PRODUCT FAQ's

Most commonly asked questions about DCI

The following is for informational purposes only:

 

prescription-bottle-logo.pngPrescription Drugs and their relationships with Chiral Balance 600mg D-chiro-inositol.

The short answer is that DCI is not known to interfere with any medications. We don't recommend you take it with androgen antagonists, but only because they may both work too well.

We always recommend you speak to your doctor before combining any supplement with prescription drugs.


Oral Contraceptives

Oral contraceptive pills do not interfere with the function of DCI or vice versa. However, taking birth control can mask the symptoms of PCOS, making it difficult to evaluate whether DCI is having the desired effects. Always consult your physician before discontinuing a birth control regimen.


Spironolactone

Spironolactone (brand names: Aldactone and Spiractin) is an aldosterone antagonist and moderates responsiveness to androgens as well. The medication is often prescribed to manage some of the symptoms of PCOS related to hyperandrogenism, such as hirsutism, androgenic alopecia, and acne. Spironolactone is an anti-diuretic. The medication's anti-androgenic effects are secondary and result from competitively binding to androgen receptors, thereby preventing testosterone and dihydrotestosterone from acting. The drug has side effects.


birth-control-graphic.pngDCI addresses hyperandrogenism by restoring insulin sensitivity, while Spironolactone addresses the elevated testosterone. Their very distinct mechanisms suggest little likelihood for interaction. However, we do not recommend that you take DCI with spironolactone or other androgen antagonists unless directed by your physician.

 

Metformin

Metformin (brand names: Glucophage, Glumetza, Fortamet and Riomet) addresses the insulin resistance commonly associated with PCOS. This drug inhibits gluconeogenesis and may strengthen the interaction between insulin and its receptors, thereby enhancing the insulin response. For some people, metformin effectively normalizes insulin sensitivity and can promote ovulation. Metformin has side effects.


DCI addresses insulin resistance in a different way. There is evidence that women with PCOS are deficient in DCI. Taking DCI supplements ensures your the body has sufficient DCI to respond to to insulin normally. DCI has shown no side effects in clinical trials.


DCI addresses the suggested cause of insulin resistance, whereas, Metformin addresses the symptoms. Consequently, no interaction between Chiral Balance DCI and Metformin has been reported.


TZD Drugs

Thiazolidinediones such as Actos and Avandia are prescribed to address the insulin resistance commonly associated with PCOS. Called TZD drugs or Glitazones, these drugs are often tried after metformin. Avandia and metformin are sometimes prescribed simultaneously as the combination drug Avandamet. The drugs bind to PPARs, a modulating transcription of insulin-sensitive genes related to metabolism. In a sense, these drugs circumvent the steps of insulin signal transduction that are dysfunctional in insulin resistance. TZD drugs have side effects.


DCI addresses insulin resistance in a different way. There is evidence that women with PCOS are deficient in DCI. A DCI supplement ensures the body has sufficient DCI to respond to insulin normally.


DCI addresses the suggested cause of insulin resistance whereas TZD drugs address the symptoms. DCI showed no side effects in clinical trials.


Clomid/Clomiphene Citrate

The drug clomiphene citrate (brand names: Clomid, Clomifert, Serophene, Milophene) is used to induce ovulation and is a common drug used in treating infertility due to anovulation. DCI can be taken safely in conjunction with clomiphene. The insulin sensitizer N-acetyl-cysteine (NAC) has been found in one clinical trial to improve the effectiveness of clomiphene. DCI, like NAC, is also an insulin sensitizer and consequently may also improve results for a course of clomiphene. In summary, DCI can be taken safely in conjunction with clomiphene, and it may even be beneficial

 

two-cartoon-capsules-logo.pngDOSING- How should I take my Chiral Balance D-chiro-inositol?

In the original studies of D-chiro-inositol (DCI), DCI was administered in the morning before food. For that reason, Chiral Balance recommends this time of day. We also recommend taking Chiral Balance DCI with water, because the supplement is a water-soluble nutrient.

Our recommendation—again, based on the major clinical trials—is to take one 600 mg capsule for every 130 pounds of body weight. That is, is you weigh less than 130 pounds, take one capsule per day; if you weigh between 130 and 260, take take two capsules per day.

It is important to take Chiral Balance DCI on a regular schedule. If you forget or miss a dose, take the missed dose as soon as possible and resume your regular schedule the next day

Are there any added ingredients to DCI?

No. Each capsule contains 600 mg of pure DCI—no fillers, additives, adjuncts, excipients, or binders. We believe we are the only only company that can say this - if you find a DCI capsule without fillers let us know!


Is it vegan?

Yes. The capsule is made of hypromellose, a vegetable material.


Can I get DCI from diet?

There are few foods that contain DCI. This is why your body must make it from myo-inositol.


Why is DCI so expensive?

Because DCI is so rare in nature, it cannot simply be extracted form plants like myo. Our DCI is made by extracting pinitol (another form of inositol) from carob, then converting the pinitol to DCI. This is a difficult process that only a few companies in the word perform.


pregnant-woman-logo-with-love-heart.pngIs D-chiro-inositol safe during pregnancy and while breastfeeding?

While the expected risk to the child would be negligible, D-chiro-inositol has never been evaluated in a clinical trial for its use or safety during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. It is unknown whether it is safe, and therefore the question of whether to use it during pregnancy or while breastfeeding is best made in conjunction with your physician who can help weigh the benefits and risks.


Will I lose weight if I take DCI?

It is possible. But please understand that we do not present DCI as a weight loss supplement. To do so would be irresponsible.


Will I regrow hair?

Again, it is possible. DCI may correct an insulin resistance issue that leads to hair loss.


Will I need to take Chiral Balance D-chiro-inositol forever?

Whatever benefits you experience from using Chiral Balance D-chiro-inositol will continue as long as you use the supplement as a natural part of healthy metabolism. Any symptoms Chiral Balance D-chiro-inositol has relieved will likely return if you stop taking the supplement.

 

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Most commonly asked questions about Tri Sense

What is Tri sense used for?
Tri Sense is for assisting the body to regulate blood sugar.
While is a perfect addition to a PCOS protocol, these glucose control supplements can be helpful for anyone wanting to address insulin resistance issues such as metabolic syndrome or diabetes.

Is Tri Sense natural?
Yes, Chiral Balance is all about natural alternatives! Tri Sense is made from 5 natural ingredients:leaf-graphic.png

cinnamon extract
green tea extract
chromium
manganese
vitamin D3

This formula uses only leucine, an essential amino acid, as a flow agent.
There are no other inactive ingredients, besides the vegetable capsule.
No preservatives, no artificial colors or flavors.

What's the recommended dosage for Chiral Balance Tri sense?
As a dietary supplement, take 1 capsule daily - WITH  FOOD.
We do not recommend taking any powerful herbal supplements on a empty stomach.

Each bottle contains 30 capsules.
Serving size: 1 capsule.
Servings per bottle: 30

We do not recommend taking more than one Tri Sense a day.

Can I combine Tri Sense with NAC or ALA?
If you need stronger support for disposing of blood sugar, you might try adding NAC or ALA to your regimen.
Either can make a difference in your sugar disposal rates. However, any new addition like those should be used with caution. Driving your blood sugar too low can be unpleasant and even dangerous; known as hypoglycemia. Talk it through with your health professional, and keep snacks handy!

I'm already taking Manganese - should I add Tri Sense?
Chiral Balance Tri Sense contains 2mg of Manganese Citrate.
The National Institute of Health advises against more than 11 milligrams of manganese per day for adults.
 
Most daily multivitamins contain about 2 milligrams, including our Women's Formula AM+PM.
So if you were to take both Tri Sense and Women's Formula AM+PM you would be getting 4mgs of Manganese daily - which is well below the Tolerable Upper Intake Levels (UL), the highest level of intake.

If you are getting manganese from other supplements as well, do the math and make sure you are within the the recommended range.

coffee-bean-graphic.pngDoes tri sense contain caffeine?
Yes. Please be aware that green tea extract contains a small amount of caffeine, approximately 4 milligrams per capsule.
For comparison,
a cup of green tea contains 24-45 milligrams of caffeine;
a cup of brewed coffee contains 100-200 milligrams.

Will I lose weight if I take Tri Sense?
It is possible. Many customers have reported weight loss. Tri Sense ingredients can kick start a slow metabolism. But please understand that we do not present Tri Sense as a weight loss supplement. To do so would be irresponsible - Chiral Balance's focus is on overall wellness.

Is Tri Sense safe during pregnancy and while breastfeeding?
Tri Sense and many of it's ingredients, have never been evaluated in a clinical trial for its use or safety during pregnancy or while breastfeeding.

It is unknown whether it is safe, and therefore the question of whether to use it during pregnancy or while breastfeeding is best made in conjunction with your physician who can help weigh the benefits and risks.

 
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Most common questions about Saw Palmetto + Milk Thistle

 

Precautions: pregnancy and breastfeeding
This product contains herbal agents like can act similarly to hormones.
DO NOT USE if breastfeeding or pregnant.

Also, Saw palmetto might slow blood clotting. Taking saw palmetto along with medications that also slow clotting might increase the chances of bruising and bleeding.

woman-hair-graphic-with-sparkles.pngWhat is Saw palmetto used for?
Many common signs of PCOS can be caused by the presence of too much male hormone (specifically, DHT). This can cause symptoms such as:

  • Loss of head hair
  • Unwanted body hair
  • Darkened skin in the underarms, neck & groin
  • Skin tags
  • Early-onset of liver spots
  • Saw Palmetto can slow the formation of DHT


What is milk thistle used for?
Milk Thistle is famous for liver cleansing.
Some herbalists believe Milk Thistle can provide heart benefits by lowering cholesterol levels and diabetes in people who have type 2 diabetes, but not enough precise testing has been done up to this point.
The active ingredient silymarin is known as an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. Our milk thistle seed extract is 80% silymarin.

Is Saw Palmetto and Milk Thistle natural?
Yes.  
Milk Thistle is flowering herb used as a natural treatment for all kinds of liver problems. It repairs damage while also protecting from further stress.

Saw Palmetto is type of palm tree. Its ripe fruit is used to make herbal remedies.

This formula uses only leucine, an essential amino acid, as a flow agent.
There are no other inactive ingredients, besides the vegetable capsule.
No preservatives, no artificial colors or flavors.

Recommended dosage for Chiral Balance Saw Palmetto & Milk Thistle?two-cartoon-capsules-logo.png
As a dietary supplement, we recommend 1 capsule twice daily - with a meal.
If you find 1 a day works best for you then great!

We do not recommend taking any powerful herbal supplements on a empty stomach.

Each bottle contains 60 capsules.
Serving size: 1 capsule - twice daily.
Servings per bottle: 60

Isn't Saw Palmetto for men?
Not ONLY for men. It's true, Saw palmetto is commonly used for decreasing symptoms of an enlarged prostate and to prevent complications from prostate surgery.
 
However, women with high levels of testosterone find benefits too. WWPCOS (women with PCOS) use it to help prevent testosterone from being converted to a more potent form of testosterone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT).

It is thought that some types of scalp hair loss and facial hair growth are caused by increased sensitivity of hair follicles to DHT. Reduced levels of DHT may help prevent these types of issues.

Does Saw Palmetto & Milk Thistle contain caffeine?
No. Any feelings of energy and mental clarity are probably just due to better liver function.

Will I lose weight if I take Saw Palmetto & Milk Thistle?
Your liver is your bodies clearing house, as it functions better, weight loss is a possible outcome.
However, please understand that we do not present Saw Palmetto & Milk Thistle as a weight loss supplement. To do so would be irresponsible - Chiral Balance's focus is on wellness.




 

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Most common questions about Women' Formula AM+PM

 


I'm already taking Manganese with Tri Sense - should I add Women's Formula?

The National Institute of Health advises against more than 11 milligrams of manganese per day for adults.

Chiral Balance Tri Sense contains 2mg of Manganese Citrate. Most daily multivitamins contain about 2 milligrams, including our Women's Formula AM+PM.

So if you were to take both Tri Sense and Women's Formula AM+PM you would be getting 4mgs of Manganese daily

- which is well below the Tolerable Upper Intake Levels (UL), the highest level of intake.

 If you are getting manganese from other supplements as well, do the math and make sure you are within the the recommended range.

 

More Women's Formula FAQs coming soon.

 

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Are Chiral Balance Products FDA approved?
Our products are not FDA approved because they are all-natural nutritional supplements. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves drugs as treatments for certain diseases; however, the FDA cannot approve nutritional supplements in the same way.
Instead, the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA) defines whether or not a product is a nutritional supplement. The DSHEA defines our products as nutritional supplements, and therefore the FDA does not regulate them.

The Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA) states there can be no limits set on the consumption of nutritional supplements. As a result of this legislation, the FDA does not control the sale of nutritional supplements such as vitamins, minerals, and herbal  medicines.