1. What is IP6 Health?
IP6 Health is a supplement containing both inositol and IP6 (Calcium/Magnesium hexaphosphate). It is made from rice bran. Inositol is a B vitamin and is also the “I” in IP6. There is debate as to whether IP6 should also be considered our newest vitamin, but at this time it has not been officially designated as a vitamin.
2. Is IP6 Health Safe?
This natural antioxidant is a very safe food based supplement. However, there are two main instances when one should exercise caution and discontinue or lower the dosage. The first is with pregnancy, as it has not been tested specifically with expectant mothers. The second is with patients who are on blood thinners or are expecting to have an operation. This supplement has an inhibitory affect on our platelets, which under normal circumstances is considered a benefit. Please see the IP6 Health Safety page for more info.
3. Is IP6 fiber?
No, it exists in both plant and animal cells, but the confusion arises because the highest concentrations are found in fiber, especially insoluble fiber. In fact IP6 is found in many places, including the soil and in all of our own cells.
4. What are natural sources of IP6?
To get levels high enough to influence our health we rely on plant sources, legumes and grains predominantly. Corn happens to have the highest levels. However as a supplement, IP6 is often extracted from the bran of rice, which is removed when brown rice is polished and converted into white rice. The reality is that by eating white rice one is missing out on the health benefits of IP6. The amount of IP6 in common food sources: Barley: 1.0% Rice: 2.2% Beans: 2.5% Sesame: 5.3% Corn: 0 to 6.4% Soy: 0.1 0.1 to 1.8% Oats: 0.8% Sunflower Seeds: 1.9% Peanuts: 1.9% Wheat: .1 to 4.8% Peas: 0.9%
5. How much calcium and magnesium are there in IP6 Health?
For every 1000 milligrams of IP6 Health there are approximately 152 milligrams of calcium and 47 milligrams of magnesium. As a rule of thumb you can say that IP6 is 15% calcium and 5% magnesium.
6. Since the IP6 molecule is a natural chelating agent, do I need to worry about losing calcium?
No, if anything IP6 Health provides far more calcium and magnesium than it can remove. When we consume IP6 it has calcium and magnesium bound to it. Even at conservative estimates, the supplement would supply at least 33 times more calcium and magnesium than it can remove, via its natural chelating effect. This is because on average only 1 to 3% of IP6 is excreted via the kidneys, which is a means by which minerals are lost. In other words, with IP6 we are taking in at least 33 times more calcium than we can lose in the urine. As further proof of IP6’s safety as relates to calcium, new early stage research indicates that the higher the IP6 dietary consumption, the stronger the bones. This certainly would not be the case if IP6 led to lost or depleted calcium levels.
7. What is inositol?
Inositol is as a B vitamin, but oddly enough a RDA has never been established. Inositol is the “I” in IP6 and provides the structure for the IP6 molecule. Having the small basic structure the two molecules are very closely related and have been shown to complement each other’s health benefits.
8. Is IP6 a B vitamin?
There is debate as to whether IP6 should also be considered a vitamin. Vitamins are a group of substances that help regulate metabolism and are essential for normal cellular function, growth and development. With the exception of vitamin D, the body does not manufacture or synthesize vitamins. Because we do not make vitamins they must be supplied via the diet or in modern times via dietary supplements. A compound is considered a vitamin if a deficiency disease results when the levels of that vitamin in the diet are inadequate. IP6 is essential for normal functioning. A lack of IP6 in the diet results in overt symptoms of deficiency. IP6 is similar to vitamin D in that the body does in fact produce some. Vitamin D is produced providing we get sun exposure. However low levels of sun exposure can result in vitamin D deficiency. Similarly, a diet low in IP6 results in deficiency. Should IP6 be classified a vitamin just as vitamin D is? Perhaps, but more importantly it should be recognized as necessary for optimal health, as the body does not produce a satisfactory amount without a food source.
9. Why the name IP6?
IP6 is a rather strange name for a supplement. It sounds more like software or a model of six cylinder car. IP6 may have become the common term because inositol hexakiphosphate was too much of a mouthful for most people. Years ago IP6 was often referred to as phytate, which ironically when it was discovered in the 1800s, was thought of as an “anti-nutrient”. There are in fact several types of IP6, as various minerals can be bound to the molecule, such as sodium, iron, calcium and magnesium etc. IP6 Health contains calcium and magnesium. In nature IP6 is normally found with calcium and magnesium; how interesting that it occurs naturally in its most beneficial form.
10. Why is inositol added to IP6 in the same formula?
They are combined because the two molecules are similar and complement each other’s functions. The combination of the two has been shown to provide a more powerful immune response than either molecule alone and is the reason a US patent was awarded. In addition, the molecule inositol triphosphate or IP3 is known to promote and regulate healthy cell growth and division. By combining inositol with IP6, we are potentially doubling the IP3 content.
11. What about dosage?
For a healthy adult 3 to 4 capsules is a typical recommended dosage. The bottle of 240 caps will therefore last for 60 to 80 days at this dosage. Up to 8.8 grams or approx 14 capsules of IP6 were used safely for 2 years with no reported side effects. Up to 50 grams or 50,000 milligrams daily of straight inositol did not produce any unwanted affects. The question becomes; can one take more than 8.8 grams safely? The answer is uncertain, because this hasn’t been evaluated clinically. Please see the IP6 Health Safety page for more details.
12. Is IP6 Health best taken with food or on an empty stomach?
Either is fine, the difference between the two scenarios would be the amount absorbed. On an empty stomach you can expect a slightly higher absorbency rate.
13. The label and supplement facts?
Other ingredients: Hypromellose (derived from cellulose) capsule, LeucineAdult Dosage: Take 2 Capsules twice per day or as directed by a health professional.This product is free from artificial flavors and preservatives, and from corn, dairy, gluten, lactose, soy, sugar and yeast.Tamper resistant. Do not use if seal is broken. If pregnant or nursing, ask a doctor before use.Keep out of reach of children. Store in a cool, dry place.This product was manufactured in a pharmaceutical – level GMP facility. Purity and Potency Guaranteed.