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Inositol and PCOS- Why Ovasitol?
When it comes to supplements, many people are wary of them and that is fine! It is understandable that you would want to know that the product/supplement you were investing in to buy (supplements are not cheap) is going to work and is worthy of your money.
In a previous post, I mentioned the supplements which I take for my PCOS, but also for my general health and wellbeing. In that post and other posts, I mention Ovasitol. Many times I get asked questions about Ovasitol, it's benefits, does it work, have I noticed any improvements or changes.
So, in this post, I will be discussing Ovasitol.
For over a year I was taking D-Chiro-Inositol to help with my PCOS and it's many symptoms. While I did notice improvements in my symptoms, such as less hair growth, more energy and slight improvements in my menstrual cycle, I came across Ovasitol.
What is Ovasitol?
Ovasitol is a 100% pure inositol powder and is a combination of Myo-Inositol and D-Chiro Inositol. Each packet provides 2000 mg of myo-inositol and 50 mg of D-chiro-inositol, in the body's normal ratio of 40 to 1.
Myo-Inositol and D-Chiro-Inositol
Myo-inositol and D-Chiro-Inositol are crucial in insulin signaling. Inositol is described as a 'secondary messenger' and has the ability create an insulin-like effect on metabolic enzymes. Research has identified that inositol (either in the isoform d-chiro inositol or myoinositol) can improve insulin sensitivity and ovulatory function in women who suffer from PCOS. Women with PCOS may have a defect in "secondary messengers" resulting in insulin resistance.
Our bodies are supposed to convert inositol from our food to MYO and DCI. Although, research suggests that women with PCOS struggle to convert food into MYO or DCI, or it may be we excrete too much DCI and are unable to replace it quickly enough. (to read more about inositol and it's benefits)
What does the research say about Ovasitol?
Why combine the two?
Many women with PCOS are insulin resistant. High levels of insulin cause the ovary to produce excess androgen and as a result affects fertility.
Recent studies have shown taking a combination of both Myo-Inositol and D-chiro Inositol in the body’s naturally occurring ratio (40:1) is more beneficial than taking either alone. A study recorded a significant reduction of LH, free testosterone, fasting insulin and improved insulin sensitivity in women who suffer from PCOS.
Furthermore, research has found that the combined approach brings balance to the entire body, working on both a systemic and ovary level.
Where can I buy Ovasitol?
Ovasitol is available from various websites and can be purchased in may countries as of recently. You can order Ovasitol through a US based company, Theralogix. Theralogix offers the combined MI and DCI, it’s in the correct ratio. I am confident in using Ovasitol by a reputable company such as Theralogix. Theralogix's Ovasitol is NSF® International (a not-for-profit certification program) reviewed and certified for content accuracy, purity and freedom from contaminants.
When you purchase Ovasitol, you will receive a 3 month supply made up of single serving sachets, which are odorless and tasteless. Simply mix one sachet in water or any other beverage twice a day after food (e.g. in the morning after breakfast and in the evening after dinner).
If you live in the United Kingdom, you can purchase Ovasitol from this Amrita Nutrition https://www.amritanutrition.co.uk/trx-001
For other countries in Europe, visit evitamins.
My Thoughts on Ovasitol
While supplements are not always necessary, in this case where women with PCOS struggle to convert certain nutrients from food, it is a good idea to add supplements that can do it for us.
As I mentioned above, I used to take D-Chiro-Inositol (in capsule form), which cost me £95 for just 60 capsules. Now that my regime has changed taking Ovasitol daily, which costs me £94 for 180 packets, a 90 day supply.
I have been taking Ovasitol for 4 months now, I can safely say that it is a great product and is worth purchasing. For many the price may be off-putting, I thought that too. However, after completing my first order and noticing the improvements in my energy levels, my mood, hair growth and ovulation symptoms I knew I had to reorder.
It is important that you speak to your health care team about adding Ovasitol to your diet.
Benelli,E. Ghianda,SD., Cosmo, CD. and Tonacchera, M. (2016). Clinical Study- A Combined Therapy with Myo-Inositol and D-Chiro-Inositol Improves Endocrine Parameters and Insulin Resistance in PCOS Young Overweight Women. International Journal of Endocrinology. 1-5.
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