Myth: You need tons of supplements to manage PCOS
Fact: While supplements can be helpful in certain situations, you don't need to load up on them unnecessarily!
As a registered dietitian, my preference is always that my patients primarily get their nutrition from a well-balanced diet. I typically only recommend supplements if there is a true deficiency (such as vitamin D) or if there is a research-based benefit to adding it, such as inositol.
After reviewing your current blood work, diet and lifestyle habits and medical history, the next step would be to see if there is anything missing. For example, if you are not getting in enough calcium or iron-rich foods, we might suggest other foods to include in your diet, or recommend supplementation if needed.
What is the best diet for PCOS?
Put simply, the best diet for PCOS isn't restrictive or complicated.
The best diet for PCOS is a well-balanced one that includes lean proteins, complex carbs, colorful fruits and veggies, and healthy fats.
This can be further individualized when meeting with your dietitian for a nutrition visit, since they will be able to assess several key factors before creating a plan with you. These factors can include things like:
- Lifestyle: What's going to work best for your schedule?
- Lab results: Do you have insulin resistance or impaired glucose tolerance? Do we need to consider elevated cholesterol or triglycerides?
- Personal preferences: What do you enjoy eating?
You Deserve Individualized Support
As you can see, there are many benefits to working one-on-one with a registered dietitian nutritionist - particularly if you are looking to optimize your health, manage PCOS symptoms, or increase your chances of a successful pregnancy.
Always turn to your trusted healthcare professionals with questions before checking in with Dr. Google! By doing so, you'll know that you are getting the most reliable, current, accurate information possible as you navigate your PCOS journey.