Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a common and distressing hormonal disorder, affecting 1 in 10 women of reproductive age. Symptoms can include obesity, elevated male hormones and related symptoms like acne and excess hair growth most often noticeable around the mouth and chin, menstrual irregularity, and infertility.
In many cases, the underlying cause is insulin resistance, meaning that PCOS sufferers can also be at a greater risk of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Inositols (a carbocyclic sugar abundant in the brain and other mammalian tissues) are crucial for ovarian health and myo-inositol makes up about 99% of the ovarian inositol pool. A great many studies in recent years have reported myo-inositol to be helpful in PCOS.
Another beneficial effect appears to be myo-inositol’s ability to potentiate weight loss. Insulin resistant-driven PCOS is more prevalent in overweight women and weight loss can be a challenge for this population, due to the disruption in hormones that help to control appetite.
Myo-inositol is involved in thyroid hormone signaling. There is a growing body of evidence that supplementing myo-inositol together with a form of selenium may improve some situations of hypothyroidism. Specifically, TSH levels have been found to reduce to within the normal range in patients with subclinical hypothyroidism caused by autoimmune thyroiditis. A corresponding reduction in antithyroid autoantibodies has also been seen.
Lamberts Myo-Inositol supplement comes in powder form; it is tasteless and can easily be mixed into water or other drinks. The typical dosage used to support patients in relation to weight loss, PCOS and metabolic diseases and fertility is 2 to 4g/day – price at The Ark (correct at 08/09/23) is £21.15.
Nutri Advanced Fem Balance is also available – price at The Ark (correct at 08/09/23) is £43.15 (Inositol, Magnesium Glycinate, Folic acid, B6)
If you’d like to chat to us further about how these products can support you, just drop us a line.