DCI Basics

What is D-chiro-inositol?


D-chiro-inositol (DCI) is a member of the B vitamin family. Most people naturally synthesize enough DCI as a part of healthy metabolism, making it from pinitol and myo-inositol, substances abundant in our diets and closely-related to D-chiro-inositol. The role of D-chiro-inositol in Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)

DCI is used during insulin signal transduction, the body's response to insulin. If DCI is deficient, insulin resistance can develop. There is evidence that women with PCOS do not make enough DCI and many women with PCOS are insulin resistant. This deficiency leads to too much testosterone and the symptoms of PCOS. In clinical trials, adding DCI as a supplement has been shown to address this deficiency and reduce the symptoms of PCOS.


Is D-chiro-inositol safe and natural?

Yes, D-chiro-inositol (DCI) is a safe and healthy human metabolite. The Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA) defines D-chiro-inositol as a nutritional supplement because it is a natural human metabolite and it is taken orally. Like all human metabolites, vitamins and minerals included, D-chiro-inositol (DCI) is completely safe and often beneficial when taken in appropriate amounts. DCI is abundant in only a few foods, such as buckwheat ferrinetta, thus making it difficult to get substantial D-chiro-inositol from our diets.


Is D-chiro-inositol FDA approved?

D-chiro-inositol (DCI) is not FDA approved because DCI is an all-natural nutritional supplement. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves drugs as treatments for certain diseases; however, the FDA cannot approve nutritional supplements in the same way. Instead, the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA) defines whether or not a product is a nutritional supplement. The DSHEA defines D-chiro-inositol (DCI) as a nutritional supplement, and therefore the FDA does not regulate the D-chiro-inositol sold by Chiral Balance.

The Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA) states there can be no limits set on the consumption of nutritional supplements. As a result of this legislation, the FDA does not control the sale of nutritional supplements such as vitamins, minerals, and human metabolites such as D-chiro-inositol.


DOSING- How should I take my Chiral Balance D-chiro-inositol?

In the original studies of D-chiro-inositol (DCI), DCI was administered in the morning before food. For that reason, Chiral Balance recommends this time of day. We also recommend taking Chiral Balance DCI with water, because the supplement is a water-soluble nutrient.

Our recommendation—again, based on the major clinical trials—is to take one 600 mg capsule for every 130 pounds of body weight. That is, is you weigh less than 130 pounds, take one capsule per day; if you weigh between 130 and 260, take take two capsules per day.

It is important to take Chiral Balance DCI on a regular schedule. If you forget or miss a dose, take the missed dose as soon as possible and resume your regular schedule the next day


Are there any added ingredients?

No. Each capsule contains 600 mg of pure DCI—no fillers, additives, adjuncts, excipients, or binders.


Is it vegan?

Yes. The capsule is made of hypromellose, a vegetable material.


Can I get DCI from diet?


There are few foods that contain DCI. This is why your body must make it from myo-inositol.


Why is DCI so expensive?

Because DCI is so rare in nature, it cannot simply be extracted form plants like myo. Our DCI is made by extracting pinitol (another form of inositol) from carob, then converting the pinitol to DCI. This is a difficult process that only a few companies in the word perform.


Is D-chiro-inositol safe during pregnancy and while breastfeeding?

While the expected risk to the child would be negligible, D-chiro-inositol has never been evaluated in a clinical trial for its use or safety during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. It is unknown whether it is safe, and therefore the question of whether to use it during pregnancy or while breastfeeding is best made in conjunction with your physician who can help weigh the benefits and risks.


Will I lose weight if I take DCI?

It is possible. But please understand that we do not present DCI as a weight loss supplement. To do so would be irresponsible.


Will I regrow hair?

Again, it is possible. DCI may correct an insulin resistance issue that leads to hair loss.


Will I need to take Chiral Balance D-chiro-inositol forever?

Whatever benefits you experience from using Chiral Balance D-chiro-inositol will continue as long as you use the supplement as a natural part of healthy metabolism. Any symptoms Chiral Balance D-chiro-inositol has relieved will likely return if you stop taking the supplement.