Protects at cellular level. Assists with Stress, Insomnia, Depression and Anxiety. Important for eye health. Enhances of the function of the brain and immune system. Promotes Hair growth and prevents Grey hair.
Inositol is a Vitamin from the "B" group.
Health Benefits of Inositol
Substances Enhanced by Inositol
Dietary Sources of Inositol
Substances that Enhance Inositol
Substances that Interfere with Inositol
Forms of Inositol
Commercial Availability of Inositol
Chemical Data for Inositol
These Substances Enhance the Function of Inositol
Endogenous Inositol can be manufactured from Glucose.
It is speculated that Inositol may be manufactured within the body by Beneficial Bacteria within the Digestive Tract. [more info]
These Substances may Interfere with Inositol
Alcohol (ethanol) may interfere with Inositol.
Estrogens may cause depletion of Inositol.
Caffeine may interfere with Inositol.
Excessive consumption of Water may cause the excretion of Inositol.
There is no known toxicity associated with Inositol at dosages of up to 50 grams per day
Inositol can permeate the body’s Blood-Brain Barrier. references
Forms of Inositol
D-Chiro-Inositol is a form of Inositol that is under development as a Pharmaceutical Drug for the treatment of Insulin Resistance and Polycystic Ovary Syndrome.
Inositol Hexanicotinate (also known as Hexanicotinoyl Inositol, IHN, Inositol Hexaniacinate or Inositol Niacinate) consists of one molecule of Inositol bound to six molecules of Nicotinic Acid (by weight, 10% Inositol + 90% Nicotinic Acid). Chemically, it is the hexanicotinic acid ester of Inositol. Inositol Hexanicotinate is absorbed intact and then hydrolzyed within the body to release “free” Nicotinic Acid and Inositol. It is primarily used as a non-flushing, timed-release form of Nicotinic Acid.
Inositol Hexaphosphate (InsP6; IP6) is a form of Inositol present in some foods (eg. Grains, Soybeans). It is available in supplement form.
Myoinositol (also known as Mesoinositol; cis-1,2,3,5-trans-4,6-Inositol) ) is the nutritionally active form of Inositol and the most prevalent natural isomer of Inositol. It is the most commonly available supplemental form of Inositol.
Phosphatidylinositol is the Phospholipid form of Inositol that contains Myoinositol.
The average human Blood Plasma content of Inositol is 4.6 mcg per ml of Blood Plasma.
The average Western diet contains 1,000 mg of Inositol per day.
The RDA for Inositol is 1,000 mg per day.
The therapeutic dosage of Inositol for improving the clearance of Fats from the Liver is 100 - 500 mg per day.
The therapeutic dosage of Inositol for the treatment of (diabetic) Neuropathy is 1,000 - 2,000 mg per day.
The therapeutic dosage of Inositol for improving the quality of Sleep is 1,000 - 10,000 mg (1 - 10 grams) per day.
The therapeutic dosage of Inositol for the treatment of Anxiety, Depression or Panic Disorder is 3,000 - 12,000 mg per day (3 - 12 grams per day).
No toxicity has yet been found for supplemental Inositol in dosages of up to 50 grams per day.
Commercial Availability of Inositol Supplements
“Singular” Oral Inositol Products
Inositol is available from health food stores and mail order supplement companies (worldwide) in the form of:
- 500 - 650 mg capsules
- 25 - 650 mg tablets
- loose Inositol powder (generally only available in the USA and Canada)
The Inositol Hexanicotinate form of Inositol is available from health food stores and mail order supplement companies (mainly only in the USA and Canada) in the form of:
- 250 - 600 mg capsules
- 600 mg tablets
- liquid Inositol Hexanicotinate
- loose powder
Inositol is an ingredient in most multi-vitamin formulas.
Inositol is similar in chemical structure to a Hexose Sugar.
All forms of Inositol are Carbohydrates structured as a hexagonal ring of carbons, each of which have both a hydrogen and a hydroxyl group attached.
Physically, Inositol is a white crystalline powder.
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