While I cannot prescribe, I’m acutely aware that oftentimes we want to be pointed in the right direction. As such, I’m listing below different supplements, books, programs, etc. that I either use presently or have used with positive results. Some of these links will be affiliate links. Rest assured that there is no difference in cost to you, it simply allows me to keep this site running.
As always, if you have ANY questions, drop me a line. I’m happy to help.
ButcherBox – Grass-fed beef, heritage pork, pastured chicken, and some of the best bacon on the planet. Your first order usually includes a package of free bacon. Truthfully, I skip the chicken as I can get cheaper per pound locally. But this is very reasonable for the beef and pork.
Thrive Market – I’ve found this to be a pretty good resource. They add new products to their house brand regularly and I’m really excited to try their coffee, which is actually less expensive than my beloved Trader Joe’s organic coffee (Thrive Market coffee is organic as well).
Ebates – Okay, let’s face it: sometimes it feels like changing our habits and adding in supplements and foods to help us get and stay healthier is, well, expensive. Ebates is a FREE cash back service that I use when I purchase from Vitacost. Make sure you use the browser extension – it’ll let you know when you visit a site that participates, and there are LOTS.
Vitacost – In the same vein as Thrive Market, Vitacost is an excellent source for supplements, self-care products, and grocery items. Hint: Ebates offers a 3% rebate for Vitacost purchases.
Supplements I’m Taking Right Now:
*These are supplements that I’ve done a huge amount of research on and take based on that research. This is in no way a prescription that you should do the same. My needs are not the same as yours and where all of these are helpful for managing PCOS, my experience of the syndrome may not (and likely isn’t) the same as yours. Where possible, I’ve provided links to the research that led me to give these supplements a chance.
D-Chiro-Inositol: Chiral Balance gives a pretty good overview of the use of this supplement. From a cost perspective, this is by far the most cost effective source. I’ve been using it for over a year and it has been crucial in my elimination of spironolactone from my management regimen. It specifically keeps cystic acne at bay. This article specifically piqued my interest, though: http://pcosdiva.com/2014/04/uncovering-the-secrets-of-d-chiro-inositol/
Saw Palmetto/Milk Thistle: I was skeptical about this one initially but I’m totally sold. It helps with hirsutism and male pattern hair loss, something I didn’t realize was an issue for me until I started using this. Within 2 weeks of starting it last fall, I had LOADS of new hair growth all over my head, to the point that my hair stylist wanted to know what I was doing. I recently ran out and within a couple weeks my hair was coming out in clumps. And while NOTHING will make hirsutism stop, this slows down growth substantially AND makes it finer when it comes in. I’ll take it.
Vitamin D3: I’ve been deficient for YEARS, so I take it.
Vitamin K2: Here’s the research on this one: https://chrismasterjohnphd.com/2016/12/09/the-ultimate-vitamin-k2-resource/ – the product linked is specified in the article. I just started this one a couple days ago, so this is still in experimental stages. But given the points about sex hormone regulation (important for PCOS) and optimizing insulin usage/production (important for the metabolic issues associated with PCOS), I’m optimistic.
Iodine: This one is for two purposes: the potential remediation of acne, which I still get, (mentioned in the following article) and because my TSH level just tested at 5.32, meaning my body is over producing because it’s not converting. Iodine is the likely culprit as I don’t eat a whole lot of seafood and I use Himalayan salt which isn’t known for its iodine content. You’ll notice the solution I linked to is only 2% instead of the 5% noted in the article. That was accidental but I intended to start slow anyway to keep detox symptoms either non-existent or negligible. As should you if you decide to try this. https://www.livingthenourishedlife.com/iodine-and-acne/
Great Lakes Collagen Hydrosolate: Collagen from grass-fed beef is all the rage in the Paleo/Primal community. While I can’t say it’s done anything for my skin (why I originally started taking it), it has helped my knees. Years of being overweight takes its toll eventually. It’s also a very clean source of protein with 11g per two tablespoons. I like this better than the gelatin because it dissolves in hot or cold liquid and STAYS liquid. The gelatin will make your coffee gel if you let it get cold, which I don’t prefer. You can occasionally get this through Thrive Market for $4 cheaper than Amazon, but they don’t have it consistently and once you add in shipping (if you aren’t spending the $49 to get free shipping), it usually ends up being more cost-effective for me to just get it from Amazon. There are many companies offering grass-fed collagen now but this one continues to be the most approachable financially.
Cookbooks I Use Regularly:
Danielle Walker’s Against All Grain: Meals Made Simple: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, and Paleo Recipes to Make Anytime – 3 words: Homemade Taco Seasoning
Well Fed: Paleo Recipes for People Who Love to Eat – The mayo I make is from this one and the Shepherd’s Pie is TO DIE FOR.
Practical Paleo, 2nd Edition (Updated and Expanded): A Customized Approach to Health and a Whole-Foods Lifestyle – I have the first edition so I know some things have changed, however, this is an EXCELLENT intro to Paleo, especially if you dealing with different medical conditions. And the Lemon & Artichoke Chicken is excellent.
Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans – I make Kahlua Pig every couple of weeks and the slow cooker chicken and gravy is a hands-off favorite. Michelle has gone to the trouble of converting many of her recipes to Instant Pot so if you have one, check out her website.