Inositol and other Nutrients for Harm OCD
Inositol, considered by many to be a natural remedy for a variety of health conditions, including anxiety and depression, has been reported to help reduce the symptoms of OCD with effectiveness equal to SSRIs, without SSRIs side-effects.
What is Inositol?
Inositol is a chemical compound found in human cells as well as all animal tissues and foods such as beans, cantaloupe, oranges, stone ground wheat bread, oatmeal, peanut butter, almonds, and eggplant.
Can Inositol help cure Harm OCD?
Harm OCD is symptomatic of a nervous system that is worn down, malnourished and simply unable to function properly, and so proper rest and nutritional support is very much advised as you strive to recover.
In this regard Inositol’s value is in its function in cell growth and the construction of the myelin sheath, a white fatty substance protecting axons projecting from your nerve cells, which, due to prolonged stress or illness, thins, leaving your nerve endings exposed to the aggravating effects of excess adrenaline, as is the case with Harm OCD.
In addition, Inositol is key in the formation of the two most important neurotransmitters in our brains — serotonin and acetylcholine — and deficiency in either has long been known to be detrimental to our health as well as our emotional well-being.
Because we naturally produce Inositol ourselves, by breaking down glucose in the body, Inositol is not commonly held to be an essential part of our diet. Nevertheless, as a form of nutritional therapy it has been found through diet and supplement form to give many positive benefits.
Generally it is considered a very safe supplement to ingest, although side effects do occur, such as stomach upset, nausea, runny bowel movements, and in severe cases, vomiting.
Some people may also experience headache, appetite loss, or dizziness when taking Inositol supplements. In rare cases, flushing or itching may develop as well.
As mention Inositol is found in many foods and it is easy to include as part of a healthy diet, with “beans, cantaloupe, oranges, stone ground wheat bread, oatmeal, peanut butter, almonds, and eggplant”, amongst its best sources.
Nevertheless to make sure of consuming significant enough levels of Inositol to treat your Harm OCD, you may want to consider its use in supplement form.
Therapeutical usage of Inositol tends to require high doses, with the standard use being between 14-18g daily. You may want consult first with your doctor or nutritional therapist for guidance on how much Inositol is best for you, although apart from the aforementioned side effects there doesn’t seem to be much cause for concern regards over dosage.
Indeed, comparing these side-effects to the side-effects of SSRI medication, which include temporary worsening of depression/anxiety, a small chance of suicidal feelings, sleeplessness, temporary sexual impotence or other sexual malfunctions, etc. it would seem safe to say that any secondary effects of consuming Inositol are somewhat incidental.
However, a few Words of Caution
Although research is inconclusive, it is generally advised that pregnant women not to take Inositol supplements until more is known about them. Likewise if you suffer from very pronounced mood swings and/or bipolar disorder it’s probably best to abstain from taking Inositol in supplement form. At this time, there is not enough information available to advise well in this regard.
Medical consultation is also advised prior to Inositol supplementation if:
- you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement;
- if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances;
- if you have severe liver problems or disease, kidney problems, diabetes, gout, gallbladder disease, chest pain, heart disease, an active peptic ulcer, arterial bleeding, or severely low blood pressure;
- if you have a history of stomach ulcer or heart attack, or you drink alcohol on a regular basis
Worth noting also is your caffeine consumption. Be careful not to drink a lot of coffee. It destroys Inositol, and excessive coffee drinking can also result in a general depletion of Inositol from your diet.
Indeed, coffee and other stimulants such as alcohol should be avoided while you are recovering from Harm OCD.
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