Inositol is a member of vitamin B group and is required for proper formation of cell membranes. Also known as vitamin B8, inositol is essential for the transportation of fat in the body.
Studies have showed that inositol deficiency may cause hypertension, hair loss, gastritis and liver complications.
Inositol is commonly used to fight anxiety, depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Several B-Complex products have inositol in combination with all the other forms of vitamin b, B12, B6, niacin, biotin, etc.
Small amounts of inositol are also found in multi vitamins and are generally sufficient for most people.
Can you get this particular form of vitamin B from food sources?
Yes, absolutely. Cantaloupe melons, nuts, bran cereals, beans and oranges are excellent sources of inositol but supplementation is recommended by doctors to support depression and anxiety. An average or 500mg twice a day is suggested in most cases and products are available in capsules or powder form.
In addition, inositol can be a helpful ingredient to support type 1 and 2 diabetes. Scientists have concluded that inositol may help regulating healthy insulin production.
Phytate is the common dietary form of inositol and may reduce the absorption of minerals such as calcium, zinc and iron. However, inositol supplements do not have this effect and are safe to be taken on a regular basis.