October 29, 2018

Inositol is a naturally occurring substance in the human body. The vitamin-like substance is a type of sugar, most commonly existing as myo-inositol and D-chiro-inositol. The human body can produce inositol but can also get it from food sources.

Inositol helps to maintain the balance of certain chemicals in the body and is a structural component of cell membranes. It also helps insulin in its functions. Inositol is active in cell signal transmission in response to neurotransmitters, hormones, growth factors and so on. Inositol is also important for liver function.

Sources of Inositol
Foods rich in Inositol include free-range and grass-fed meat and poultry products. Inositol is also found in fruits like peaches, bananas, oranges and pears, whole grains, legumes, nuts, seeds, sprouts, potatoes, bell peppers, tomatoes, and green leafy vegetables.

Inositol Deficiency

Symptoms of an inositol deficiency include:
  • Inositol is required for healthy hair and a deficiency results in hair loss.
  • Inositol is also important for healthy skin. An inositol deficiency can result in skin conditions like eczema.
  • Another symptom of inositol deficiency is increased levels of blood cholesterol.
  • Inositol deficiency can cause eye problems.
  • Diabetes has been associated with inositol deficiency.
  • Inositol helps to regulate intestine function which is why a deficiency could cause digestive problems and constipation.
  • Because inositol is involved in cell signaling, several nerve and muscle functions are affected if there is an inositol deficiency.
  • Inositol aids the neurotransmitter serotonin (the happy hormone), in its function. An inositol deficiency has been associated with depression.

Treating an Inositol Deficiency

Inositol deficiencies can be treated with an inositol supplement. The supplement can be administered either orally or intravenously. The dose of an inositol supplement can go up to 12gms per day.

Inositol supplements are also used to treat a variety of ailments including diabetes, mood swings, panic disorders, high blood pressure high cholesterol and so on. Inositol is prescribed for pregnant women to prevent neural tube deformities in the developing fetus. In some cases, inositol was found to be effective in treating polycystic ovarian disease.

Inositol when used to treat psychiatric disorders like bipolar disease, depression and panic disorder, has been found to have fewer side effects than other drugs used for this purpose.

Side effects

Although very rare inositol has been found to have a few side effects when taken in very high doses. Doses above 12gms can cause headaches, dizziness, nausea, bloating, and tiredness.

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