Inositol (Vitamin Bh)
Inositol is part of the vitamin B-complex. It is required for proper formation of cell membranes. Inositol affects nerve transmission and helps in transporting fats within the body. Inositol differs from inositol hexaniacinate, a form of vitamin B3.
Inositol is required for proper formation of cell membranes. It affects nerve transmission and helps in transporting fats within the body. Inositol differs from inositol hexaniacinate, a form of vitamin B3.
Inositol is necessary for the formation of lecithin and functions closely with a B complex vitamin, Choline. Since it is not essential in the human diet, it cannot be considered a vitamin. Inositol is a fundamental ingredient of cell membranes and is necessary for proper function of nerves, brain, and muscles in the body. Inositol works in conjunction with folacin, Vitamins B-6 and B-12, choline, betaine, and methionine to prevent the accumulation of fats in the liver. It exists as the fiber component phytic acid, which has been investigated for its anti-cancer properties.
Inositol is primarily used in the treatment of liver problems, depression, panic disorder, and diabetes. It also aids in the breakdown of fats, helps in the reduction of blood cholesterol, and helps to prevent thinning hair. A diet low in Inositol may result in deficiency symptoms that culminate in high blood cholesterol, constipation, eczema, and hair loss. Neurotransmitters such as seratonin in the brain depend on Inositol to function properly. Low levels of this nutrient may result in depression and some research has shown that increased levels of Inositol appear to be a promising treatment for depression.
Inositol is a nutrient that is naturally present in foods high in fiber (wheat, legumes, bran, etc). It is not a vitamin per se, but it works synergistically with many vitamins and nutrients. This nutrient is also often used to counter depression; indeed, seratonin (a crucial brain neurotransmitter linked to our moods) needs inositol for proper functioning. Inositol, in fact, exists in all human cells, where it plays a pivotal role in cell proliferation and differentiation, both vital functions.
Used with choline, inositol helps to metabolize fats and cholesterol in the arteries and liver. It also helps to promote the body’s production of lecithin. It is important in cell survival in bone marrow, eye membranes, and intestines. Used in combination with vitamin E it may help nerve damage in certain forms of muscular dystrophy. In certain cases, it may prevent thinning hair arid baldness. Inositol also assists with brain cell nutrition and when used with choline it may help with menstrual problems. A number of studies have found evidence to suggest that inositol may be useful for the treatment of depression and anxiety.
Synonyms: meso-inositol, myo-inositol, 1,2,3,4,5,6-hexahydroxycyclohexane, hexahydroxycyclohexane, 1l-myo-inositol, 1d-myo-inositol, meat sugar, cyclohexitol, cyclohexanehexol, bios I, 1,2,3,4,5,6-cyclohexanehexol, cis-1,2,3,5-trans-4,6-cyclohexanehexol, dambose, inosital, inositene, inositine, iso-inositol, mesoinosit, mesoinosite, mesol, mesovit, myoinosite, MI, nucite, phaseomannite, phaseomannitol, scyllite
Molecular formula: C6H12O6
CAS No: 87-89-8