4. Control cholesterol and blood sugar with Inositol
Scientists have discovered that inositol, a type of sugar, helps to control blood sugar, reduce cholesterol levels and boost fertility – and it has delivered encouraging results when it comes to the treatment of PCOS. Inositol is naturally produced by the body and has an impact on metabolism and the conversion of food into energy – but it also plays a crucial part in your system’s response to insulin. At a cellular level, inositol enables insulin to work more effectively, and when insulin works better your cravings will reduce, your energy levels will improve and your cycles will regulate naturally.
PCOS sufferers often aren’t able to effectively use insulin, so supplementing with inositol could be a key alternative treatment, as the molecules that it creates can help to utilise insulin they make. Inositol is naturally found in citrus fruits as well as in cantaloupe melons, brown rice, almonds, walnuts, and lima beans – but it can also be supplemented in pill or powder form.
There are several forms of inositol but the two main types are myo-inositol (MI) and D-chiro-inositol (DCI). PCOS sufferers typically have lower MI levels and higher DCI, than those who don’t have the condition. Because of this, experts recommend supplementing with a combination of myo-inositol and D-chiro-inositol at a 40:1 ratio and this is considered the optimal dose for PCOS supplements. This level has proved extremely effective in restarting ovulation – one study showed that women who consumed two grams of this dosage, twice daily, displayed ovulation rates of 46%, compared to women who didn’t supplement.
Not all inositol supplements are equal, so if you suffer from PCOS and want to see if inositol can help, check the ratio of MI and DCI before you purchase. We recommend Time Health’s Inositol Complex with optimised levels of MI and DCI at a 40:1 ratio, as well as folate and chromium, which helps to support hormone levels.
Vita Chic’s Myo-D-Chiro Complex is a superb, vegan friendly, inositol supplement that can boast the same optimised 40:1 ratio, with added zinc, vegan Vitamin D, chromium and folate. Inositol could be a pivotal part of your armoury against PCOS – but if you are considering supplementation, consult your health practitioner first, to ensure you’re a suitable candidate.