Inositol is believed to be the best naturally sourced supplement to reduce anxiety, reduce symptoms of OCD and curb panic attacks.
What is Inositol?
Inositol (Myo-inositol) is similar to a vitamin in structure but is a naturally occurring nutrient that is able to move throughout the cells. It plays a major role on neurotransmitters in the brain and throughout the body.
Inositol is a molecule produced in our body that is made from glucose, called an alcohol sugar. It serves as a basis for secondary transporters that are needed to keep your cells functioning properly.
Also, it may potentially kick start the release of neurotransmitters such as Serotonin. This is a major chemical that is responsible for your mood and sleeping patterns and also plays a huge role in anxiety and stress relief.
Inositol supplements are thought to have anxiolytic effects, which means, they may be very effective in reducing anxiety and panic attacks.
Also, it may help with symptoms of OCD, depression and insomnia and may have a few other benefits due to it’s mechanism.
It can be found in many foods such as whole grains and nuts but especially high in fruits including cantaloupe and oranges.
Inositol deficiencies may be rare because it is available in many foods but the common long-term use of antibiotics and caffeine can cause deficiencies.
The primary function of Inositol is that it breaks down fat and fatty build up in the body through the liver so we can metabolize it and flush it.
Why is this process in our body so important? Everything that affects our body can affect our brain function.
This supplement works to open up channels in the brain that help release neurotransmitters. These are signals that work between the neurons for communication.
Inositol, seems especially to work on releasing a neurotransmitter called Serotonin, which contributes to our well being and happiness. It is a chemical that helps to balance our moods and sleeping patterns. Deficiencies of Serotonin lead to depression.
It is also thought to help in the process of the growth and development of nerve tissues and the creation of new neurons. This may help to improve long-term brain health and prevent natural brain ageing which may cause cognitive decline.
It is thought to play a major role in the communication and signaling of the neurons.
In terms of cognitive effects, low levels of Inositol are suggested in people that suffer from depression and fatigue, so taking these supplements can increase your energy level and may help nerve disorders.
Also, many people found that it has helped them process thoughts faster and reduce racing thoughts.
In studies, Inositol has shown, that it has been effective in treating disorders that are associated with anxiety including panic attacks, OCD and general anxiety.
In some other studies, it has shown that it may work just as effectively, if not better for anxiety relief than certain prescriptive drugs such as an antidepressant called fluvoxamine.
Since Inositol is a naturally produced chemical, it is believed to alleviate some the common side effects associated with it’s prescriptive alternative. It may be considered a very good alternative.
In addition, Inositol might contribute to cognitive brain health by possibly reducing damage and decline due to ageing. It is also suggested that it may help with substantial hair growth, healthy skin and eczema when taken in combination with a choline supplement.
Finally, it is thought, that in a particular form of oral Inositol called (isomer D-chiro-inositol) it has positive effects on women who suffer from PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome). This causes hormone imbalances and infertility.
Why Take Inositol? It Promotes;
- A better mood
- Anxiety relief and reduced stress
- Healthy cognitive brain health
- Helps with depression
- May help your cholesterol levels
- Promotes hair growth and healthy skin
- Prevents eczema
- Helps improve nerve function
Some common user reviews when taking Inositol:
- Can taste like sugar
- Reduces obsessive repetitive thoughts and behaviors
- Provides total anxiety relief
- Gives you a feeling of calmness
- Helps curb panic attacks
- May help with psoriasis
- Puts you in a better mood
Inositol Stacking options
Stacking means using two Nootropics together to enhance the effect or to supplement it.
It operates very closely with Choline, a water soluble nutrient found in vitamin B complex similar to Inositol, which is why is often stacked with Choline supplements such as Alpha GPC or Citicoline. These are both high quality choline sources.
Inositol Side Effects
Inositol is thought to be a safe supplement with very few side effects. There have been some reports that it may mildly cause diarrhea and headaches.
There is no standard amount to take because it depends on what you are using it for. Most people take the minimum of 500mg per dose.
Like all other Nootropics, it is best to experiment and see how your body reacts and what works best for you.
These are general guidelines. If you have any concerns, please consult your doctor.