Inositol has many important roles in the body. It helps cells, hormones, neurotransmitters and growth factors all talk to each other. It’s also important for the water/electrolyte balance between the inside and outside of cells. Functions like insulin communication, cell membrane production, breakdown of fats and gene expression all rely on having enough inositol in the body.
These roles allow inositol to be effective for the treatment of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). It works by improving insulin sensitivity which in turn improves ovarian function and reduces excess androgens. This also gives support to reducing metabolic disease symptoms, rebalancing the menstrual cycle, and improving oocyte quality. In this way inositol has the potential to improve fertility outcomes.
MEDICINAL INGREDIENT – EACH TABLESPOON CONTAINS:
Inositol (Myo-Inositol) 9 g
RECOMMENDED DOSE – (ORAL) ADULTS ONLY:
Take 1 levelled tablespoon (9 g) 1 to 2 times per day, mixed into water or juice.
DURATION OF USE: Consult a health care practitioner for use beyond duration of 3 weeks.
Discontinue use and consult a health care practitioner if you experience nausea, fatigue, headache, dizziness, abdominal pain, flatulence or soft stools occur. Consult a health care practitioner if you have bipolar disorder, or are taking St. John’s Wort or minerals. Do not use if you are pregnant or breastfeeding; are using Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs); or have calcium, iron or zinc deficiency.
Q: What exactly is inositol?
A: Inositol used to be classified as a member of the B vitamin family, but because we make some of it and therefore is not-essential, it has been re-classified. Technically, it’s a type of sugar alcohol, similar in structure to something like xylitol (which is why the powder tastes a little bit sweet).
Q: What makes it myo-inositol and how is it different?
A: Myo-inositol is an isomer of inositol. Isomers all have the same molecular structure, but have different bends and shapes to their bond angles. In the myo-inositol form, the body can determine what shape it prefers and change it as it needs.
Q: What can I add to my diet to increase my intake of inositol and the raw materials I need to make it?
A: Inositol its components are found in many foods, particularly fruit like cantaloupe and oranges. The phosphates that are required for it to function are found in beans, grains, and nuts – though for us to absorb them they need to be properly soaked, sprouted, fermented or cooked.
Q: Do we need to get all our inositol from our diet and supplements, or do we make some too?
A: We make inositol naturally from glucose. We make more of it in places like kidneys, testicles and the brain, where we use it the most.
Q: Is inositol safe to take?
A: Inositol is quite safe. It’s gained so much importance in the management of PCOS due to its efficacy, safety, and availability.
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