Inositol : The vitamin that promotes healthy brain development and function, and works closely with choline to move fats out of the heart and liver.

Inositol, which also goes by the name cyclohexane, is a glucose isomer, which has an important role to play in the body. It is said to be a member of vitamin B complex. Myo-inositol is used by the body to form phospholipids, which are incorporated into the brain and other tissues.

Inosital aids in the metabolism of  fats. It is good for regulating hormone function and controlling cholesterol.  Inositol is found in Vitamin B complex and is used in the body’s cell membranes. Inositol helps with the transportation of fats throughout the body and also helps neurons communicate better with the body’s nervous system.

Inositol and choline combine to produce lecithin, a type of lipid that is needed to form healthy membranes for every living cell in the body. Lecithin helps keep the brain, heart, and liver healthy, and aids in the absorption of thiamin (vitamin B1) and vitamin A. Inositol protects the arteries against cholesterol and hardening. It helps in production of healthy cells in the bone marrow, intestines and eye membranes. Inositol is important for hair growth.  A very important use of inositol is prevention and treatment of cancer. It helps diabetic patients to improve nerve conduction. If taken in moderate amount, it helps serotonin, a neurotransmitter, which is important to fight depression.

Inositol Benefits

  • Inositol is vital for hair growth.
  • Choline and inositol combine to produce lecithin which helps to prevent high cholesterol.
  • inositol is said to have a calming effect on the nervous system and is therefore being studied for a possible treatment for nerve related illnesses such as depression, panic attacks and Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Premature babies with respiratory distress symptoms are given inositol and it has been show to reduce death and disability.
  • Inositol compounds have demonstrated qualities needed in the prevention and treatment of cancer.
  • An inositol supplement can help to improve nerve conduction velocities in diabetics. Inositol can be used to treat constipation due to its stimulating effect on the muscular action of the alimentary canal.
Inositol deficiency  cause poor liver function, arteriosclerosis, constipation, hair loss, high cholesterol, irritability, mood swings, and skin eruptions.
Although the consumption of large amounts of caffeine may cause a shortage of inositol in the body, deficiencies of choline are rare. Nevertheless, heavy coffee drinkers should probably consider taking supplemental inositol.
How does the body produce its own supply of inositol? Bacteria in the intestines convert the phytic acid found in plant fibers into inositol, so the body is able to manufacture its own supply of this substance. Inositol is also found in a variety of foods containing myo-inositol.
 Vegetables and fruits that are particularly rich in inositol are almond, cabbage, beans, garbanzo beans, leafy green vegetable,  lentils, legumes, peanuts, seeds, sprouts, tomatoes, oats, onion, wheat,  zucchini, nuts, cantaloupe, bananas, raisins, oranges and other citrus fruits

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