I’m just gonna put it out there that I’m not a doctor and you should ABSOLUTELY seek a professional's opinion before taking this supplement. I did quite a bit of research and called the company asking a million and one questions before I started taking Glucorein HOP. What I’m about to tell you is based on my own experience, with my own unique symptoms. The company is also not sponsoring me.
SO, now that the disclaimer is out of the way, let’s talk about this supposed “miracle” PCOS supplement. I originally came across it when I was looking for some assistance with hair loss (one of the charming symptoms of PCOS) and NVN Therapeutics' Glucorein HOP kept popping up in my Google search. I went on Amazon and read through all the reviews where people claimed it not only helped them regrow hair, but helped them with insulin resistance and losing weight.
My eyes lit up like a massive fireworks display. These were the two things I (and most women that struggle with PCOS) fight with on a daily basis. I sometimes feel like no matter how strict I am with my diet, exercise, and supplement intake, I cannot find a balance for my insulin or my weight loss.
I ended up ordering one bottle that night and called the company while waiting for it to arrive. I asked about how often people take the supplement, how many should someone take, and if there were any known side effects.
You maybe be wondering, well what the heck is it?
The woman I spoke to was very helpful, but gave me mostly surface answers. She made it out to seem like there is nothing wrong with it, and I could take 9 pills a day rather than the recommended 3 pills since my BMI is higher than “normal.” She said that there weren’t any reported side effects other than it might not work for everyone.
I’ve been taking this for a couple weeks now and these are the side effects I’ve noticed from taking 9 pills a day, or 3 with each meal:
Increased energy (like, the Energizer Bunny). I feel really energized after about 20-30 minutes of taking the supplement and I feel like I can focus a bit more on my work. This is great because my depression can make me a little scatterbrained at times and I forget what I’m working on. My anxiety though...woof. I have to make sure I take these supplements before 6pm, or I feel like my heart is going to explode at night. I don’t know if this is directly caused by the supplement - my anxiety tells me is, but it’s usually a big fat liar. I imagine this is just my already intense anxiety bringing this on, but if I take the supplements too late into the evening I find it hard to sleep.
I haven’t noticed any massive change in my hair growth, but I don’t think I’ll really see anything for a few months. I’m concerned I’m going to grow a beard though. Or a mustache. Oh god.
The biggest change I think is my appetite and blood sugar levels which are the things I was mostly interested in fixing immediately. For the most part I don’t feel like my blood sugar is going to drop and cause me to feel faint all day long. Thankfully, I can go over two hours without having to find a snack at the bottom of my purse. It’s a huge relief in a way, and really lowered a bit of my stress levels. I imagine this will also help me lose weight because I’m not nibbling on something every hour to keep me from passing out.
Saying that, I do notice that if my blood sugar does drop during the day it’s because I haven’t had enough good fats and too many carbohydrates. If I eat just porridge in the morning with some fruit, I know my blood sugar will start to play games with me. If I have eggs, avocado, whole wheat toast and fruit, my body is a little happier. As long as I have a big, healthy meal I’ll be okay.
That being said, my eating schedule is a little strange because it takes me about an hour to drive to work in the morning and I don’t eat lunch until the mid afternoon, so there’s a pretty big gap between meals. I’ve found that if I can eat the carbohydrates first in the morning, then eat something with a lot of protein right before I begin work, I can make it through the day. If I don’t do this I end up having to eat something I don’t want because my blood sugar acts up. This is even with taking the supplement.
As far as helping my depression, anxiety, and mood swings, this hasn’t really helped much. I was hoping it would because I’m trying to find some help with managing PMDD, but ah well. Can’t have a total miracle pill. I’m hoping to write a few updates over the next couple months regarding new changing in my body and how I’m getting on with Glucorein HOP!
Have you tried this supplement? What did you think? If you haven’t, do you have another method to help with hair-loss, insulin resistance, and weight loss?