INOSITOL - the lesser known B8 Vitamin
Inositol is classified as a B-vitamin, it is a nutrient the occurs naturally in whole grains, beans, nuts, and fruits.
It is also produced in the human body and can be synthetically made. Humans make inositol and it is also available as a dietary supplement (Inositol can be synthesized in the lab from glucose). There are 2 main forms of Inositol : (There are nine types of inositol)
Myo-inositol and D-chiro-inositol.
The foods that contain inositol include: cantaloupe, citrus fruits, beans, bananas, kiwi, peaches, pears, cabbage, tomatoes, pumpkin, bell peppers, potatoes, carrots, whole grains, lecithin (from sunflower seeds, soy, eggs), and fish.
How does it work?
Inositol works by helping the body use insulin, which is made by the pancreas then enters the bloodstream. Insulin is critical for our cells to take in glucose (sugar) and produce energy.
After a meal, the body breaks down glucose in the bloodstream. Increasing glucose in your blood tells your pancreas to make insulin. For insulin to work, it has to bind to the insulin receptor on the surface of the cell. When insulin binds to its receptor, it “unlocks” and releases secondary messengers. These secondary messengers tell the cell it is time to take in glucose from the blood.
So the nutrient, functions as a secondary messenger. Basically, they help the cell take in glucose from the blood. It is a messenger for serotonin and dopamine, these are neurotransmitters that send signals from the brain to other systems in the body. Low levels of inositol disrupt this signaling, maybe a factor in mood disorders and issues with mental health.
Inositol and Female Fertility
Inositol may also have fertility benefits for women, ample studies show that inositol normalizes menstrual cycles and helps restore ovulation.
Inositol benefits people with type 2 diabetes because of its effects on insulin signaling.
Inositol and PCOS
Inositol is an important supplement for women with PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome).
Inositol can help address issues like failure to ovulate, high blood pressure levels, high triglyceride levels and high testosterone levels.
Myo-inositol can also help with promoting fertility and helping restore insulin sensitivity.
Inositol decreases testosterone levels and promotes regular menstruation and ovulation in women with PCOS.
There are various inositol doses that have been studied in scientific research. Dosage of inositol taken should be carefully considered with the condition for which it is needed. It's highly recommended to consult a health practitioner first before taking inositol and follow recommended dosages stated on the label of the supplement.
Side Effects : Inositol can lead to side effects like nausea, tiredness, headaches and dizziness. Pregnant and breastfeeding women should carefully consider taking inositol because not enough is known about its usage and safety for these conditions.
Mental Health helper
Inositol can be used for relieveing mental health issues like depression etc. Orthomolecular Psychiatrists recommend nutritional supplements like inositol, tryptophan and omega-3 fats for bipolar disorder. Inositol may also assist with balancing chemicals in the body and help those diagnosed with mental health conditions like panic disorder, depression, schizophrenia and OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder).
Inositol shows some promise for controlling panic attacks and also the fear of public places or open spaces (agoraphobia). One study found that inositol is as effective as a prescription medication. It is worth noting, that Dr. Abram Hoffer had much success with similar patients, using Inositol Hexanicotinate ( Niacin - B3)
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).
There is some research that shows that people with OCD who receive inositol orally for 2-3 months experience improvement.
If you suffer from the conditions that Inositol may be effective with, start talking to your health care professional first, do your research and consider our Inositol range of supplements.