Inositol

Overview

Inositol works closely with choline and is found in the brain, nerves, muscles, bones, reproductive organs, stomach, kidneys, spleen, liver and heart.  Lecithin is made up with much of inositol.


Function

Fat Metabolism

Inositol participates in exporting fat from the liver and maintaining blood cholesterol.

Cell Membranes

Inositol makes up cell membranes and the myelin sheath, the fatty coating around nerves.


Forms Available


Recommended Intake

The average diet should consist of approximately 1000 mg, but this value could vary depending on how it is synthesized in the body.


Deficiency

In animals, a deficiency has been noted to develop a fatty liver, nerve disorders, and intestinal abnormalities.  In humans, no symptoms have been observed.


Sources in the Diet

Citrus fruits, whole grains, seeds, liver, and beef heart are all good sources of inositol.


Recent Studies and Articles

Inositol treating mental disorders

http://www.elitefitness.com/forum/health-medicine/must-read-anyone-anxiety-inositol-study-47663.html

Inositol benefits

http://www.goodlifeguide.net/health-tips/the-101-benefits-of-inositol/


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Sources

  1. [0] – The New Encyclopedia of Vitamins, Minerals, Supplements, and Herbs