Inofolic® Alpha FAQs
Is Inofolic Alpha allergen free
What is the difference between Inofolic Alpha and other myo-inositol products?
Inofolic Alpha contains Alpha-lactalbumin. Alpha-lactalbumin improves the intestinal absorption of myo-inositol, which is very important for the 40% of people who do not respond to myo-inositol alone. This may be due to changes in the microbiological population of the gut.
Alpha-lactalbumin rebalances the gut microbiological environment (microbiome) and reduces chronic inflammation – an underlying pathology in PCOS - thereby reducing the severity of PCOS and improving the effectiveness of myo-inositol.
Alpha-lactalbumin can also induce the synthesis of melatonin, which helps prevent mitochondrial damage in the egg (oocyte), resulting in improved egg quality.
Alpha-lactalbumin helps to improve oocyte quality, reduce chronic inflammation and improve the absorption of myo-inositol resulting in a much more effective treatment.
What is the difference between Inofolic Alpha and Inofolic?
Inofolic Alpha contains Myo-inositol and folic acid, the same as Inofolic. However, the reason Inofolic Alpha has a much higher success rate is because it also contains Alpha-lactalbumin. Alpha-lactalbumin increases the absorption of myo-inositol, improves the gut microbiome and reduces inflammation, which is an important underlying pathology of PCOS.
It is known that up to 40% of people do not respond to myo-inositol alone, but they do respond to Inofolic Alpha. Alpha-lactalbumin helps to improve oocyte quality, reduce chronic inflammation and improve the absorption of myo-inositol resulting in a much more effective treatment.
It is safe to take Impryl alongside Inofolic Alpha to support fertility in women with PCOS?
The two supplements are working on different mechanisms and will not interfere with each other. Although both products contain folate/folic acid, the combined folate dose is within normal guidelines.
Will I get pregnant?
Clinical trials have shown that women with PCOS who take Inofolic Alpha at the recommended dose for 3 months improve their menstrual cycle pattern indicating that they are ovulating. So PCOS women on Inofolic Alpha would expect a higher pregnancy rate than those not taking the product.
How much do I take a day?
It is recommended to take one sachet twice a day between meals.
In order to ensure a constant supply of inositol, it is recommended to take one sachet twice a day, about 12 hours apart. Add contents to 25-100ml of water, stir and drink.
How long should I take it for?
The egg that will be released at ovulation or harvested during an IVF cycle started development at least three months before. It is therefore important to start Inofolic Alpha 3 months before trying to conceive or undertaking fertility treatment and to remain on it during pregnancy.
What can I take it with?
Inofolic Alpha should be taken with a small glass of either still or sparkling water. It is best not to take it with sweetened drinks.
What does it look like?
Inofolic Alpha is a fine powder that is packaged in a sachet for protection. Each box contains 30 sachets: a month’s supply consists of 2 boxes with a total of 60 sachets - perfect for a dose of 2 sachets per day.
Should I take it on an empty stomach or with food?
It’s recommended to be taken on an empty stomach.
Is Inofolic Alpha flavoured?
No, it is virtually tasteless.
Is Inofolic Alpha suitable for vegetarians?
Is Inofolic Alpha it suitable for vegans?
Alpha-lactalbumin is a serum protein derived from dairy milk.
Can I take Inofolic Alpha if I am lactose intolerant?
Yes. There is no lactose in Inofolic Alpha.
Can I take two sachets of Inofolic Alpha at once?
Although taking two sachets at once will not cause harm, we would recommend taking one sachet twice a day 12 hours apart for maximum benefit.
What should I do if I forget to take Inofolic Alpha?
Inofolic Alpha is a nutritional supplement to be taken as part of a well-balanced diet. Skipping a dose does not constitute a problem but should it happen, just continue your dosing as scheduled. Should you forget several doses, just resume your normal pattern as soon as possible. Taking larger doses at one time would not compensate for previously skipped doses.
Be aware that forgetting to take Inofolic Alpha over a long period may reduce your benefit from the treatment.
Is it ok to take Inofolic Alpha with other medicines?
There is no evidence to show any negative interaction with medicines, however please also see answer below regarding folic acid. When taking any dietary supplement alongside other medication, it is always advisable to consult your doctor/ pharmacist.
Can I take Inofolic Alpha as well as Folic acid?
The daily combined amount of two sachets of Inofolic Alpha is equal to 400 mcg folic acid. Folic acid is a water-soluble vitamin so ‘overdose’ is not a risk if you are taking an additional pre-pregnancy vitamin tablet that contains folic acid.
It is quite commonplace to be taking 800 mcg per day, which is what you would be taking if you take both Inofolic Alpha and Impryl. Although safe, higher daily amounts than this should only be taken under medical supervision from your doctor. Some women are recommended to take higher doses of folic acid (if they have a raised BMI, a history of ‘neural tube’ defects, such as spina bifida, in previous pregnancies or are taking anti-epileptic medicines).
How many calories are there in Inofolic Alpha?
Less than 5 calories per sachet.
Are there any side effects?
Even at much higher doses than those recommended, there are no side effects.
Is it safe to take whilst breast feeding?
Is it okay to take whilst on the contraceptive pill?
Yes. Some women with PCOS are started on the contraceptive pill to help with other symptoms of PCOS such as irregular periods, acne and excessive hair growth. Inofolic Alpha has been shown to help improve these symptoms in PCOS women. Moreover, some women take Inofolic Alpha to treat these androgenic symptoms but may not want to become pregnant, so remain on the contraceptive pill.
Can I order this from a retail pharmacy?
When will I receive my order?
Orders received before 2pm Monday to Friday will be delivered the next working day. Orders received after 2pm will be processed the following day and delivered on the next working day after that.
I have a query about my order, can you help?
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