Inositol: Benefits and Side Effects

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Inositol Benefits

Inositol is chemical carbohydrate widely occurring in nature, particularly in fruit (cantaloupe and oranges), and is classified as half as sweet as table sugar. Inositol is involved in a number of body chemical processes including insulin signal transduction, which signals the release of insulin to breakdown blood sugar. Inositol is also involved in cell structure and the breakdown of fats and cholesterol in the blood.

Inositol has shown promise as a therapeutic agent for panic attacks, obsessive-compulsive disorder, polycystic ovary syndrome, and psoriasis caused by lithium drug therapy. People have also reported positive effects in for the treatment of schizophrenia and depression, and even nerve issues caused by diabetes.

Inositol Benefits

This page is for the discussion of the use of inositol treatment. Have an experience using inositol? Please don't hesitate to share it with us.

Continue reading below for feedback from Earth Clinic readers who have tried this supplement.

Helps Withdrawal from Meds

Posted by Denise (Oregon, Usa) on 03/19/2015
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I am new here, but I just start Inositol after quite a bit of research. I am using it to get off 3 months of using Lexapro as I've heard you can be very addicted to Lexapro. The Lexapro helped me, amazingly, but there were side-effects that scared me like headaches, tinnitus, stomach cramps, and increased tremor I have always had.

I will keep posting here on my progress. If I am understanding Inositol, you can take it just when you feel depression, anxiety or panic attack. But someone mentioned taking it every day. I know I have to see how much works for me, so I started with 1000 mg (1 g) as I was a bit nervous. Feedback very welcome;) Denise


Posted by Gary (Oregon, US) on 04/05/2015
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I have had Insomnia for more than 20 years. I have been taking Unisom every night for 20 years, finally I started trying everything, Nothing worked for sleep, till I looked up Insomnia in the Nutritional Healing book, it said Inositol was one of the items as it helps you to fall asleep and get you into REM deep sleep. I have been taking it every night with great success, 7-1/2 hours of deep restful sleep, No more Unisom or the Unisom's terrible side effects.

Inositol has changed my life for the better, or should I say the Best.

Multiple Cures

Posted by Nat (Brooklyn, Ny) on 09/25/2013
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Inositol helps with seratonin. In some cases, low levels of inositol can cause constipation.

Israeli research found it as effective as prozac or luvox for some problems, such as OCD.

Dr. Mendel Fux (Israeli researcher) uses up to 18 grams - 6 teaspoons of the powder daily. (can be bought at a reasonable price on Amazon. ) Some people are helped with as little as 2 grams (less than a teaspoon a day.)

It can take, for many people, up to six weeks or more to see benefits.


Inositol helps with depression, anxiety, ocd, trichotillomania, fatty liver, pcos, metabolic syndrome.

It is being studied also for bipolar, neuropathy, attention deficit disorder, adhd, alzheimers, resperatory problems in babies, and more.

Experimentally, inositol dosages of up to 18 g daily have been tried for various conditions.

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One can try using it with some Vitamin C powder.

It might be better to start slowly and build up gradually.