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    Inositol - Inositol Supplements Benefits, Side effects, and Dosage

    • 4.8   (5 Votes)
    Medically Reviewed by Dr. Deepika Tiwari - MS, MBBS on 26 Dec 2017 - Written by Dr. Surveen Ghumman Sindhu - Fellowship, MD, MBBS - Grammatically Approved by Dr. Kavita Jaggi Agrawal - MS, 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 Sindhu

    Written by

    Fellowship, MD, MBBS, Certification, FICMCH, FICOG
    Obstetrician, Infertility Specialist

    Dr. Surveen Ghumman Sindhu has immense of experience in the field of Gynaecology and Infertility. She has specialized in Assisted reproductive technologies and IVF from the prestigious Cleveland clinic, USA and is a certified clinical embryologist from Manipal University, the only university in India running a post graduate program in Clinical Embryology. She has further been trained in advanced micromanipulation techniques from the same institute. She has also received a fellowship from the World Association of Laparoscopic Surgeons in minimally invasive surgery. She is currently the Director and Head at IVF and Reproductive medicine, Max Multispeciality Hospitals, Saket, Panchsheel and Patparganj, Delhi.


    Dr. Surveen Ghumman Sindhu is well known for her dedicated and compassionate patient care. She herself felt rewarded when her patients turn up with their children. Through her innovative thinking and cutting-edge treatments protocol she maximise the chance of pregnancy to every patients. Her patients come from all over Dubai.


    Dr. Surveen Ghumman Sindhu  patients are completely confident and well aware of the procedures, setting their expectations right. She is admired for her ethical practice and dutifulness. Her dedicated effort to improve quality of service to her patients is extremely appreciated and exhibited in her actions. She is the personal favorite of her patients not just for the skilled doctor she is, but also for her amazing personality. Her commitment to excellence is focused on the needs of each woman throughout all stages of life. Dr. Surveen Ghumman Sindhu has a vast experience of 27 year of working in tertiary care hospitals and has been a faculty as an undergraduate and postgraduate teacher in renowned medical colleges of Delhi over the last 27 years.


    Dr. Surveen Ghumman Sindhu works hard as a Gynecologist and believes in providing help to as many patients as she could. She likes to attend various conferences held at different cities so she could impart her knowledge about gynaecology. She believes that, by attending workshops conducted by various institutions, she could enhance her understanding of a patient's mind-set which would eventually help her treat the patient better. She is  known for her humble nature and tender care of patients. The efficiency, dedication, precision and compassion offered at the clinic ensure that the patient's well-being, comfort and needs are kept of top priority.


    Dr. Surveen Ghumman Sindhu passionate about delivering the highest standard of healthcare. Dr. Surveen Ghumman with her patients to gain detailed understanding of their condition and offers and considerate insights that help in creating an affordable and effective treatment plan for patients. With the cutting-edge medicine, state-of-the-art infrastructure and personalized nursing care, she make sure that the patients are her priority. 


    Dr. Surveen Ghumman Sindhu is a verified doctor and is registered under 9138 of the Delhi Medical Council, 1986. She incorporates better methods to further improve the quality life of patients who have had a fertility Issues. With her innovative thinking and cutting-edge treatment protocols, she maximizes the chances of pregnancy and minimizes the chances of complications. Don’t wait in a queue, book an instant appointment online with Dr. Surveen Ghumman Sindhu on


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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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