Vitamins and PCOS

If you have PCOS you can’t afford to be deficient in any of the essential nutrients…but on top of a standard healthy diet you should consider taking a multi-vitamin and mineral supplement to help manage your PCOS and subsequent symptoms.

Ideally you should look for supplements that contain the following particularly: vitamins A, D, E, C, B1, B2, B5, B6, B12, folic acid, calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc, chromium, selenium, manganese.

Now that might seem like an awfully long list of basic vitamins for PCOS so let me break it down for you while we look at what each of these supplements are for and how they can help.  It’s good to know what is particularly beneficial for PCOS so you can work these vitamins and minerals into your everyday diet whilst picking out what areas you may be lacking in and/or require further supplements to help.

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As with all dietary and nutritional supplements it is important to check with and/or consult with your doctor prior to starting a course of vitamins, medications or a dietary program – if you are going to do this, it’s important to do it properly! 

So now you know the somewhat extensive list of vitamins that can help you manage your PCOS and keep your body healthy, what about vitamins for specific purposes or symptoms?

If you suffer from a particularly bad set of PCOS symptoms you may want to focus on getting that aspect under control, so here is a roundup of the vitamins that are recommended as treatment for specific PCOS symptoms:

If you are susceptible to and suffer from depression the following vitamins are recommended to help lessen symptoms:

Vitamin B

Vitamin C

Zinc

Iron

Potassium

Magnesium

If you are feeling broody, maternal and are trying to conceive there are a number of vitamins that are recommended to help boost fertility (and with PCOS we could use all the help we can get!) these vitamins include:

Folic Acid

B Vitamins

Vitamin B2

Vitamin B3

Vitamin B12

Vitamin C

Vitamin D

Vitamin E

Calcium

EFA

Iron

Magnesium

Manganese

Selenium

Zinc

If you have diabetes in your family, have been warned of the probability of getting diabetes or have been diagnosed with pre-diabetes there are several vitamins which will you’re your body function better including:

 Beta carotene

B3

B6

Biotin

Vitamin C

Chromium

Vitamin E

Magnesium

Selenium

Zinc

If, like many, many of us women with PCOS you are struggling and trying to lose weight there are a number or vitamins and minerals that are advised to assist with healthy weight loss programmes (I.e. alongside a good diet and exercise regime) the recommended vitamins and minerals for this include:

 Psyllium Husks

Chromium Polynicotinate

EFAs

Kelp or wheat grass

Lecithin capsules

Spirulina

Vitamin B complex

Vitamin C

Boron

Amino Acids L-Ornithine

L-arginine and L-lysine

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4 thoughts on “Vitamins and PCOS

  1. PCOS Learner says:

    Hey! How do you know which vitamins in a give list you’re supposed to take? Should you take all of them and, if so, do you space them throughout the day or take them all at once?

    • littlemissmagickal says:

      Hi there!

      This is a good question, and as with most medical queries is something that will vary from person to person. If you want to feel more comfortable with your choices then I would recommend having a chat with your doctor to target your selection a bit more for your needs.

      Personally, I take some from the list as supplements, but I don’t take all of them (I’d be popping pills all day if I did!) and try to get as much out of a rounded diet as possible to make up for it.

      I take complete women’s multivitamins, vitamin D, Vitamin C and Chromium at the the moment, and have been for some time, these have seemed to help me (with sugar cravings and mood particularly), however they may or may not be the best choices for you. As I take a handful I tend to have them all at once in the morning with a bit of breakfast (so I can’t forget to take them). I also have omega supplements that I will take and these need to be taken 3 times a day, so I spread those across the day and have them with meals.

      It’s a case of doing what is best for you.
      I believe that you can take them whenever suits your schedule so you can regularly get your dosage of vitamins, as it’s more important that you take them than when you take them.

      There are lots of other resources that can give you information about vitamin types, but I think checking in with a doctor (particularly if you are on any other medication) is always the best course of action.

      🙂

  2. Neha says:

    Hey! Thanks for the list! I’ve had pcos for 3 years now and it’s frustrating, especially the acne part. I’m on birth control since 2 years. Could you share names of supplements that have the essential vitamins and minerals required for PCOS patients? Thanks!

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