Are you taking the wrong supplement in your PCOS diet?

Do you take a calcium supplement? Many women do. It is something that is drilled into us at a young age – the importance of calcium – and it’s role in the health of our bones. Yes…calcium is important.

But guess what mineral is even more important? Magnesium.

Magnesium serves a vital role in hundreds of enzyme based systems (including metabolism). Did you know that magnesium is one of the few minerals most Americans are deficient in? It’s hard to believe that we are actually deficient in anything in this country but it’s sadly true – and rarely tested.

Taking calcium supplements in the absence of sufficient magnesium is actually doing your body more harm than good!

I often use magnesium with my clients to address many hormone based issues. PMS, insulin resistance, sleep, and mood issues can often be traced to a lack of magnesium. Magnesium is an important part of any PCOS diet.

When you have PMS and would cut off your right arm for something chocolate…guess what? Your body is craving magnesium (that’s part of the reason…it is also craving serotonin and a slew of other things that chocolate provides). Magnesium helps to reduces PMS in all women, and the insomnia and another issues than often accompany PCOS. 

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A handful of raw, organic almonds (high in magnesium) are an important part of any PCOS diet, and  might help to minimize or stave off that craving before you eat the entire bar/box/carton of something that will make you feel worse the next day.

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