3 Secrets of Inositol
By Physician Amanda Chua
16 Jul 2022
16 Jul 2022
Inositol is a naturally occurring compound found in various types of foods. It plays a vital role in metabolism, fertility, mood regulation, and more!
1. The Inositol – PCOS Connection
Perhaps you have heard of inositol as a recommendation for women with PCOS. There is growing evidence that imbalances in 2 particular forms of inositol, myo-inositol and D-chiro-inositol, causes insulin resistance in PCOS women. Insulin resistance is the underlying cause for PCOS!
Modern research proved that myo-inositol and D-chiro-inositol have positive effects in reducing insulin resistance, improving glucose/insulin ratios and even cholesterol levels!
2. Myo-Inositol May Improves Fertility
There’s emerging evidence supporting the use of Myo-Inositol for the use in PCOS fertility treatments.
Myo-inositol has been shown to:
Improve ovarian function
Improve ovulation frequency
Improve egg and embryo quality
Increase IVF success rates
Reduce the risk of ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome
One study showed that PCOS women who took myo-inositol + folic acid during IVF were 3x more likely to get pregnant!
3. Safety and Side effects
Myo-inositol is considered a safe supplement.
The side effects associated with Myo-inositol supplementation are rare, and usually limited to mild stomach upset in unusually high doses. Also, there is currently no evidence to suggest that Myo-inositol supplements having negative interactions with other supplements or drugs.
If unsure, it is still worth speaking to your doctor before taking any supplements !
In my next article, I will be sharing on how TCM views and manages PCOS, so stay tuned!