Taking Inositol for PCOS: What You Should Know
If you have PCOS, or are currently trying to conceive... you may have heard of a vitamin called Inositol. Whether you have heard of it or not, we promise it is worth learning about. Inositol in PCOS management is one of the most powerful vitamins when it comes to natural symptom management and fertility.
First, what is Inositol?
Inositol is a sugar that is found in food like cantaloupe, citrus fruits, beans, brown rice, sesame seeds and wheat bran. It’s produced naturally in our bodies, in animals and it can be made synthetically. Inositol is commonly known as;
Inositol hexaphosphate (IP6)
Inositol plays a critical role in cell growth which is why it's no surprise that the benefits of Inositol are incredible. In this article, we'll be diving into the health benefits of Inositol so you can best decide if it's for you!
Benefits of Taking Inositol for PCOS
Inositol plays an crucial role in cell growth and function which is why this substance may have a number of health benefits including:
Relieving symptoms of PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome)
Improving fertility and egg quality
Reducing symptoms of depression, anxiety and panic disorder
Helping the body regulate insulin
Lowering risk of Metabolic syndrome
These are just some of the benefits with evidence backed studies, but there are even more benefits that Inositol has been said to have.
Inositol for PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome)
You may be wondering, what is Inositol actually used for? Inositol is commonly recommended across alternative health care providers for PCOS, ADHD, PTSD, Metabolic syndrome and more. But let's dive more into how Inositol may be able to help with PCOS management.
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is commonly associated to insulin resistance. With Insulin Resistance, comes many side effects such as abnormal menstrual cycles, and an increase in BMI (Body Mass Index). Inositol has been studied for its potential to improve the body’s sensitivity to insulin (reducing insulin resistance) and has shown to be as effective as Metformin, the common medicine to treat type 2 diabetes.
Why is Insulin Resistance so important? Insulin resistance could increase androgens due to high insulin levels in the bloodstream which many PCOS symptoms can be traced back to an excess of Androgens. Some PCOS symptoms associated with higher androgens are:
Hirsutism (Unwanted Hair Growth)
Hormonal & Cystic Acne
Anovulation (Absence of Ovulation)
Which is why you’ll find Inositol in S’moo because it helps women with PCOS by balancing their hormones back to optimal levels, restoring proper ovary function, improving egg quality and regulating the menstrual cycle.
How Much Inositol Should You Take for PCOS Support?
The standard recommended dose of Inositol is 2000mg but can go up to 4000mg. It is always best to discuss your dosage with your health care provider so they can understand your history and how Inositol health benefits can play into your goals.
Does Inositol Make You Ovulate?
Inositol has been shown to promote ovulation and healthy egg quality in women with PCOS as well as regulate menstrual cycles.
Is Inositol only found in dietary supplements?
Inositol is found in foods, however getting enough Inositol through food is difficult when taking Inositol to treat PCOS.
With that said, you can always add more Inositol to your diet by eating foods that contain Inositol. Here are some examples of foods you can add into your diet:
Meat: Organ Meat
Fruits: Grapefruits, Oranges, Cantaloupes
Dry Goods: Brown Rice, Beans, Whole Wheat
Nut Butters: Peanut Butter, Almond Butter
Nuts: Almonds, Walnuts
How long does it take for Inositol to work?
Generally, it has been shown that Inositol can take at least three months of regular supplementation to notice results. We recommend being as consistent as possible with your supplementation.
Where do I find Inositol Supplements?
You can find Inositol in a full dose of 2000mg in our best selling hormone balance powder for PCOS, Ovary Good. However, you can find Inositol supplements at your local health food store or on Amazon as well.
Inositol supplements can be a great addition to your PCOS journey to help manage PCOS naturally and as an alternative to Metformin. Inositol may also be able to help promote improved fertility and egg quality in women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. Remember, to discuss any new supplements with your doctor prior to use.
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