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.
Inositol participates in exporting fat from the liver and maintaining blood cholesterol.
Inositol makes up cell membranes and the myelin sheath, the fatty coating around nerves.
The average diet should consist of approximately 1000 mg, but this value could vary depending on how it is synthesized in the body.
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.