We all have times we feel on edge. Overwhelmed, burned out and run down. Those feelings can manifest in some individuals as depression and others as anxiety. You may notice you’re having trouble concentrating, even impacting your sleep. Do you eat right, workout and meditate, but you’re still not feeling like yourself? We may have the answer.
Inositol. Never heard of it? I’m not surprised. Inositol is a sugar alcohol but contrary to the name it is neither a sugar nor an alcohol! More confused? Let’s start at the beginning.
Inositol is found in many foods - mainly fruits like cantaloupe and oranges. It is found in bran, nuts and seeds in its phaylate form which is unfortunately indigestible by humans so we don’t get much inositol from our diets.
Inositol serves many functions in the human body from helping to give a cell its shape to giving instructions to a nerve and even breaking down fats! As a clinician we use it primarily for clients with anxious depression. If you’re not feeling yourself and are looking for a natural alternative to SSRI medication Relaxed Life may be what you’re looking for. Inositol has been shown to promote serotonin which helps with relaxation and a positive mood.
Inositol is considered a safe and effective treatment for PCOS. It works by increasing insulin sensitivity, which helps to improve ovarian function. Inositol is often a recommended supplement for our pregnant clients or clients attempting to become pregnant.
Relaxed Life also contains GABA. GABA is a neurotransmitter known for its calming and relaxing effects. It is an inhibitory neurotransmitter so if you think of your nervous system as a dimmer switch and you’re feeling anxious your switch would be all the way at the top. GABA helps to bring the switch down to the middle position, essentially limiting the impulses to brighten the lights.
As you can see, Inositol is a very useful supplement for those looking to feel more like themselves or those individuals not seeing the results they’d like from medical interventions. As always consult your physician before starting or modifying any supplement regime.
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2 Monastra G, Unfer V, Harrath AH, Bizzarri M (2017). "Combining treatment with myo-inositol and D-chiro-inositol (40:1) is effective in restoring ovary function and metabolic balance in PCOS patients". Gynecological Endocrinology. 33 (1): 1–9. PMID 27898267. doi:10.1080/09513590.2016.1247797