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Inositol; What is it & will it help me?

What is inositol?

Inositol is a carbohydrate that is commonly found in plant and animal tissues. It is structurally similar to glucose and is sometimes referred to as a "B-vitamin-like" substance, although it is not considered an essential vitamin. Inositol has several physiological functions, including regulation of intracellular calcium levels and involvement in insulin signaling. It is also found in high concentrations in certain brain regions and is being studied for potential benefits in mood and mental health disorders.

Inositol and its benefits associated with brain function.

Inositol is being studied for its potential to improve brain function in several ways. Here are some examples:

1. Mood regulation: Studies suggest that low levels of inositol in the brain are associated with depression and other mood disorders and that supplementing with inositol may improve symptoms.

2. Anxiety reduction: Some research suggests that inositol may have anxiolytic effects and may help reduce symptoms of anxiety disorders.

3. Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD): Inositol has been studied as a potential treatment for OCD, with some studies suggesting it may help reduce the severity of symptoms.

4. Panic disorder: Some preliminary studies suggest that inositol may help reduce symptoms of panic disorder

The recent research on using inositol concerning PCOS sufferers.

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a hormonal disorder that affects the ovaries and reproductive system. The exact cause of PCOS is unknown, but it is believed to be related to insulin resistance and elevated levels of androgens.

The mechanism of action of inositol in assisting with PCOS is believed to involve its role in regulating insulin sensitivity as mentioned above. Inositol has been shown to improve insulin sensitivity and glucose metabolism in PCOS, which may help reduce the symptoms of the condition. Additionally, inositol may help reduce the levels of androgens in the body, which is also thought to be a factor in the development of PCOS.

Dosages of inositol.

The recommended dosages of inositol can vary depending on your needs and the condition being treated. It is important to note that inositol is a substance that is naturally present in the body and can also be obtained through a balanced diet, so it is generally considered safe even at high doses.

Here are some general guidelines for inositol supplementation:

1. Mood and mental health disorders: The most common dose used in studies is 18-20 grams per day, but it is recommended to start with a lower dose of around 500-2,000 milligrams and gradually increase it to minimize any potential side effects.

2. Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS): For PCOS, the most commonly used dose is 2 grams of inositol twice a day, although some studies have used doses of up to 4 grams per day.

3. Other conditions: For other conditions such as panic disorder or obsessive-compulsive disorder, the recommended doses may vary based on individual needs and the specifics of the condition.

Have you used inositol before? Did you find any benefits?

As always, this information on my website is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your healthcare professional. The information provided here is not a substitute for medical advice and should not be used as such. If you have any questions or concerns about your health, please speak with your Naturopath/GP/other healthcare professionals. Do not start, stop, or change any medication or treatment without first speaking with your healthcare provider.


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