Inositol

What is Inositol?
Inositol is an amino compound that the body needs for a variety of processes, including the building of cell membranes and the proper functioning of the brain, nerves, and muscles. Inositol helps to facilitate the communication of cells to one another, and the cells’ response to hormones and chemicals released from the body’s neurotransmitters. Inositol was previously considered a member of the vitamin B-complex, but this classification was nullified when it was discovered that the body actually produces the compound itself.

What are the health benefits of Inositol?
Inositol, as a naturally occurring compound in the body or when consumed in one’s diet, is primarily used in the treatment of liver conditions, diabetes, obsessive compulsive disorder, and panic disorder. It has been found that people suffering from clinical depression have decreased levels of inositol in their cerebrospinal fluid, and treatment therapies for depression have included its use. A double-blind study has been conducted that supports the claim that inositol helps reduce the symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder.

What foods are good sources of Inositol?
Inositol can be found in a variety of foods including cereals with high bran content, wheat germ, brewer’s yeast, nuts, beans, unrefined molasses, raisins, and fruits such as bananas, cantaloupes, and oranges.

Are there other ways to take Inositol?
Dietary supplements of inositol are available as well. However, there is no recommended daily allowance for inositol.

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