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When insulin binds to its receptor on the cell, it “unlocks” and releases secondary messengers. There are two insulin mediators or messenger molecules - Myo inositol and D’chiro inositol that let the cell know it needs to respond to insulin. Inositol-phospho-glycan, (IPG) cleaves to either myo-inositol or D’chiro-inositol. D’chiro inositol, (DC-IPG), signals to the cell to either burn or store sugar. While Myo- IPG signals to produce testosterone.
So, when D’chiro inositol, DC-IPG signals the cell to either burn or store sugar, the sugar gets used and insulin is reduced, which triggers Myo-IPG to stop producing testosterone. But some people genetically cannot produce enough DC-IPG. Without enough DC-IPG telling the cells to dispose of sugar, it in turn keeps insulin high, AKA, insulin resistance, which doesn’t trigger Myo-IPG to stop producing testosterone, keeping it high. Women with Poly Cystic Ovary Syndrome, (PCOS), generally have an elevated testosterone due to her body’s inability to convert to DC-IPG.
A special note to you guys out there: this is only referring to testosterone secreted by the “theca” cells in the ovary not the testes. So, DCI will not affect your testosterone secretion.
Besides helping PCOS, inositol has many important benefits. Studies have shown that it reduces triglyceride levels, increases HDL (“good”) cholesterol, and decreases blood pressure. Inositol may also reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes and gestational diabetes, while it may improve the risk factors of metabolic syndrome. Infertility may be caused by hormonal imbalances. DCI has been shown to normalize menstrual cycles and help restore ovulation.
Another factor about Inositol is it functions as a secondary messenger for serotonin and dopamine, neurotransmitters that send signals back and forth between the brain and other systems in the body. Low levels of inositol may disrupt this signaling, possibly resulting in mood disorders and impaired mental health. So just to recap, research finds DCI has been shown to:
But wait that’s not all! See what else DCI is good for in Part 2. DCI, Gets the Good Housekeeping Seal of Efficiency!
Studies are now showing that D’chiro-inositol, (DCI) increases autophagy. Autopha what???
Okay, here we go down the rabbit hole:
As a normal part of metabolic processes in the human body, cells are constantly becoming damaged. It gets worse as we age, experience stress, and deal with more and more free radical damage, (see previous blogs on free radicals). This is where autophagy comes in: simply put autophagy is the bodies housekeeping mechanism which involves clearing damaged cells from the body, including old cells that serve no functional purpose but still linger inside tissues and organs. The reason it’s so important to remove old and damaged cells is because they can trigger inflammatory pathways and contribute to various diseases.
Another cool thing about our housekeeping system is the autophagy process basically works by using waste produced inside cells to create new “building materials” that aid in repair and regeneration. It our body’s most efficient cellular recycling program. Research shows autophagy:
Dr. Stuart has just formulated Neuro Biologix’ new DCI formula Metabolic Stimulator, which combines D-Chiro-Inositol and 4 other nutrient cofactors to enhance the necessary biochemical steps needed for intracellular energy. Following a well-balanced diet and daily exercise can positively impact your metabolism. Adding Metabolic Stimulator to your daily routine could help regulate glucose levels and ensure insulin functions remain at their highest capabilities as well as support autophagy and help to reduce inflammation.