Inositol Helps Bone Formation

Inositol is a carbohydrate that’s found largely in fruit, predominantly in oranges and cantaloupes. While it is not a sugar it does add some sweetness to fruits that have it – about half the sweetness of table sugar. No carbohydrate is considered an “essential nutrient” in the way that other bone healthy vitamins and minerals are (calcium, vitamin D, magnesium, vitamin K for example), but it is still important and necessary in supplements that promote bone health.

Inositol was once considered a B vitamin, but that is misleading because the body can make its own inositol from glucose.  But we may not make enough to maintain and support bone. Inositol is critical for bone formation and has an important reaction with calcium. Supplementing with Inositol shows an increase in calcium activity in bone, especially when pressure from exercise or other force is applied to bone. This means that inositol may boost the effects of exercise to help bones get stronger.

Inositol is also in whole grains, raw cereals, seeds, and natural fibers - basically what we might call “health food” – but it’s bound up in a form called phytate that is difficult to digest. Phytates need to be broken down to release the 'good' inositol. Too much undigested phytate can bind calcium in the intestines and prevent absorption where it is needed - in bone. Large amounts of phytate in ones diet is linked with calcium and iron deficiency. We just do not have enzymes that help digest phytate.

Phytates are also in bran, seeds, husks of whole grains, and even a little bit in spinach.  Unfermented soy, other grains and beans have undigested phytate and should not be consumed in large quantities.  It’s helpful to soak beans overnight and to slow cook beans, oatmeal and whole grains to extract their best nutritional value. Fermentation, germination, and proper preparation can also help break down the phytate. On the flip side, flash processing at high heat may seal in the phytate which is another reason to avoid highly processed foods. To keep it simple – eat in moderation.

Silical® System is one of the only bone health supplements that contains Inositol - in a form that is already broken down and easy to digest. It takes action with calcium and other essential vitamins and minerals to help with bone formation.

2 thoughts on “Inositol Helps Bone Formation”

  • Kathy

    I have a question about the inositol in your product. Do you sell it separately? Inositol is supposed to help with PCOS, and it would be good to have it in a form that is easier to digest. If you don't sell it separately, can you educate me on how I can find a form of inositol that digests well?

    • Institute for Better Bone Health

      Hi Kathy! We don't offer inositol separately. That amount that's in our bone health supplement (Silical System) is different from that amount needed for PCOS. But you wouldn't be at harm consuming Inositol in addition to Silical System: very large doses of inositol have shown benefits for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. Inositol is part of a nutrient called phytate which is poorly absorbed by the body. If you're looking to get it from foods the best sources are beans that have been soaked overnight, oatmeal (not instant) and whole rice.

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