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Hip pain complicates every part of daily life. Hip problems make walking and sitting difficult. If you suffer from hip pain, you also most likely have a hard time sleeping. Figuring out what causes hip pain and what to do about can help you as you fight to have a normal, active life. Read on for the basics of where it starts and what you can do about it.

Inositol is not a new discovery, but it has been under-publicized until recently. The truth is, inositol is a naturally-occurring chemical that is produced by your own body!

Learning about how to use this supplement effectively begins with understanding more about what it is, how it works, how to use it (including precise dosing instructions) and whether or not you are a good candidate to take it.

Learn about Inositol benefits and uses and be sure to talk with your doctor if you have any questions about adding this supplement to your health program!  

What Is Inositol?

So what is Inositol, exactly? It is sometimes referred to as "vitamin B8" when combined with adenosine monophosphate (AMP) or on its own.

At its most fundamental, it is a simple carbohydrate that is considered a form of sugar alcohol - glucose but slightly rearranged in its chemical composition to serve as a quick energy source.

If you are following a meal plan to induce ketosis for weight management, it is important to know that taking vitamin B8 will not impact your blood sugar.

What Are the Inositol Benefits?

Inositol benefits the human body in some pretty amazing ways. For example, this chemical is vital for creating cell membranes. It also assists with carrying messages from your brain to the rest of your body throughout your central nervous system.

Support for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)

There are two specific forms (out of the nine total forms) that can boost sensitivity to insulin, which can be helpful if you have been diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS).

 Fertility Issues & Gestational Diabetes

If you are trying to get pregnant and have fertility problems, taking this supplement combined with folic acid can reduce the risk of contracting gestational diabetes by up to 92 percent for pregnant women.

Menopause-Related Metabolic Syndrome 

Taking this supplement combined with alpha-lipoic acid has been shown to be effective for women in the post-menopause phase of life who have metabolic syndrome according to WebMD.


Mental Health America cites the supplement as being beneficial to fight the symptoms of depression as well as sadness, fatigue, hostility, anxiety and possibly panic disorder.

 Bipolar Disorder

The supplement can be used to ease some of the side effects of taking lithium, most notably psoriasis, in people with bipolar disorder, according to WebMD.

Mental Health America states that it also has had some effectiveness treating symptoms of bipolar disorder itself.  

Panic Disorder

Numerous studies reviewed and catalogued by health expert Dr. Mercola show that the supplement can be used to effectively treat panic disorder symptoms.

Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome in Infants

Some infants born prematurely can develop a life-threatening condition called acute respiratory distress syndrome.

As WebMD reports, giving the supplement via IV in a hospital setting (NICU) can decrease several serious side effects, including bleeding in the brain, blindness and death.

Eating Disorders

Several research studies have examined how taking the supplement may benefit people struggling to recover from various eating disorders, including bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder.

One double-blind study published in the International Journal of Eating Disorders showed that the supplement greatly outperformed the placebo for treating patients with both eating issues.


A number of research studies reviewed by health expert Dr. Josh Axe report good results when using the supplement to fight the progression of a number of types of cancer, including lung cancer, colon cancer, prostate cancer and breast cancer.

It is thought to possibly work by boosting the effectiveness of chemotherapy.

Premenstrual Syndrome

The supplement may be useful as well for combatting some of the difficult symptoms associated with PMS, or premenstrual syndrome.

The Journal of Human Psychopharmacology reported that one particular form of the supplement delivered a reduction in discomfort and depression symptoms for patients diagnosed with PMDD (Pre-Menstrual Dysphoric Disorder).

Weight Management

In an ever-escalating global epidemic of overweight and obesity, the supplement may prove vital to help stabilize blood sugar and support weight management.

Other reports show the supplement can improve the human body's responsiveness (sensitivity) to insulin, which helps to stabilize blood sugar, reduce cravings and control weight gain.


Because of how the supplement works to improve insulin sensitivity and stabilize blood sugar, as well as evidence it performs well to reduce risk of gestational diabetes, there is evidence to suggest the supplement may also be useful in treating diabetes.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) 

The American Journal of Psychiatry published results of a study showing that patients diagnosed with obsessive compulsive disorder, or OCD, experienced a significant reduction in symptoms while taking the supplement. Patients taking a placebo showed no reduction in symptoms.

Where Is It Found?

Vitamin B8 is widely available in its natural state in plants, animals and people. It can also be readily found in many foods. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition outlined a number of common food groups that contain one popular form of the supplement used to treat a number of different health issues.  

Food groups high in the supplement include fresh fruits and vegetables, beans, nuts and grains. It is important the foods be fresh and not canned, frozen or salted.

Specific foods cited as being high in the supplement include these: various nuts, sprouted beans and grains, oats, bran, bell peppers, tomatoes, asparagus, potatoes, coconut and coconut products, organic eggs, pears, cantaloupe, peaches, oranges, citrus, bananas, grass-fed beef and dark leafy greens.

 It is also possible to take it in supplement form either as a powder or in a capsule (the capsule usually contains a smaller amount of powder inside). The form you select should match your dosage - powder is easier if you are taking a larger dose while capsules can be easier for smaller doses and for when you are on the go or traveling.

What Is the Recommended Dosage?

It is very important to adjust your dosage for the type of health issue you want to address.

Dosing instructions will be different for premature infants and for adults. For adults, doses can range from 2 grams up to 18 grams depending on the health issue being addressed.  

In addition to adjusting the dosage to the condition, it is important to choose the right form of the supplement (nine separate forms exist). For this, it is best to talk with your health practitioner or physician.

When in doubt, always follow the manufacturer's dosing instructions and start with the lowest possible dosage until you see how your body is going to react. Never give a supplement to a child without medical supervision.

Are There Side Effects?

There are few documented side effects. Nausea, dizziness, headache and fatigue are possible side effects of taking the supplement.  

Side effects can increase when increasing the dosage, which is another good reason to start with the minimum recommended dosage at first.

Who Can Use It?

While at this time there are no documented interactions to be aware of, to be safe, always take the advice of your physician before adding any new supplement to your existing health and treatment plan.

Since the supplement is used for improving fertility and reducing the risk of gestational diabetes, it is thought to be safe to take even if you are pregnant or trying to conceive. However, always talk with your ob-gyn before starting to take the supplement.


Heating Pad for Neck and Lower Back Pain Relief

A heating pad can help relieve both neck and lower back pain. Back pain accounts for 264 million work days lost every year in America. That means that if you're in pain right now, you're in good company. If you've been suffering from back pain it can feel like you've tried everything to make it go away. Read on to learn how to use a heating pad for neck and lower back pain relief.

Pain Treatment

Too often, individuals neglect the joints in their bodies and the functions they perform on a regular basis. Without the joints, the body could not move and operate properly. When joint pain occurs it is imperative that you understand what is causing the pain and why. It should be treated or at least managed to avoid further problems. If you suffer from joint pain you probably experience extreme discomfort. Read on for the basics on how to treat and manage your joint pain.

Degenerative Joint Disease and Treatments

Degenerative joint disease, also called osteoarthritis or OA, is a common condition. As people age, joints undergo a lot of wear and tear where the cartilage in the joint, that serves as the joint “cushion” thins and deteriorates. Chronic, repetitive motions inflame joints and damages precious cartilage over the years.  Any joint can become degenerative, but the hips, knees, hands, and the spine are the most commonly affected. I have it in all of those places.

Pain Treatment

One of the top sports injuries today is a knee injury. Athletes commonly suffer from knee injuries because their knees are unfortunately not protected and therefore more susceptible to injury. Sadly, for some athletes, knee injuries are not only painful they are also career ending. Because of this, protecting the knees becomes a priority. Athletes are not the only ones that suffer from knee related injuries. This type of pain affects many people. Read on for a basic guide to the knee problems that can affect you or those around you.

How to Get Bunion Pain Relief

Bunions are painful and unsightly, and incredibly common. About a quarter of all adults suffer from bunions (me included). But is surgery the only option for relieving bunion pain? I’ve had quite a few surgeries and just can’t get on board for yet another one, so I treat my bunion pain with home treatments to relieve the pain. In this post, I’ll discuss the many different, and inexpensive products and methods you can use to relieve bunion pain and either delay or avoid surgery altogether.

Best Pillows for Neck Pain Relief

The right pillow can make all the difference when it comes to neck pain. Millions of Americans suffer from chronic or occasional neck pain. Over half of working adults in the U.S. admit to suffering from neck pain at least once in the past year. When the pain travels down into the lower back, it is also the leading cause of disability worldwide.

Pain Treatment

Every time a person looks anywhere they move their neck. Their neck is responsible for so much. It holds up the head and supports the beginning of the digestive system. Most people take their neck for granted until they realize how useful it was during after an accident. Once they experience this severe neck pain, they realize how much value their neck is and begin to appreciate and wish that their neck were functioning fully and that it was completely pain free. Read on for basic information on neck pain and some of the ways it is treated.

How to Use a TENS unit

I love my TENS unit. It's one of my front line weapons for my back pain relief. If you've never used a TENS unit, read on. I'll tell you what it is, how it treats pain, and how to use TENS to get relief from back pain.


About Me

Pain Relief

I’m the Lady in Pain, welcome! I’m Sophie, and I have been in pain of various types and severity most of my life. I love helping others that are struggling with ways to alleviate their pain as I’ve tried almost everything myself.

My favorite things include cozy mysteries, pain free days that get me outside, and cake. I hope you’ll find something to help you from my arsenal of pain relief attempts. Many have helped me, and I hope to save you from wasting your money on those that didn’t.