Hey everyone. I wanted to spend some time in this post giving you some good information about inositol – a compound that is commonly found in fruit and other natural dietary sources – and how we can take advantage of its properties to relieve anxiety and nervousness. Read on to learn about inositol and how it can help you to overcome of these challenges.
What is Inositol?
Interestingly, inositol is actually a sugar alcohol. No, that doesn’t mean it’s sugar, it just means that its chemical structure is that of a sugar alcohol. It’s about half as sweet as table sugar according to scientific research. Myo-inositol is the most common variation of the compound that occurs in nature, and the one you’re most likely to come across.
How Does Inositol Relieve Anxiety?
I wasn’t able to locate any definitive studies which examined the neurochemical pathways of inositol, but I was able to find a few different large-scale studies which sought to determine that there is in fact a definitive effect. I’ll list more of those in sections below. In the meantime, I can posit that inositol works by operating on various receptor systems and changing the chemical composition of those pathways. But, I’m not a scientist, so we’ll take a look at some more studies below.
What Are Some Natural Sources of Inositol?
You’re most likely to find variations of inositol in oranges, cantaloupes, and cereals. However, it’s also available in a variety of products that can be purchased over the counter – and online. Here is one of the highest rated inositol brands available on Amazon today:
This particular product is available in powder form. I recommend that you purchase a powder since it’s easier to get into your system than a capsule pill.
Are There Any Side Effects I Should Consider Prior To Trying It?
As with all supplements, side effects do happen. I suggest that you meet with a medical professional to determine if your body can tolerate inositol – especially if you are currently taking any prescription medications. Here are a few of the side effects that have been most commonly reported in the scientific literature:
Generally, these side effects seem to be non-existent or very minor. Inositol at standard doses seems to be generally safe for adults. However, please talk to your doctor if you are taking prescription medications and plan to try inositol along with them.
What Are Some Scientific Studies Supporting Inositol?
As you might have realized, I try to keep everything within the bounds of current and up-to-date scientific research. Here are a few studies you might be interested in reading if you’re considering trying inositol:
- Double-blind, placebo-controlled, crossover trial of inositol treatment for panic disorder
- Inositol treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder
- Herbal and Dietary Supplements for Treatment of Anxiety Disorders
- Inositol treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder
Have You Tried Inositol? Let Us Know In A Comment!
If you have personal experience with inositol, we would love to hear from you. Leave a comment below and let other readers know how it went – your personal experiences will help others to know if it’s the right choice for them. Thanks!