Inositol or vitamin B8 is found in many fruits, vegetables, and nuts. The body produces it from the carbohydrates we take.
Although they call it so, inositol is not a vitamin, but a type of sugar that has a variety of functions:
- It plays an important part in the structure of cell membranes.
- It is necessary for normal insulin action. Insulin is needed to digest glucose that we take with food. Without it, glucose can not pass from the blood into some tissues (fat, muscle, etc.). Inositol is believed to help optimize blood sugar levels and prevent insulin resistance, which is increasingly common nowadays.
- Promotes the release of some neurotransmitters such as dopamine and serotonin in the brain.
INOSITOL AND POLYCYSTIC OVARIAN SYNDROME
Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) affects about 10% of women worldwide. Symptoms include irregular menstruation, excess weight, insulin resistance, elevated cholesterol.
Very often, women with PCOS have difficulty getting pregnant.
Studies have shown that inositol and folic acid may stimulate ovulation and lower testosterone levels. However, don’t forget that if you have PCOS, optimizing your weight will help you the most.
EFFECTS OF MENTAL HEALTH
Inositol raises serotonin levels in the brain. Therefore, it could be useful as a complementary therapy in people with anxiety or depression.
Inositol has almost no side effects. However, its safety in pregnant and lactating women has not been studied. Despite its incredible potential, inositol is still a supplement and can not replace your prescribed treatment.