Inositol (commonly referred to as vitamin B8) is a naturally occurring carbohydrate found in every cell in the body.
This substance appears with several different structures throughout the body, and all are similar to glucose, which is a type of sugar found in our blood.
Because of its abundance in all living cells, inositol has been widely studied and found to support the control of blood sugar levels by increasing insulin sensitivity.
Reduced insulin sensitivity happens when your body has difficulty responding to insulin, which naturally regulates blood sugar levels in the blood and is linked to metabolic syndrome, which increases your risk of heart disease, type II diabetes, and stroke.
How Does Inositol Affect Blood Sugar Levels?
Inositol has long been known to improve the function of insulin in our cells by acting as a secondary substance that mimics certain insulin functions on metabolic enzymes.(1) This means that inositol helps the cells in your body remain sensitive to insulin by reminding them of its function, therefore diminishing insulin resistance.
A study published in 2011, treated 80 women participants who suffer from metabolic syndrome, with a treatment of daily Myo-inositol dietary supplements. After six months, the participants showed significant signs of improved blood pressure levels, HOMA index, cholesterol, and triglyceride serum levels, as compared to other groups given placebos and diet plans only.(2)
Some other studies that have investigated the role of inositol in women with gestational diabetes have produced similar results of increased insulin sensitivity and control over blood sugar levels.(3)
In women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), studies have shown that inositol has the same insulin-sensitivity producing effect, which in turn helps to control their blood sugar levels and improve their quality of life.(4)
There is still much that we don’t know about how inositol works in conjunction with insulin to control blood sugar levels. More research is needed to confirm what we do consider to be accurate, according to the studies that are available today.
So far, what we do know is that insulin has a part in improving our cells’ sensitivity to insulin and can improve conditions for those who suffer from metabolic syndrome, women with gestational diabetes, and women with PCOS.
How Does Inositol Affect Fertility?
Women with PCOS produce unusually high quantities of different hormones. These high levels can cause a greater risk for the development of various diseases as well as problems with fertility.
One of the causes of diminished fertility in women with PCOS is insulin sensitivity. Because inositol has been proven to increase insulin sensitivity, it has been considered as a possible treatment for the condition. (5)
The majority of these studies utilize doses of only two to four grams per day, which has been shown to produce desired results in women of average weight, over-weight, and obese.
Finally, it has also been found that inositol supplements possibly contribute to the regulation of the menstrual cycle, ovulation, and pregnancy weights—especially in those with PCOS.
Are There Other Health Benefits of Inositol?
Besides the regulation of blood sugar levels and the increase in fertility, some studies have shown it to diminish symptoms of depression and anxiety—though more research is needed to confirm this.
A 2001 study found that taking a daily inositol supplement helped to reduce the number of panic attacks that people with panic disorders suffer.(8)
Similarly, other research has also found that a daily supplement of inositol may improve symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder.(9)
Because inositol affects certain neurotransmitters in the brain, researchers have considered it as a possible way of managing depression.
Another study showed that taking daily supplements of inositol can significantly diminish depression symptoms as compared to a placebo.(10)
Inositol in Mellow Mood
Have you or someone you know ever struggled with issues like chronic fatigue, feeling depressed, difficulty losing weight, trouble getting to sleep, or PMS or even all of these issues? Are you sick and tired of being sold synthetic medications and artificial remedies that are often only temporary and only address the symptoms but not the root cause?
Here at Biowarrior, we want to help you conquer these symptoms and take back your life and your health, naturally. We believe that natural is best.
That’s why we take a naturopathic approach to diet and lifestyle. We encourage our community to educate themselves, take action, and stay consistent.
We develop all of our products with a straightforward principle behind them: natural is best. We rely on science to confirm our instincts to avoid overly-processed and synthetic ingredients.
Our Mellow Mood neurotransmitter and hormone support formula incorporate inositol primarily for its role in controlling blood sugar levels and improving fertility.
Other ingredients in this formula include magnesium, l-theanine, and Gamma-Aminobutyric acid (GABA).
Magnesium helps your body to regulate the stress-response system and the hormones that control stress. It helps to calm the body and nerves, improve mood, and reduce premenstrual symptoms.
An amino acid, L-theanine, helps to improve sleep quality, lessen PMS and mental clarity, and support the immune system.
GABA is also an amino acid found naturally in the brain that operates as a messenger that controls brain activity. Low levels of this substance can affect one’s ability to feel calm and relaxed.
With all of these beautiful natural ingredients, Mellow Mood will have you back to feeling yourself in no time! It is the perfect formula for better sleep, reducing anxiety, lowering stress, and balancing blood sugar and hormones.