Inositol - Inositol Supplements Benefits, Side effects, and Dosage

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Medically Reviewed by Dr. Deepika Tiwari - MBBS on 26 Dec 2017 - Written by Dr. Surveen Ghumman - MBBS - Grammatically Approved by Dr. Kavita Jaggi Agrawal - MBBS

Inositol supplements are used for diabetes, high cholesterol, PCOD, cancer, depression, skin disorders like psoriasis, improves fertility levels in individuals. Inositol side effects are caused only because of lack of following of right dosages with each of the required medical treatments.

Inositol is a chemical compound found especially in human and plant body with lots of health benefits. The most natural being the Myo Inositol, helps normalizing the protein particles in the body and re-constructing the cell membranes. Often branded as Vitamin B8, Myo Inositol is necessary for the body to stay physically as well as mentally healthy. However, Myo-Inositol is officially not recognized as a vitamin due to its synthesizable nature in the body from glucose through intestinal bacteria.

What is Inositol Used for?

Inositol is used for various hormonal disorders such as

1- Diabetes & High Cholesterol

2- Polycystic Ovary Syndrome/Disease (PCOS/D)

3- Cancer

4- Depression, Anxiety, Panic Disorders, Attention Deficiency Disorders, Hyperactivity disorders

5- Schizophrenia

6- Alzheimer’s disease

7- Treatment of Psoriasis (a type of skin disorder)

8- Autism

9- Fertility Boosting

10- Promotes protein infusion and cell growth in the body.

What are the Benefits of Inositol?

Myo- Inositol supplements comes with a lot of medical &health benefits, especially for women such as-

1- Treats Diabetes & Glucose Disorders

Myo Inositol is effective in enhancing insulin sensitivity and helps in maintain ing the necessary glucose uptake in muscle cells. It also reduces urine glucose concentrations in Diabetes and decreases insulin resistance among patients suffering from many forms of Diabetes including Gestational diabetes especially among overweight or obese pregnant women by 50%. Apart from that, Myo-inositol protects the embryos in a pregnant woman from developmental defects and diabetic nerve disorders.

2- Helps controlling PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome)

One of the common hormonal dysfunction found in women today is Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. Under this syndrome, a woman’s testosterone level is high along with problems in menstruation, ovulation, excessive weight gain, body hair growth and ovaries formed with multiple cysts. Mostly, in many PCOS women, insulin resistance is high and Myo Inositol can prevent excessive testosterone and insulin level.

3- Prevents metabolical disorders

Many studies have shown that Myo Inositol is helpful in increasing HDL- Good Cholesterol and decreasing the level of LDL- Bad cholesterol along with Triglycerides and high blood pressure among women with PCOS. Good cholesterol helps in keeping the metabolism level in all groups of women.

Inositol uses

4- Helps in weight loss

Myo Inositol is lipotropic in nature which promotes fat storage breakdown. Women due to various hormonal disorders such as-PCOS, Thyroid, or under stress and depression tend to gain a lot of weight. Studies have shown that Myo Inositol significantly reduces body mass and leptin-appetite control hormones in such women. Myo Inositol is prescribed for obese women devoid of these disorders as well.

5- Treats Depression & Anxiety disorders

Normally people with depression have low levels of Inositol. Daily dose of Inositol can help lowering depression and anxiety levels in adults. Also regular intake of it can reduce disorders like Obsessive Compulsive disorder, Bipolar disorder, mood swings as well as premenstrual dysphoric disorders. It also cures serious mental disorders such as Schizophrenia and Autism etc.

6- Cures eating disorders

High dosage of Myo Inositol helps reducing Bulimia- a disorder characterized by depression and eating disorders.

7- Prevents Cancer

Myo-Inositol has antioxidant along with immune enhancing properties which prevent cancer by stopping the tumor progression. A satisfactory impact of Myo-Inositol can be seen in liver tumor development backed by various medical studies.

8- Increases Fertility

Myo- Inositol helps in replenishing the pregnancy hormones in the body and significantly increases fertility in patients with unexplained fertility. Also for men with low sperm count and morphology, Myo-Inositol is a blessing and helps in sperm count, motility, and morphology.

Inositol benefits

Are there any Side effect of Myo Inositol?

The best thing about Myo-Inositol supplements is that it’s completely trustable and comes without side effects. The only problem with Myo Inositol is the dosage quantity.

What should be the dosage requirements for Myo Inositol?

One has to take extreme care of the dosage and duration and Myo Inositol must be consumed only when prescribed by a doctor or medical professional. Normally, as high as 12 grams of Myo Inositol per day is suggested. Dosage above 30 grams per day may create gastrointestinal discomforts and pelvic pain which should be avoided strictly.


Hope, this article has helped you with your queries on Myo Inositol. Follow Ela Woman blog to get regular updates on fertility health and treatments.

Dr. Surveen Ghumman

Written by

Infertility Specialist, Obstetrician

Dr. Surveen Ghumman is an infertility specialist and gynecologist specializing in IVF, Reproductive Endocrinology, Recurrent failures of implantation, Embryology, Fertility preservation and Surrogacy. Dr. Surveen has completed MBBS from Christian Medical College, Ludhiana in 1986 and MD in Obstetrics and Gynecology from Government Medical College, Amritsar in 1991. She has also pursued certificate courses in ART and Clinical Embryology from Manipal University and fellowships in Minimal Access Surgeries. She has also pursued Micromanipulation in ART in the year 2011. Dr. Surveen is practicing at The Fertility Clinic IVF Solutions and Max Super Specialty Hospital. For more information, visit elawoman.com


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Archana Pravin

Yes, it is true. The high dosage of inositol supplements can cause discomfort. I had 40gram of inositol once and I was unable to sit or walk properly. The pain was irresistible and I got my stomach swelled up.

Oct. 12, 2018, 12:53 p.m. 4.5


Agatha Reynolds

Inositol supplements are super for reproductive and other internal problems. Thanks for sharing this bit of info!

June 2, 2018, 1:20 p.m. 5.0


Tehmtan J. Dumasia

May 27, 2018, 8:48 a.m. 4.5


Anjali Bhatnagar

It's a multi-functioning supplement. It was good to read this. I will start having it to reduce some of my weight.

April 30, 2018, 9:51 a.m. 5.0


Anjana Gaur

With inositol supplements, I started having my regular cycles within a year. I think I will be able to conceive soon.

Jan. 8, 2018, 11:11 a.m. 5.0

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