In this article, we take a look at six supplements that begin with the letter I as yet another entry in our alphabetized blog series. For those who are seeking information on lesser-known but worthwhile supplements, this list should be incredibly and indelibly intriguing for you.
Finding the Right Supplement For You
A couple of these ‘I’ supplements are commonly known and popularized for their potential benefits, others tend to receive less attention. In the realm of supplements, home remedies, and at-home medicine, it is so easy to overlook a product that could be of particular help to you, or your family.
Six Great “I” Supplements
All of the supplements discussed here have at least one potential benefit. Some of them are backed by substantial scientific evidence, others not so much. However, they are all safe and all have the potential to prove worthwhile. Still, it’s wise to consult with a medical professional before taking a supplement for the first time.
Inosine is a substance categorized as a nucleoside, and is commonly found in human muscle tissue. Athletes have used inosine to improve athletic performance since the 1970s, and there are studies showing its potential for bolstering muscle growth. It is often found in supplements containing multiple ingredients, which are designed to boost muscle growth. Inosine also has the potential to aid individuals suffering from multiple sclerosis and other neurological conditions, but science on these benefits is still being established.
Inulin is a prebiotic dietary fiber that is found in plants. Inulin is not digested by the stomach; rather, it is consumed by the healthy bacteria that are present in the stomach. As a result, it has the potential to aid in the digestive process, as well as improve the state of one’s gut microbiome, and prevent overeating. Inulin is especially attractive, because it is actually sweet, and is commonly found in some stevia sweetener products.
Iodine is an essential mineral, meaning that the human body needs it, yet it must be sourced and consumed from external sources. Iodine is essential for proper thyroid function and hormone production. People generally get enough iodine on a regular basis, the bulk of it supplied by iodized salt. However, rare incidences of iodine deficiency do occur. Iodine is especially useful for fetal development, as well as the brain and cognitive development of babies and young children.
IP-6 (Inositol) is a vitamin-like substance found in various plants such as nuts as well as cereals and legumes. Among other uses, inositol is thought to be useful in preventing kidney stones when consumed in tandem with an otherwise healthy diet. It might also be useful in bolstering the immune system and preventing heart disease.
Ipriflavone is a manmade substance that is produced in a laboratory from a compound found in soy plants. Ipriflavone can be found as an oral supplement. It is most known for its potential in treating osteoporosis. Ipriflavone is often taken to reduce the pain associated with osteoporosis, and it might even be effective in increasing the bone strength of women with osteoporosis. It’s thought to be especially effective when taken alongside estrogen and/or calcium.
Iron is an essential nutrient, and very important for the human body. Iron is critically important for the body’s oxygen transportation, since it is necessary to produce hemoglobin, which is found in all red blood cells. Iron deficiency can lead to anemia, and this is fairly common. Symptoms of anemia include dizziness and fatigue, and iron deficiency can increase the risk of heart issues and fibromyalgia. Taking an iron supplement can help prevent these issues, and can also bolster cognitive health and athletic performance.
The above ‘I’ supplements all might have a place in your medicine cabinet, depending on your needs and preferences. If any of these seem possibly helpful for you or a family member, talk to your doctor about them. When combined with a healthy diet and lifestyle, one or more of these just might be of great help.