How Effective is Inositol for Weight Loss? Uses, Benefits & Reviews

How Effective is Inositol for Weight Loss? Uses, Benefits & Reviews

Weight loss is a challenge faced by many of us, with different strategies and supplements available to help with the process. One promising option is inositol, which is crucial for various cellular processes, including the regulation of insulin, an essential factor for effective weight management.

In 2023, 64% of adults in the UK aged 18 and over were reported as being overweight or obese. Figures show a steady rise in obesity, indicating the need to adopt a healthy lifestyle and learn to manage weight effectively.

This article will explore inositol for weight loss, its benefits, how to incorporate it into your diet and recommended dosages. It will help you understand how inositol and weight loss are connected and how inositol can support you in your weight loss journey. As well as inositol, we’ll discuss other vitamins and minerals, including Novomins products, which can contribute to a healthier lifestyle.

What is inositol and does inositol help with weight loss?

Inositol is often referred to as vitamin B8, although it is not a true vitamin. It is a type of carbohydrate found in the body, as well as certain foods and supplements. It plays an important role in several cellular processes, including regulating insulin levels.

There are nine different forms, or isomers, of inositol, each with the same chemical formula but with different properties. The most common inositol isomers in the body are myo-inositol and D-chiro-inositol.

Myo-inositol, which makes up the majority of inositols, provides structural support to cells and influences the function of chemical messengers in the brain. D-chiro-inositol, derived from myo-inositol, is vital for insulin regulation. It is found in high concentrations in tissues that store glycogen, such as fat and the liver.

Inositol may be beneficial in weight loss management and treating symptoms of  polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).

Benefits of inositol: is inositol good for weight loss?

There are several ways inositol aids weight loss, including improving insulin sensitivity, reducing stress and anxiety, aiding hormonal balance and enhancing metabolism.

Reducing insulin sensitivity

Insulin is needed to regulate blood sugar levels in the body. When cells become resistant to insulin, it can lead to several metabolic issues such as weight gain, elevated blood sugar levels and an increased risk of chronic diseases.

Inositol helps lower blood sugar levels and reduces excess insulin in the blood. It protects fat tissue and the hormonal system from the harmful effects of prolonged high insulin levels.

Reducing stress and anxiety

Inositol increases serotonin receptor sensitivity, leading to an increase in GABA release (gamma-aminobutyric acid), a neurotransmitter known for its calming effects. It can also reduce the frequency of panic attacks in those with anxiety disorders.

By reducing stress and anxiety and improving mood, inositol can help motivate you to make positive lifestyle choices like healthy eating and regular exercise, as well as combating stress eating.

Aiding hormonal balance

Inositol, particularly in its myo-inositol and D-chiro-inositol forms, helps balance hormones. This hormonal balance is vital for managing weight.

In women with PCOS, inositol lowers elevated male hormones (androgens) and regulates menstrual cycles, helping restore normal ovulation. This reduces symptoms like irregular periods, acne and excessive hair growth and contributes to overall hormonal health.

Improving metabolism

Inositol may be beneficial in improving metabolism and  metabolic syndrome — a group of conditions that increase the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

There are five main symptoms of metabolic syndrome: excess abdominal fat, high triglycerides (types of fat) in the blood, low HDL ‘good’ cholesterol, high blood pressure and high blood sugar. Regulating these symptoms can significantly impact weight management.

How to incorporate inositol into your diet

Inositol is found in a variety of foods that you can easily incorporate into your diet. Dr. Peter McQuillan, an expert from Novomins, recommends eating fresh fruits like citrus and cantaloupe, beans such as pinto, kidney beans and peas, grains like bran and wheat, and nut butter, all of which are rich in inositol.

Dr. McQuillan adds that supplements may be necessary to achieve a high enough dose of inositol. Available options include Novomins Inositol+ Gummies, night-time gummies, fertility gummies, or multivitamin gummies.

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Dosage recommendations: how much inositol should you take for weight loss?

General guidelines suggest there are no official inositol dosages specifically for weight loss. Taking up to 12 mg per day is considered safe, bearing in mind that small amounts of inositol are already present in a balanced diet. The guidelines are aimed more at the amount you should take for PCOS, metabolic syndrome, blood sugar control in diabetes and mental health conditions.

However, research indicates that taking 1 mg of inositol daily for three months can support weight loss and improve metabolism. For optimal results, inositol should be taken just before meals. And, care should be taken if you are on diabetes medication as inositol can lower blood sugar levels, potentially causing hypoglycemia.

Potential side effects of inositol for weight loss

Inositol is generally considered safe, though mild side effects can occur, particularly at doses exceeding 12mg per day. These side effects may include diarrhoea, nausea, stomach pain, fatigue, headache and dizziness. This is based on studies where inositol was taken for less than a year.

The long-term effects are unknown. To minimise the risk of side effects, it’s advisable to start with a lower dose as recommended by your healthcare provider. If you experience any side effects, consult your doctor for guidance on how to manage them.

Inositol product reviews

With mostly 5-star inositol weight loss reviews, Novomins customers are overall delighted with the results, as these testimonials prove:

Inositol + Gummines (please link to new product draft)
Novomins Inositol+ Gummies. Inositol has been shown in research to help balance hormone levels, and ease symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome. Using a 40:1 blend Myo and D-Chiro inositol our high fibre, doctor-formulated gummies are infused with 9 essential vitamins, minerals, and botanicals including, methylated folic acid, and a variety of essential nutrients, designed to help you maintain your overall well-being.

Novomins Night time Gummies 

‘These are lovely, easy to eat and I'm convinced I have had a good night's sleep since I started them, solely based on the contents. Very happy.’ 

- Jay Forsythe


Novomins Fertility Gummies

‘Great vitamin. Not only is this great for all-round health, they are super tasty too! The dose is clear, and if used as suggested, this bottle is around a month's supply; at this price, I find that’s quite reasonable if not a complete steal. Information about ingredients etc is clear on the bottle and everything seems to be good quality and safe. I’d recommend.’

- Polly

Alternatives to inositol for weight loss

In addition to inositol, there are several alternatives recommended for weight loss. Novomins offers two best selling products of interest. Apple Cider Vinegar Gummies include ingredients traditionally used to reduce bloating and alleviate IBS (irritable bowel syndrome). Multivitamin Gummies are packed with essential nutrients to boost energy, immune health and mental clarity.

Hand holding a bottle of Novomins ACV Gummies

Here are some other supplements and lifestyle changes to consider that support weight loss:

Chromium picolinate

Chromium picolinate is a supplement sometimes used to aid weight loss, although findings are mixed. It is also used to promote healthy blood sugar levels and may help with depression.

Most people get adequate levels of chromium picolinate from their diet, as it’s found in grape, orange and tomato juices, as well as lettuce and turkey breast. It is also found in Novomins’ Meno-Balance Gummies.

Green tea extract

Green tea extract has several health benefits, including reducing cholesterol and reducing the risk of Alzheimer's disease. It contains caffeine, which helps speed up metabolism and catechins which are antioxidants that help break down fat.

Drinking two to three cups of green tea per day may help as an aid to weight loss when combined with other methods. Green tea extract can be found in Novomins Focus Gummies.


Glucomannan is a natural dietary fibre found in the roots of the elephant yam. Available as a supplement or found in tofu and shirataki noodles, it supports weight loss because of its very low-calorie count and gives you the sensation of being full. It also reduces fat absorption.

When taken before meals, glucomannan can help people who are obese lose weight if combined with a calorie-reduced diet.

CLA (conjugated linoleic acid)

CLA is a natural fatty acid found in meat and dairy products often marketed for weight loss. However, evidence supporting its effectiveness is limited, and it may have potential side effects.

Safer sources of CLA include butter, yoghurt, cheese and other dairy products, which may reduce the risk of heart disease or cancer.

Lifestyle changes

While supplements can aid weight loss, the most successful results typically come from healthy lifestyle changes. Adopting a balanced eating plan with nutrient-rich foods and practising portion control is more effective than following fad diets.

Regular exercise burns calories and strengthens the cardiovascular system, boosting mood and energy levels, and reducing blood pressure. Aim for at least 30 minutes of exercise per day for optimal weight loss results. You will also need a good dose of motivation and commitment in your weight loss journey — setting goals can help keep you on the right track.

Conclusion: how inositol can help on your weight loss journey

Inositol, particularly in its myo-inositol and D-chiro-inositol forms, offers several benefits for weight loss. This includes improving insulin sensitivity, reducing stress and anxiety, aiding hormonal balance and enhancing metabolism. 

Incorporating inositol into your diet can be done through supplements or by consuming inositol-rich foods like whole grains, beans, nuts and citrus fruits. While inositol is generally safe, it's essential to follow recommended dosages to minimise potential side effects.

Explore the benefits of inositol and consider integrating it into your weight loss plan to support your journey towards better health. For more information and to browse Novomins' range of products, visit our homepage and discover how inositol can help you achieve your weight loss goals.


Why am I gaining weight on inositol?

Weight gain is uncommon on inositol. If you are experiencing this, it could be due to changes in your diet and lifestyle, hormonal imbalances, or an underlying health condition such as PCOS.

What does inositol do for the female body?

Inositol helps regulate hormones, supports ovarian function and improves insulin sensitivity, which is beneficial for women with PCOS. It may also reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression.

What happens when you start taking inositol?

You may experience several health benefits when you start taking inositol such as hormonal balance, improved insulin sensitivity and improved mental and metabolic health. You may also experience mild side effects such as nausea, diarrhoea or stomach pain.


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Dr Peter McQuillan
BDS, MFDS P1, Dip Ortho Founder & Chief Formulator
With over 15 years of experience in the healthcare sector, Dr McQuillan is a highly esteemed professional in the healthcare space.


Akil Memishi
BSc Hons Pharmacology, ICH GCP Founder & Chief Clinical Researcher
Akil Memishi, co-founder of Novomins, combines his extensive clinical research experience with a passion for developing scientifically-backed nutritional products.
Review Date:
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