Inositol is a vitamin-like complex that may sometimes be referred to as vitamin B8 . This nutrient is naturally found in foods such as nuts, beans, wheat, and cantaloupe, and it is not common to have an inositol deficiency.
It functions mainly to regulate certain chemical levels in the body, and therefore serves primarily in disorders caused by imbalances in hormones, neurotransmitters, etc.
Research has found inositol to be effective in improving fertility and other symptoms like weight gain for women with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS).
Evidence has also shown that inositol can help prevent and improve symptoms of metabolic syndrome, including heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure. Studies have also found that inositol supplementation can help relieve the symptoms of diabetic neuropathy.
Due to its interactions with neurotransmitters, inositol has also been shown to improve cases of depression and anxiety. While not scientifically supported, preliminary research also shows potential for inositol to improve symptoms of bipolar disorder as well.
Improves fertility in women and relieves symptoms of PCOS
Reduces symptoms of metabolic syndrome such as obesity and high blood pressure
Improves cognitive disorders such as depression and anxiety
May reduce symptoms of bipolar disorder
May improve insulin sensitivity
Things To Know About Inositol
Inositol Is Also Known As
Things To Note About Inositol
Use of inositol for cognitive disorders requires high doses of the supplement
Inositol has several isomers, but if not specifically indicated, then a supplement package is usually referring to myo-inositol
Large amounts of inositol from food sources (phytate) reduces calcium, zinc, and iron absorption, whereas taking inositol in the form of a supplement will not cause this
Woman who are pregnant should consult a physician before use, as inositol may potentially cause uterine contractions
How To Take Inositol
Recommended Inositol Dosage, Active Amounts, Other Details
Further research must be conducted to determine a standard dose for inositol, but below are the listed doses that studies have used for various treatments with inositol:
Depression: 12-18g daily
Anxiety: 4-6g taken three times per day (12-18g daily)
Metabolic Syndrome: 2g taken twice per day (4g daily)
PCOS: 100mg (0.1g) taken twice per day (200mg daily)
**If using a soft gel form of the supplement rather than powder, only 30% of the suggested dose is needed**
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