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Is S’moo For You? A PCOS Dietitian’s Honest Review

Have you seen the ads for the popular PCOS supplement S’moo? If you’re wondering if this is something you should try, you’ll want to read this first. 

As a registered dietitian, I get asked about supplements for PCOS all the time. In this blog post, I’m going to break down what’s in the S’moo Ovary Good supplement, what it may be able to do for you, and I’ll give you my honest and unbiased review of this supplement. 

Ready? Buckle up, it’s kind of a long one! 

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What Is S’moo Ovary Good/Hormone Balancing Powder?

Ovary Good Hormone Balance Powder is made by the company, S’moo. S’moo’s owner, Karagan describes her struggles with PCOS and how the blend of supplements in this product helped her PCOS symptoms, but she was taking twelve pills per day to get it all in. She ultimately created this powder so she could mix it into a smoothie

The product is available in powder or capsule form now. If you’re taking the powder, you simply mix one scoop into a beverage, smoothie, or your favorite food each day. If you’re taking the capsules, you’ll take 5 capsules daily. 

Health Claims of S’moo Ovary Good

The company claims that S’moo Ovary Good benefits may include:

  • Hormone balance
  • Improved energy and mood
  • Weight management
  • Skin and hair health
  • Improved fertility
  • Regulated menstrual cycles
  • Reduced stress levels
  • Better sleep

Ok, now let’s get down to what’s actually in this PCOS supplement.

S’moo Ovary Good Supplement Facts

Here’s what’s inside the S’moo Ovary Good Hormone Balance Powder:

1. Myo-inositol 2,000 mg 

Inositol is the most well-studied supplement for PCOS. Myo-inositol is a type of inositol and has some really impressive research to back up its use. 

You may be familiar with the prescription medication Metformin. Clinical studies continue to show that inositol performs just as well as Metformin, and sometimes better. A recent study even found that 2,000 mg of myo-inositol daily improved insulin sensitivity better than Metformin (1).

For PCOS, inositol can help to:

  • Lower insulin resistance by reducing glucose levels (aka blood sugar levels) and insulin levels
  • Lower body weight and BMI
  • Reduce carbohydrate cravings
  • Decrease cholesterol levels
  • Lower testosterone levels
  • Regulate menstrual cycles and ovulation
  • Improve egg quality and IVF outcomes
  • Decrease the risk of gestational diabetes
  • Improve thyroid function

Pretty cool, right? 

S’moo’s Ovary Good Hormone Balancing Powder contains 2,000 mg of myo-inositol, which does have some good research to support it. I generally recommend a combination of myo-inositol plus d-chiro inositol if you’re going to take an inositol supplement because research finds that this combination performs better than myo-inositol alone

That doesn’t mean that myo-inositol alone doesn’t work though. It just may be something to keep in mind. That said, the recommended dosage for myo-inositol is 2,000 to 4,000 mg per day. The S’moo Ovary Good powder does fall within the lower end of this recommended range.

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2. Magnesium Citrate 400 mg

Magnesium is an essential mineral that plays a huge role in our overall health. For some reason that isn’t well understood yet, women with PCOS tend to have lower levels of magnesium too.

In terms of magnesium’s benefits for those with PCOS, it can:

S’moo Ovary Good Powder contains 400 mg of magnesium citrate. This form of magnesium is absorbed well by the body. The dose also falls right in the middle of the typical dosage that has been used in most research studies. 

Note: S’moo Ovary Good capsules only contain 100 mg of magnesium citrate.

Something to be aware of though is that magnesium citrate can have a laxative effect for some individuals. It can cause bloating, abdominal discomfort, and diarrhea. If you struggle with constipation at baseline, this may be a good form of magnesium for you to take. But if you’re in the 20% of women with PCOS who also suffer from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), you may want to consider a different form of magnesium, such as magnesium glycinate (2). 

Additionally, magnesium has the nice benefit of helping you relax and sleep well. Considering there’s a good amount of magnesium in the S’moo Ovary Good powder, it may be better to take this at nighttime to take advantage of these potential benefits. 

3. N-acetylcysteine 300-422 mg

N-acetylcysteine (NAC) is a powerful antioxidant and amino acid found in foods. High protein foods like poultry, beef, cheese, yogurt, and eggs tend to have the highest concentrations of NAC. 

When it comes to PCOS symptoms, NAC can help:

  • Reduce body weight and BMI
  • Lower fasting glucose and insulin levels
  • Decrease inflammation
  • Reduce testosterone levels
  • Lower cholesterol levels
  • Increase pregnancy and ovulation rates

There have even been studies that compare NAC to Metformin in those with PCOS. In fact, in one study, NAC actually performed better than Metformin for lowering glucose, insulin, and cholesterol levels (3). It’s important to note though that this study used a dose of 1800 mg NAC daily, which is a much higher dose than what’s found in S’moo Ovary Good hormone balancing powder. 

Depending on which you choose, S’moo Ovary Good hormone balancing powder and capsules contain between 300 mg to 422 mg of NAC per serving. The recommended dosage of NAC is 1,600 to 3,000 mg daily, in divided doses of 500-600 mg at a time. It’s also best to take NAC on an empty stomach to increase absorption. 

The NAC dosage in S’moo Ovary Good is significantly lower than the recommended dosage range, which may make it ineffective. 

4. Vitamin D3 2000 IU

Something you may or may not know about vitamin D is that it’s actually a hormone, and it plays an important role in many aspects of our overall health. Perhaps unsurprisingly, up to 85% of those with PCOS also have a vitamin D deficiency (4). 

Research has shown that having adequate levels of vitamin D can:

  • Promote regular menstrual cycles
  • Increase ovulation rates and the amount of mature follicles (5)
  • Lower AMH (Anti-Mullerian hormone) levels
  • Decrease glucose and insulin levels
  • Lower inflammation
  • Decrease testosterone levels

S’moo Ovary Good contains 2,000 IU (international units) of vitamin D3, which is a well-absorbed form of vitamin D. This is a good baseline dose of vitamin D that many people with PCOS can benefit from, however, it may not be enough if you’re deficient. Your doctor can screen you for vitamin D deficiency using a simple blood test and can recommend an appropriate amount of vitamin D supplementation if you are deficient.  

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5. Ashwagandha 422 mg

Ashwagandha is an ancient herb and adaptogen that’s commonly known for its ability to enhance the body’s stress resilience and improve the immune system. To date, there haven’t been any peer-reviewed research studies done on ashwagandha and those with PCOS. There is research on ashwagandha and specific symptoms that are common in PCOS, which I’ll outline below. 

Potential benefits of ashwagandha: 

  • Reduced stress and anxiety levels
  • Lower cortisol levels
  • Improved sleep quality
  • Decreases glucose, hemoglobin A1c, and insulin levels (6)
  • Lower cholesterol levels
  • Lower inflammation
  • Improved thyroid function in hypothyroidism (improved TSH, T3, and T4 levels) (7)

While all of these sound like great benefits, I have some hesitation when it comes to ashwagandha for PCOS. Let me explain why. 

First, ashwagandha has been shown to improve thyroid function in those with hypothyroidism during short term studies. Considering the fact that hypothyroidism occurs at a 3x higher rate in those with PCOS, there’s potential here (8). My hesitation is that there have been several case reports of individuals developing a serious health condition called thyrotoxicosis after self-prescribing ashwagandha to themselves (9, 10, 11, 12). 

Ashwagandha has also been well-studied for its ability to raise testosterone levels in males. There have been few studies that have looked at its effect on female testosterone levels. Researchers have theorized that ashwagandha may increase testosterone levels in women, but this hasn’t been proven yet. One small study of 60 adult men and women found that testosterone increased in men but not women (13). Another small study found that ashwagandha didn’t alter testosterone levels in 100 women (14). While these results are promising that ashwagandha may not alter testosterone levels in women, there needs to be larger scale studies done in women, particularly women with PCOS. 

6. Chromium Picolinate 200 mcg

Chromium is an essential trace mineral that’s naturally found in foods like ham, grape juice, and whole grains

When it comes to PCOS, chromium may help to: 

  • Lower fasting glucose and insulin levels
  • Reduce testosterone levels
  • Decrease body weight and BMI
  • Regulate menstrual cycles
  • Improve ovulation and fertility rates
  • Lower inflammatory markers

It’s important to note that while some research studies found positive benefits, others did not find any significant benefits for chromium supplements. In fact, a 2018 systematic review found that chromium supplementation had little benefits on weight loss, glucose control, and hormonal disturbances in women with PCOS. Another 2018 meta-analysis also found that chromium didn’t have a significant impact or benefit for those with PCOS. 

Additionally, some studies that did find benefits to chromium supplementation used significantly higher doses of chromium picolinate, such as 1000 mcg daily (15, 16).

That’s not to say that the 200 mcg of chromium picolinate in the S’moo Ovary Good supplement is worthless. One clinical study compared 200 mcg of chromium picolinate daily to 1000 mg of Metformin daily in women with PCOS. It found that chromium picolinate supplementation worked similarly to Metformin with less side effects reported (17). Another study compared 200 mcg of chromium picolinate to 1500 mg of Metformin daily. It found that chromium decreased fasting blood sugar and insulin levels similarly to Metformin, however, Metformin decreased androgen levels significantly better (18).

Chromium picolinate may have some benefits for those with PCOS, although more research is definitely needed. Additionally, the recommended dosage to see benefits may be significantly higher than the amount found in the S’moo Ovary Good hormone balance powder. 

7. Zinc Gluconate 30 mg

Zinc is another trace mineral that also functions as an antioxidant in our bodies. There has been some research to suggest that women with PCOS may be at a higher risk of also having a zinc deficiency, or may need higher amounts of zinc. 

For PCOS symptoms, zinc may help: 

  • Lower insulin resistance 
  • Reduce inflammation and oxidative stress
  • Decrease cholesterol levels
  • Reduce symptoms of high androgen levels like hirsutism (aka excess facial hair or body hair), hair loss, and acne (19)
  • Promote regular ovulation 
  • Improve fertility and egg quality

S’moo Ovary Good hormone balance powder contains 30 mg of zinc gluconate. This form of zinc is well absorbed by the body. It also falls within the lower end of the typical recommended dosage range for zinc of 30 to 60 mg per day. Most research studies that examine the effects of zinc supplements on PCOS used 50 mg zinc per day…but it’s important to note that these studies were all done for a short period of time rather than long-term. 

The Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for zinc is 8 mg for women. For pregnancy and breastfeeding, it increases to 11 to 12 mg of zinc per day. It’s pretty difficult to get too much zinc from food, however, it is very possible to get too much from supplements, especially when they’re taken long-term. 

Taking high doses of zinc for a long period of time can cause a copper deficiency, weakened immune system, and digestive problems like nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

Since the S’moo Ovary Good hormone balance powder already contains a high dose of zinc, you may want to also look for zinc overlap in other supplements you may be taking, such as a multivitamin or prenatal vitamin

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9. Other Ingredients

Depending upon which flavor of the S’moo Ovary Good hormone balance powder you’re choosing, or whether you’re choosing the capsule form, the remaining ingredients vary. Additional ingredients may include coconut oil powder, MCT oil powder, brown rice protein, natural flavors, stevia, and/or xanthan gum.

Pros of S’moo Ovary Good

1. Third Party Tested. The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) does not regulate or approve of any dietary supplements, their ingredients, labeling, or health claims. It’s not unheard of for a supplement company to not actually contain the ingredients that are listed on their label. For this reason, I always recommend looking for dietary supplements that undergo third party testing to ensure quality and purity. The good news here is that S’moo does undergo third party testing so you can rest assured that what’s listed on the label is what you’re actually getting. 

2. Uses Good Nutrient Forms. The S’moo Ovary Good hormone balance powder does contain forms of nutrients that are well absorbed by the body. 

3. Potential One-And-Done Purchase. If you need all of the nutrients that are in this supplement, it could be a cost-effective, one-and-done supplement purchase for you. 

4. Different Forms Available. S’moo Ovary Good comes in both a powder form or capsule form. If you opt for the powder form, you have your choice of an unflavored option or multiple different flavor options to choose from. 

5. Vegetarian Friendly. These supplements are suitable for those who follow a plant-based diet.

6. Customer Service. Their customer service is extremely responsive and helpful in answering questions. I reached out to them to confirm their manufacturing processes and was assisted promptly and with thorough responses. 

Cons of S’moo Ovary Good

1. Possibly Unnecessary. While the marketing that S’moo uses seems to make this product appeal to everyone with PCOS, you may not need all of these nutrients in the doses that are being provided. Everyone’s unique needs are different and those with PCOS are not any different. There isn’t one standard supplement that everyone with PCOS should be taking or needs to take. A personalized approach is truly what’s necessary. 

2. Potentially Inappropriate Dosage. While the nutrients used in this supplement provide a nice safety blanket to “cover” many of your PCOS symptoms, the doses provided may not be ideal for you and your unique needs. For example, the myo-inositol dosage may only be half of what’s going to benefit you. Or, if you have a severe vitamin D deficiency, the 2000 IU of vitamin D3 likely isn’t adequate to get your vitamin D levels to a therapeutic level.

3. Cost. A 30 day supply of this supplement will run you about $54.99. You can get a discounted rate of $46.74 for a 30 day supply if you subscribe for automatic delivery. If you do need all of the nutrients in this supplement, this may not actually be a con though, since it may be a more affordable option than purchasing all of them separately.  

4. May Cause Digestive Issues. While all of the forms of nutrients are well absorbed, some forms and doses may cause digestive issues. A common side effect of magnesium citrate is digestive upset and diarrhea. Additionally, high doses of zinc can often cause nausea.  

5. Five Capsule Serving Size. If you opt for the capsule option, it will require you to take 5 capsules. This may not be a con for you, but something to be aware of. 

6. Not Pregnancy Safe. This is not recommended for those who are pregnant or breastfeeding.

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Should I Take S’moo Ovary Good?

I wish there were a clear cut answer here, but there isn’t. The best approach to managing your PCOS symptoms is to find what’s best for you. PCOS presents in different ways for different people. Trust me, I know that sounds so much easier said than done. 

Whether or not this is the best supplement choice for you will depend on:

If you’ve determined that the nutrients and doses in this supplement are right for you, then this may be a great option for you. It does appear to have high quality ingredients, multiple ways to take it, and third party testing as well.

As always, it’s important to consult with your healthcare provider before starting any dietary supplements to ensure they’re a right fit for you. 

The Bottom Line

S’moo Ovary Good is a supplement marketed towards individuals with PCOS. It’s available in both a powder form and capsules. It contains a blend of myo-inositol, magnesium, NAC, vitamin D, ashwagandha, chromium, and zinc. These supplements undergo voluntary third party testing to ensure quality and purity. 

The nutrients used in S’moo Ovary Good supplements are carefully chosen and are well absorbed by the body. Some nutrients may be provided in suboptimal amounts depending on your unique needs. Whether or not you need, or will benefit from, all of the nutrients in this supplement will vary by individual. There is not one particular supplement that everyone with PCOS should take or needs to take. 

Supplements will never replace good dietary habits and lifestyle modifications for PCOS, but they can help your efforts. Always talk to your healthcare provider before starting any new dietary supplements to ensure it’s a good choice for you. 

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Disclaimer: this is for informational purposes only. The purpose is not to substitute for or replace professional medical advice for polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) or any other medical condition. Always talk to your healthcare provider before making changes to medication or supplement regimen.

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