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D-chiro-inositol is a complex carbohydrate and a member of the inositol family of compounds. Two other important members of the inositol family are myo-inositol and pinitol, which are discussed in separate articles. We usually call it DCI for short, but the official IUPAC name is: cis-1,2,4-trans-3,5,6-Cyclohexanehexol. Let’s stick with DCI. Unlike a sugar (which is a specific kind of carbohydrate, even though the words are often used ...

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Here is a question we answer quite a bit: "Does caffeine kill ᴅ-chiro-inositol?" The short answer is: no—caffeine does not kill, interfere with, or otherwise affect ᴅ-chiro-inositol. The term inositol is often used loosely when discussing myo-inositol, pinitol, etc, and this leads to some confusion. The only studies about inositol and caffeine are very specific to the effects of caffeine on the function of myo-inositol in the brain. There ...

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Manganese Manganese is an essential mineral – without it, your body could not function. Manganese is of particular interest to women with PCOS because it is an essential component of the insulin signaling process. A recent study1 suggests that the combination of manganese and DCI is much more effective than either alone in reducing glucose levels. Have a look at the results below: The blood glucose level was reduced (over two hours) ...

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PCOS is commonly associated with insulin resistance. One of the most serious issues associated with insulin resistance is ineffective glucose disposal. What this means is that because cells aren’t responding to insulin, they aren’t taking glucose from the blood. This leads to high levels of glucose in the blood, commonly called high blood sugar, which anyone who has ever used a glucometer already knows all about. This has many negative ...

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Anyone reading this likely already knows at least a little bit (and maybe a lot) about D-chiro-inositol (DCI) and PCOS, and some of you may even be scratching your heads wondering what DCI or PCOS could possibly have to do with Alzheimer’s Disease, a form of progressive dementia affecting an estimated 5.6 million Americans. Well, the answer is a very interesting one, so please read on, especially if you or anyone you know has a loved one ...

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Vitex agnus castus (also called chasteberry, monk’s pepper and sometimes just vitex or VAC for short) is an herbal remedy used throughout the Mediterranean and North Africa for at least the last 2,000 years. In fact, the earliest written accounts of its use date to around the year 50, and presumably it was in common use before that as well. Traditional uses have been many. It was thought to help stimulate milk production for new mother’s, ...

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In the last few decades, we’ve come to understand more and more about fatty acids and their important roles in good health. Gone are the days when fat was thought of only as an energy source and when it was vilified with the “fat makes you fat” mantra that informed so many of the fad diets of the 60s, 70s, and even recently. The conversation about fat has become more nuanced and more subtle. Not all fats are created equal, and some have ...

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First of all, the words sign and symptom have different meanings in medicine. A sign is something that a physician can directly observe, verify, or measure, like acne or hirsutism which is visible to the naked eye. A symptom is something that a patient reports, but which a physician cannot directly observe, like mood swings or pain. Also, not all women with PCOS will have the same collection of signs and symptoms or the same severity for each. ...

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How are they similar? Different? Which one is right for me?   There has been a lot of buzz recently about myo-inositol and PCOS. Some of the “articles” circulating on sites like the Examiner read much less like a serious journalistic endeavor and much more like a paid advertisement for a particular brand of myo-inositol. I’m writing this piece to give a more balanced account of the primary literature on myo-inositol, ...

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