What is Inositol?
Inositol can be found in fruits, nuts and beans; can be produced in the body from glucose and also taken as a dietary supplement. Myo-inositol (MI) and D-chiro-inositol (DCI) in particular are known as insulin-sensitising agents and both mediate different actions of insulin. Inositol – as a group of vitamins, minerals and fatty acids – also acts as an antioxidant by reducing the oxidative damage stress by scavenging free radicals that are released in the body as a result of oxidative stress. It is suggested that inositol has a number of health benefits; however it is most commonly used to improve symptoms of PCOS.
May improve symptoms of PCOS
As MI & DCI are known to play a key role in mediating different actions of insulin, they have been proven to improve insulin resistance as well as serum androgen (male hormone) levels and many features of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). Studies show that women with PCOS show altered metabolic parameters and reduced availability of inositol. The inability for PCOS sufferers to metabolise inositol adequately may contribute to insulin resistance and hyperinsulinemia, therefore Inositols can be therapeutic for PCOS as they help to regulate metabolism whilst promoting ovulation as they act as insulin-sensitising and free radical scavengers. MI has also been shown to help known characteristics of PCOS such as menstrual cycles, ovulation and androgen levels, whilst DCI has demonstrated positive effects on insulin resistance and hormonal balance. It has also been shown that combination of MI & DCI as pre‐treatment and as stimulation therapy in IVF reduces insulin resistance, thereby improving ovarian function, oocyte quality, and embryo and pregnancy rates while reducing the amount of gonadotrophin needed during stimulation.
Could help control the risk factors of Metabolic Syndrome
Some studies have found that supplementing with inositol – MI & DCI in particular – may be beneficial to people suffering with metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome is group of conditions that may raise the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes. In one particular study where 80 women with metabolic syndrome took a dose of inositol twice daily for a year, it was found that blood triglyceride levels were reduced by an average of 34% and total cholesterol reduced by 22%.
We suggest taking 2 capsules in the morning and 2 later in the day with food or 2200mg of powder spread out during the day of our Myo & D Chiro Inositol, or as directed by a healthcare practitioner.