Inositol, not to be confused with inulin or insulin, is a supplement found in some foods (like cantaloupe) that aids in the important task of promoting communication between cells. Inositol plays an essential role in the health of our neurotransmitters and growth hormones and it has a lot of different applications for autistic kids.
How Does Inositol Work?
Inositol helps with the production of neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin which are important for mood and emotional regulation. Inositol can also help with sleep and blood sugar regulation. And, as we know from previous videos, unstable blood sugar levels can lead to difficult behavior or unstable moods.
What Conditions Can Inositol Help With?
In addition to treating certain aspects of autism, I also use inositol for patients with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) because it helps with hormones and blood sugar imbalance. It’s also extremely helpful at treating conditions like ADHD, OCD, and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), that are associated with neurotransmitter dysfunction or imbalance.
Are There Any Side Effects Associated with Inositol?
Inositol has very few side effects. The main side effect is minor GI related issues which usually occur at doses above 12 grams per day. For this reason, I typically start my patients at around 1-4 grams per day and then gradually increase the dosage if needed. Following this method is a great way to avoid any side effects. Additionally, because inositol helps promote sleep and calms nerves, I recommend giving it before bed.
How Do You Take Inositol?
Inositol is easy to administer because it tastes great. I recommend using 4 grams of the pure powder two times per day. I personally love the Vital Nutrients Inositol Powder. It’s a simple, great tasting way to help reduce anxiety in our kids with autism.
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