Health & Nutrition

Natural Sources of Inositol

Natural sourcees of insoitol by Lovneet batra

Inositol is a carbolic sugar which is made by the body itself and plays a structural role in the body by being a major component of the cell membranes. It affects the action of insulin, essential for blood sugar control and influences chemical messengers in the brain, such as serotonin and dopamine. This is why it is linked with being part of alternate therapies to treat anxiety, panic, depression and other compulsive behavioural disorders. It is also known to work on managing PCOS, preventing diabetes during pregnancy, and metabolic syndrome.

How does inositol work?

There are two main forms of inositol used in supplements, namely myo-inositol (MYO) and D-chiro-inositol (DCI). Combination of the two is used to treat the above mentioned health issues. Myo-inositol or a combination with D-chiro-inositol, works as an effective  dietary supplement for promoting female fertility, restoring insulin sensitivity in type II diabetes and for reducing anxiety. It is also used to restore spontaneous ovarian activity and consequently fertility in most women suffering from  PCOS. It also helps clear up polycystic acne, reduces blood insulin ratios and regulates blood pressure.

Natural sources

Because Inositol is synthesized from glucose by the bacteria within our intestines, it is not officially recognized as a vitamin. And while it is synthesized in the body we do need external sources, especially if we have PCOS, diabetes type 2, panic disorders anxiety, metabolic disorder, bulimia amongst other behavioral disorders. To have enough inositol, make sure you have fresh sources of the following foods. Canned or preserved foods have reduced amounts.

Organic, Grass-fed Meat - Inositol is also found in organic, grass-fed sources of meat and eggs. If the meat sources are raised on steroids and antibiotics, they can do more harm than good.

Fresh, Organic Fruits - Fruit sources of inositol include oranges, peaches, and pears. Potassium-rich fruits like bananas are also considered as foods high in inositol. Whole, unrefined grains are jam packed with inositol.

Legumes - Legumes and sprouts are also considered as foods high in inositol.

Fresh, Organic Vegetables - Having more vegetables like bell peppers, tomatoes, potatoes, and asparagus, along with green leafy vegetables, nuts and seeds help you get your daily requirements of the inositol easily.

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