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Our Recommended Supplements for PCOS

Our Recommended Supplements for PCOS
Our Recommended Supplements for PCOS

In an earlier blog, the Five Journeys team explained how functional medicine is incredibly effective at treating PCOS. PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome) is a complex condition affecting as many as 5 million women in the US each year. The disease involves hormones, genetics, development of the ovaries, and chronic inflammation. PCOS can also lead to diabetes and heart disease. 

 

Today, doctors have not pinpointed the exact cause of PCOS. There is no one pill that can cure this condition. 

 

This is why functional medicine is the best approach. By taking a holistic view of the body, we can target all of the factors that contribute to PCOS. We recommend a proper diet, exercise, sleep, and stress management to treat PCOS. 

 

But are there any other recommendations for PCOS? Yes! In this article, the Five Journeys team is going to unpack a number of recommended supplements for PCOS. By adding these additional pieces to your diet, you can reduce symptoms while also treating some of the underlying causes. 

 

What is PCOS?

PCOS stands for polycystic ovary syndrome. When women have PCOS, their ovaries develop small sacks of fluid along the outer lining. These cysts can disrupt the regular release of eggs. In other words, women with PCOS have irregular periods. They may also have trouble getting pregnant, experience hormone imbalances, or notice other reproductive discomfort. 

 

Recommended Supplements for PCOS

Because this syndrome stems from multiple causes, you’ll need to take PCOS supplements that target specific bodily functions. Speak with a doctor to determine which areas of health need improving.

 

Supplements for Hormone Control

Fembal 

Fembal delivers biologically active folate and other key methylation vitamins in combination with a targeted blend of ingredients to encourage hormone balance, help modify xenoestrogen activity, and restore tranquility. By balancing hormones and decreasing stress, you’ll see a decrease in PCOS symptoms.

Vitex

Vitex targets menstrual and ovarian function. This supplement for PCOS helps maintain healthy prolactin and hormonal balance during the monthly menstrual cycle. Vitex helps support breast comfort and a normal healthy attitude and mood during the menstrual cycle. Vitex also helps maintain normal ovarian function.

 

Supplements for Gut Imbalance

Biocidin

Biocidin harnesses the power of botanicals to refresh and rejuvenate the gut. It supports microbiome balance for healthy digestion and elimination.

Candibal

Candibal helps improve your gastrointestinal health, which is directly affected by factors like poor diet and a stressful lifestyle. The prevalence of refined sugars and carbohydrates and lack of fiber in Western diets have been directly linked to changes in the intestinal and colonic environments. Since more than 70% of the body’s immune system resides in the gut, establishing a healthy microbial balance is critical in reducing immune challenges and maintaining inflammatory balance. This supplement for PCOS helps promote a healthy gut, which has been shown to counteract the effects of PCOS while also supporting overall health.

 

Supplements for Anxiety Support

Serenity

Serenity is a comprehensive formula designed to address daily stress by increasing the production of the calming neurotransmitters serotonin and GABA. Serenity also includes key ingredients that quickly increase the production of alpha brain waves, resulting in a relaxed and effortless state of alertness. Reduced stress can reduce inflammation associated with PCOS.

 

Supplements for General System Function 

Methyl B Complex

When dealing with a chronic syndrome like PCOS, you want your body to be performing at its best. A wide and complex variety of B vitamins, as offered by Methyl B Complex, is essential for the body to convert food into cellular energy. These water-soluble groups of vitamins are first absorbed in the small intestine and then travel to the liver where they are biotransformed into their active coenzyme forms.

 

Supplements for Sleep

Melatonin

Your body’s recovery process loses effectiveness when you don’t sleep. Melatonin can help. This supplement for PCOS is a hormone synthesized from tryptophan and is essential for the regulation of a healthy sleep/wake cycle.

 

Supplements for Inflammation Support 

Vitamin D

Sometimes it’s best to stick with the basics. A growing body of research highlights Vitamin D’s important role in supporting other body systems, including cardiovascular and blood sugar balance as well as increasing musculoskeletal strength and neurological and immune function, enabled by Vitamin D’s ability to target over 200 different genes throughout the body. An excellent supplement for PCOS.

 

Endocrine System Support 

NanoMojo

The endocrine system encompasses all hormone operations in the body. And since PCOS is largely a hormone condition, it makes sense to take supplements for PCOS such as NanoMojo to support the endocrine system. Adaptogenic herbs have been used in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine systems for thousands of years for the purpose of supporting energy and concentration. Mechanisms by which these herbs may impact the stress response include suppressing the stress-related increase of cortisol and nitric oxide, increasing expression of heat shock protein, or prolonging circulation of endogenous cortisol, collectively helping to regulate the body’s response to stress.

 

Visit Five Journeys to Learn More about PCOS Treatment

Many people don’t find effective treatment for PCOS when they visit traditional primary care doctors. PCOS requires testing and long one-on-one appointments to get at the root cause of the problem. But that’s exactly what you get at Five Journeys. 

 

If you’d like to get a handle on your symptoms and learn more about supplements for PCOS, then sign up for a free discovery call. You’ll be able to chat with one of our practitioners to see how we can help you. 

 

We look forward to meeting you!

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Our Recommended Supplements for PCOS
Our Recommended Supplements for PCOS

WHY DO WE DO THIS TEST?

This test looks for the inappropriate presence of bacteria in the small intestine known as Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth or “SIBO”.

LOCATION PERFORMED

At home

SPECIMEN TYPE

Breath

COLLECTION INSTRUCTIONS

COST

$85-$225 depending on insurance coverage. 

Our Recommended Supplements for PCOS
Our Recommended Supplements for PCOS

WHY DO WE DO THIS TEST?

This test evaluates the presence of harmful mycotoxins (toxins produced by molds).

LOCATION PERFORMED

At Home

SPECIMEN TYPE

Urine

COLLECTION INSTRUCTIONS

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS

Glutathione for 1 week, then bath or sauna.

COST

$699

INSURANCE

Fully covered by Medicare. Repeat test prices $249

Our Recommended Supplements for PCOS
Our Recommended Supplements for PCOS

WHY DO WE DO THIS TEST?

This test evaluates the genetic profile for multiple health indicators. Click here for more information.

LOCATION PERFORMED

At home

SPECIMEN TYPE

Blood Spot

COST

$319

INSURANCE

No insurance accepted

COLLECTION INSTRUCTIONS

Our Recommended Supplements for PCOS
Our Recommended Supplements for PCOS

WHY DO WE DO THIS TEST?

This company can test for lyme, babesia, bartonella and additional tick-borne illnesses. Click here for more information.

LOCATION PERFORMED

In office

SPECIMEN TYPE

Blood

COST

around $1600 (depends on panel selected)

INSURANCE

Fully covered by Medicare. May be reimbursed with PPO plans.
Our Recommended Supplements for PCOS
Our Recommended Supplements for PCOS

WHY DO WE DO THIS TEST?

This test evaluates the presence of harmful mycotoxins (toxins produced by molds).

LOCATION PERFORMED

At home

BLOOD FLUID

Urine

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS

Glutathione for 1 week, then bath or sauna.

COST

$299

INSURANCE

No insurance accepted
Our Recommended Supplements for PCOS
Our Recommended Supplements for PCOS

WHY DO WE DO THIS TEST?

This test evaluates a wide range of environmental toxins that may be leading to harmful health effects.

LOCATION PERFORMED

At home

BLOOD FLUID

Urine

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS

Glutathione for 1 week, then bath or sauna.

COST

$199

INSURANCE

No insurance accepted $30 discount given if done with mycotoxins.
Our Recommended Supplements for PCOS
Our Recommended Supplements for PCOS

WHY DO WE DO THIS TEST?

Blood work for blood count, urinalysis and vitamin levels.

LOCATION PERFORMED

BLOOD FLUID

Blood

NOTES

You often have to fast for these tests-please check your providers notes.

COST

Depending on the test, deductible or copay may apply.

INSURANCE

Depends on insurance coverage, deductible or copay may apply.
Our Recommended Supplements for PCOS
Our Recommended Supplements for PCOS

WHY DO WE DO THIS TEST?

Glyphosate (“Round Up”) is a pesticide that is widely used and this test indicates the body’s levels.

LOCATION PERFORMED

At home

BLOOD FLUID

Urine

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS

Glutathione for 1 week, then bath or sauna.

COST

$99 ($69 if performed with mycotoxins or environmental toxins).

INSURANCE

No insurance accepted $30 discount given if done with mycotoxins or GPL Tox.
Our Recommended Supplements for PCOS
Our Recommended Supplements for PCOS

WHY DO WE DO THIS TEST?

This test evaluates many measures including micronutrients, antioxidants, minerals, detox, overview of gut function, omegas and toxic exposure. Click here for more information.

LOCATION PERFORMED

At home.

SPECIMEN TYPE

Urine

COST

$179 – $400

INSURANCE

Depending on insurance coverage. Fully covered by Medicare.

INSTRUCTIONS

Our Recommended Supplements for PCOS
Our Recommended Supplements for PCOS

WHY DO WE DO THIS TEST?

This test evaluates the gut function and indicates microbiome balance, overgrowth, infection, inflammation, parasites and digestive efficacy. Click here for more information.

LOCATION PERFORMED

At home

SPECIMEN TYPE

Stool

COST

$179-$425 depending on insurance coverage.

INSURANCE

Depending on insurance coverage. Fully covered by Medicare.

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS

No probiotics for one week.

VIDEO INSTRUCTIONS

Our Recommended Supplements for PCOS
Our Recommended Supplements for PCOS

WHY DO WE DO THIS TEST?

This test evaluates the full menstrual cycle, female hormones, and adrenal profile.

LOCATION PERFORMED

At home

BLOOD FLUID

Urine

COST

$160-$329

INSURANCE

Depending on insurance coverage. Fully covered by Medicare.

NOTES

Must be off hormones in order to do the testing.
Our Recommended Supplements for PCOS
Our Recommended Supplements for PCOS

WHY DO WE DO THIS TEST?

This test is specifically for a tick-borne illness called “Bartonella”.

LOCATION PERFORMED

In office

BLOOD FLUID

Blood

COST

$260

INSURANCE

No insurance accepted
Our Recommended Supplements for PCOS
Our Recommended Supplements for PCOS

WHY DO WE DO THIS TEST?

This test evaluates the presence of potentially harmful heavy metals stored in the body.  Click here for more information.

LOCATION PERFORMED

At home

SPECIMEN TYPE

Urine

COST

Testing: $79 x2 paid to Doctor’s Data
DMSA: $38 paid to Johnson’s Compounding Pharmacy

INSURANCE

Not covered by Insurance
Our Recommended Supplements for PCOS
Our Recommended Supplements for PCOS

WHY DO WE DO THIS TEST?

This test measures saliva cortisol testing throughout the course of one day and informs us where there might be an adrenal imbalance.

LOCATION PERFORMED

At home

BLOOD FLUID

Saliva

COST

$80

INSURANCE

No insurance coverage

Our Recommended Supplements for PCOS
Our Recommended Supplements for PCOS

WHY DO WE DO THIS TEST?

This test is designed to look at food sensitivities (IgG immune responses). It is available in both a 99 or 184 panel. Click here for more information.

LOCATION PERFORMED

In office

SPECIMEN TYPE

Blood

COST

$129-238

INSURANCE

No insurance accepted