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(Originally published on my old blog SECS vs PCOS in March 2012)
I swallow a lot of pills. Or “supplements,” rather. I’m taking what feels like a billion pills each day in hopes that it helps with the PCOS crap. Ok, honestly I’ve been inconsistent with most of them, but I got one of those old people AM/PM pill caddies last night and I filled it up. I made a commitment. I have been pretty conscientious about taking my saw palmetto and B6 and multivitamin– vanity prevails, my skin looked like sh*t and this stuff is supposed to help it. So is selenium but holy crap does it stink. Like seriously I hate opening the bottle. It makes me gag. But I’ve got it in the pill caddy, stink and all, because by golly I want my pretty skin back.
By the way, I do think the saw palmetto is effective for PCOS acne. I used to take spironolactone to reduce my androgens (BEFORE I knew I had PCOS) but I’ve been off of it for several years. It causes crazy birth defects and stuff, I just don’t think that’s a good idea to have floating around in your body somehow. Anyway, try saw palmetto for real, it helps quite a bit. My skin was FREAKING OUT, which really served as an impetus to take my PCOS more seriously.
I know, shallow, but my face looked awful and it HURT. I’ve been taking the saw palmetto for a couple months now, and there is a HUGE difference. I’ve still broken out a bit, but it’s less severe by far. It’s also supposed to help with funky hair growth, aka hirsutism- I haven’t noticed much effect as far as that goes, unfortunately. Ok, you get it, I take saw palmetto.
I also take B6, a multi, selenium, magnesium, calcium & vitamin D, cinnamon with chromium, and red raspberry leaf. I should add fish oil and some other stuff to this regimen, I’m working on it, seriously! I also found out that vinegar is a good complement to cinnamon- cinnamon apparently helps with your fasting blood sugar and vinegar (when EATEN before/during a meal) helps control post-prandial (after eating) blood sugar.
I’m not a huge fan of vinegar, but I’m trying to think of ways to add it to my daily diet. How do you enjoy vinegar? As a salad dressing, taken plain by the spoonful, pickled foods? Ideas are welcome and encouraged! How do you manage your supplement intake? Which supplements do you take and why?
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