did something similar for about 2 months - I took a 1/3 of a cup in a smoothie each day which should provide 1200mg of DCI, and it worked brilliantly - I lost weight very quickly, had more energy and my menstrual cycle returned after being completely absent for 3.5 years ... BUT ... then I began to feel nauseous when I took it and eventually even smelled it or saw it. So I switched to taking D Chiro Inositol powder in a higher dose than I would have been getting from the soy lecithin, as I'd read that you should tie the dose to your weight, rather than take 1200mg a day no matter what weight you are. The DCI powder has helped me keep from gaining weight, but I'm not really losing weight any more and my periods are becoming more erratic.

I still try and sneak the soy lecithin into food like soup when I'm not looking :) but I just find it turns my stomach now. Initially, I actually liked the taste of it, so it's strange. I wonder if there's something else in the soy lecithin which we don't need so much of...

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Hello, I am new to the team but have lots of experience with what has worked supplement-wise. I have my hormones tested regularly, every 2 weeks, and so am able to figure out which supplements and lifestyle changes have helped directly. So this information I'm sharing is not just opinion ...

The first change that is important to make with PCOS is to balance and stabilize insulin release in the body. This means cutting out simple sugars, and unfortunately grains. Even whole grains. The diet I ended up following was Primal Blueprint, which is a healthy high protein, low carb, high fat diet.

Regular exercise helps the insulin as well, especially with gentle exercise after a meal.

Along with a high quality multi and 2000 mg of high quality fish oil (I use Xtend Life - free shipping), I use 4-8 Tablespoons of soy lecithin(non-GMO) granules in my protein (Whey Gourmet) breakfast drink. This will provide the correct amount of D-Chiro Inositol.

These changes in diet and adding the lecithin normalized my hormones within 2 weeks. As well, I continue to see additional changes with losing weight more easily, body composition, and my period has lengthened to 29 days from 18.

In the past I tried bio-identical progesterone, but it wasn't addressing the root cause, which in PCOS is a functional deficiency of Choline and Inositol.

I hope this helps someone out there. I would recommend following your progress with blood work so that you know exactly what is working for you.



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Hey ladies I have found something that does WONDERS for nutrition! It's called Shakeology! I started replacing one meal a day with this shake from Beachbody and within the first week I could tell a huge difference in the way I felt overall! It has over 70+ vitamins and nutrients and probiotics and so much more to help with Energy levels, digestion and bloating and it helped improve regularity. I don't know about you but with all of the poorly made high processed unorganic foods we have to choose from today and combined with my metformin I was NEVER regular and it was always the runs... I know that's a lot of info you don't want but I had to share an example.

If you're interested in it I suggest looking at my page to get more info and watch videos for yourself. I dare you to try it for 30 days and if you don't like it or you don't feel a difference you can get your money back. Simple as that! You won't regret it!

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I take the women's one a day active metabolism. It helps give metabolism support and give you energy. It's a multivitamin so it has like everything in it. It works great but the only downside is if I forget to take it a day or don't have money for it my metabolism will slow down again and my energy will be like zero.

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http://www.puritan.com/
Puritan's Pride is a wonderful manufacture, high quality supplements, and they are always running specials with great shipping! I buy so many thing, that I can end up getting 12 bottles of various things for like under $30.
I have been taking Saw Palmetto for a month. It's fantastic and worth it to me. My first bottle, I picked up at the grocery store. It was the Equate(also know as the Wal Mart) brand.
Happy shopping!



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Hey everyone. I wanted to pop in here and ask a quick question.

Where does everyone get their supplements? I've recently been reading up on the forums here and online and I'm considering buying some Saw Palmetto to start taking with my daily vitamins.

Where do you get your saw palmetto? I quickly checked at Target and they had "Saw Palmetto Berry." I'd read somewhere here not to get the fruit kind? Anyway I'm a little confused and would like to be steered in the right direction.



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It doesn't give me indigestion.

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I have been really bad at keeping up with taking my supplements. One question I had for those that take Chromium... does it give you indigestion?

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I would strongly recommend you seek a 2nd opinion. There's a lot of solid research behind DCI, at the very least.

Obtaining qood quality medical advice, especially in relation to PCOS can be very difficult.

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my doc told me that all those diff supplements don't help. I asked him should I continue to take my multivitamin and he said it wont help you or hurt you in this case (PCOS). I asked about d-chiro-inositol he said it dont work! he said the people that makes them dont test them so we dont know whats in them.

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I take a multivitamin that is loaded with b vitamins and Chromium Picolinate. I am loving everyones replies! I think I am going to see about adding some cinnamon to my regime.

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Re: Milk Thistle - As women with PCOS have excess levels of various hormones zinging around their bodies which the liver needs to metabolise (get rid of), supporting the liver to function optimally may help some of the hormonally driven symptoms. On top of protecting against NASH (non-alcoholic steatohepatitis) and fatty liver disease which women with PCOS are at increased risk of, supplementing with Milk Thistle can help with this as well.

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Milk thistle is for liver function. I have mild fatty liver infiltration. Supposedly those with pcos are at risk for it.

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I take Metformin, 1,000 mg 1 x day.

Glucomannan
CLA Tonalin
D3
Daily Vitamin

What is Milk Thistle? What are the benefits?



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Tifforz,

That's a pretty good combination you've come up with - good work!

Jenn/SwtSnshine - Studies have found that Chromium may need to be taken in doses of up to 1000 mcg per day to be effective in reducing elevated blood sugar. I'm not sure it's a good idea to take such high doses on a permanent basis, so I alternate between high doses of Vanadium, Manganese,Magnesium & Chromium (as well as Cinnamon or Gymnema) which all reduce BSL/IR in high doses, so that over a period of a week, I'm not taking too much of any one thing.

Vitamin D levels really do vary so much between person to person and location to location that I would strongly suggest have your levels checked before supplementing. The Vitamin D Council routinely recommends 5,000 i.u. per day for people who are deficient/live in low sunshine areas, but for those who live in sunny climates and get plenty of access to the sun without sunscreen etc, a Vit D supplement is usually totally unnecessary. It's a very simple blood test - you just need to ask for a 25(OH)D (25 hydroxyvitamin D) test from your GP.



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I drink Spirutein twice a day.

Based purely on personal research I am taking:

Alpha lipoic acid
Milk Thistle
MSM
Fish Oil
Green Tea extract
CoQ10
Lutein

I want to go back on Cinnamon and also take:
Peppermint Tea
Saw Palmetto
Beta-Sitosterol

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Hi Jenn,

D3, I would suggest between 1,000 and 1,500 per day (can't remember if it's mg or mcg, but you'll see it on the bottle).
B12, if you're not taking Metformin, what's in a regular B complex should be fine.
Chromium, I can't remember the numbers on - I just remember getting a bottle of whatever was in the drugstore the last time I got it.
Cinnamon, start with 500 mg per day, and if you haven't noticed a difference after a month or two, you can increase to 1,000 mg/day.

With Vitex (or anything more than this list), I would strongly suggest that you see someone who's properly trained, like a Naturopathic Doctor. Remember, herbal medicines are still medicines, and needed to be resected as such. They are usually gentler on the body than drugs, but they will still have interactions and side effects.

Oh, and one of the BEST things you can do is to get rid of any and all processed or pre-cooked food and sugars!!! They do a real number on your metabolism!

Hope this helps! :)


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Ok lots of good info here. I just was DX the first of June. I don't want to be on meds yet,I want to try to do natural first. I plan to do a low carb, I was thinking about taking the falling but dosage I have no idea of.

Vitex
Cinnamon
Choromion
B12 or Bcomplex
Vit D3

I drink spearmint tea in the am.
I also have flax seed, I grinder it up in a grinder, and have 3 Tbsp a day in food, or a smoothie. Can anyone give me out of what I listed above what I should do, and how much to take thank you. emoticon

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oh my goodness, I feel lost in such a sea of information!
I loved it all though!

I take my met, of course. Luckily, I am past the sick phase.
multi vit
D3 vitamin
B12
fish oil

I'm done having kids. I am beyond grateful for my boys. But with all of the miscarriages, difficulty TTC and then how difficult the actually pregnancies were, I am counting myself blessed and bowing out.
Are there any recommended supplements for women who are in their 30's, not TTC and just plain old want energy?

btw, Belrosa, I bookmarked your site. I am in awe of you right now.

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I take : Multivitamin from Vitamin Shoppe
: Vitamin D once a wk
: Vitamin C
: Omega 3 Oil
: Ashwagandha (Ayurvedic herb really helps with P.M.S symptoms)
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Hi Pandasaurus! (love the name, btw! emoticon )

Chaste Tree Berry (otherwise known as Monk's Pepper, or Vitex) can be effective at restoring fertility and your regular cycle with PCOS - but I would highly recommend that you get some advice from a qualified person (like a Naturopathic Doctor) first before you just start taking something like that. Herbal and natural medicines are still medicines, and have interactions and contra-indications (medical reasons why you shouldn't take it), and need to be treated with respect. Also, you don't want to end up spending oodles of money on a whole bunch of different bottles of stuff that may or may not be what your body needs! It's best to get a proper assessement done, then you know what's likely to help you!

In general, a good multi, Vit. D3, and Chromium should be a good start. If you're eating a lot of deep-sea, fatty fish (like sardines, Salmon, etc.), then you should be OK, otherwise, you'll still want to take the Fish Oil capsules. Remember to start being more active, too, and plan on eating something every 2 - 3 hours. Oh, and fibre is VERY important, too!

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I was going to start taking Cinnamon when I start eating healthier. I was considering Fish Oil, but I plan on eating alot of fish so maybe I won't need it. Have any of you ladies heard of Chaste Tree supplements? I heard it's been used to treat hormone imbalance problems for years. :)

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Awww shucks :) thanks Sadie ... you've made me blush now. I'm glad to help. If you have any more questions, feel free.

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