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Wooden spoon filled with white inositol capsules


Inositol hexaphosphate (IP6), more commonly known as phytic acid or phytate (the salt form), is a naturally-occurring compound. It is a source of phosphate in many plants and is abundant in foods such as cereals, grains and legumes.

IP6 is not digestible by people; in fact, it can chelate minerals in the gut, inhibiting their absorption.

IP6 alone does not appear to have been used in any clinical studies. However, it has been used in combination with myo-inositol (also known as inositol) in preliminary research to reduce side effects of cancer therapy in women with breast cancer. There is one report of this combination used by a man with advanced skin cancer who, as reported by his doctors at the Mayo Clinic, entered remission.

Myo-inositol itself has been used for many other conditions, most notably polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), with some evidence of benefit.

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Note: Do not confuse inositol hexaphosphate with inositol hexanicotinate — a form of niacin found in some supplements.

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May 24, 2021

I have been reading a lot about myo inositol and D Chiro Inositol for improvements in insulin resistance and possibly Alzheimer's , but most articles concern PCOS in women. Would love to see a Consumer Labs reports on other uses or inositols and product reviews.

harold jitschak17478
January 20, 2019

Thank you.
Since some 30 years or longer I have been prescribing IP6 [mostly from Enzymatic therapy]whenever possible -as supportive therapy- for ANY cancer [solid or not]
I started doing this after I treated 2 older patients for pancreatic cancer who did not wanted any other intervention and who lived for MANY years thereafter[sorry , I don't recall precisely and don't want to fancy about the amount of years they still Iived[ I was so impressed that IP6 became a routine supplement for me for whoever had no problem with spacing the supplement far from meals and other medicines.
-at least one cancer patient average per week over at least the last 35 years [from 1980 until now]
My overall impression is that this supplement should have been tested since long or for the sake of all difficult cases been described-scientifically proven or not- .....maybe those reading this may want to try this supplement to save their life if possible.....and if I am wrong one has spent money for nothing.
There is not conflict of any interest from my side.

March 19, 2019

You noted "Enzymatic therapy" in your posting. What is that? Where can I get info? Thank you, again.

April 22, 2019

That's the name of the company that makes the supplement recommended by Harold.

July 9, 2021

I think the brand is Enzymatic Therapy, you can purchase at online retailer Swanson.

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