Myo-inositol, D-chiro-inositol, Oh My!

What is inositol, and why are there so many different names for it? Learn more about this naturally occurring carbohydrate, and why it may be helpful for women with PCOS.

By OBGYN and fertility expert Dr. Kenosha Gleaton

Did you know that metabolic syndrome, depression, diabetes, and PCOS are all tied to the same supplement? Inositol is a member of the vitamin B complex group and is found in foods such as fruits, beans, whole grains, and seeds, as well as in supplements. Inositol impacts neurotransmitters in the body, has been shown to improve insulin function, and might even improve fertilization rates.

What is inositol?

Inositol is a naturally occurring, vitamin-like carbohydrate that’s found in your body. It’s most abundant in the brain and tissues, and has a large effect on hormones and other neurotransmitters.

Inositol is frequently used for metabolic syndrome and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), as well as other medical and mental conditions. There are many forms of inositol, but the two most common are myo-inositol (MI) and D-chiro-inositol (DCI).

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