Health Scan: October 2019 - Inositol is not an essential nutrient because it is produced from the carbohydrates of the food that we eat. Inositol is a carbohydrate found naturally in many plants and animals. It is often referred to as vitamin B8, but it is not a vitamin at all.  It is a type of sugar. In plants it is found in the form of Phytic acid  and it releases inositol by the action of Bacteria of the digestive tract. In animals, it is found in almost all tissues and is present in highest levels in the heart and brain tissues. It plays many roles in human body.  As a major component of cell membranes, it plays a structural role in human body by providing structure to the cells. It also plays a key role in the processing of fat in liver and in the functioning of muscles and nerves. Antioxidant properties of it help to fight against the damaging effects caused by free radicals in the brain, circulatory system, and other body tissues. INOSITOL
It improves anxiety disorders by affecting the neurotransmitters levels in the body. It stimulates the secretion of the hormones serotonin and dopamine to improve conditions like depression, anxiety, schizophrenia and other mental disorders. It slows down the progression of Alzheimer's disease and also prevents certain cancers. It helps in reducing the symptoms of bipolar spectrum disorders in children. Inositol controls panic disorder and the fear of public places or open spaces (agoraphobia). Inositol reduces psoriasis symptoms in people taking lithium, a drug commonly prescribed to treat bipolar disorder, depression, schizophrenia, and eating disorders. People with Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), show significant improvement upon oral intake of inositol for 6 weeks
Inositol balances certain chemicals in the body to help conditions such as panic disorder, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, metabolic syndrome and polycystic ovary syndrome. Inositol is used to treat conditions associated with metabolic syndrome which is the combination of high blood pressure, high blood sugar, high cholesterol and high triglycerides and thereby decreases the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. In the case of Diabetes, it is used to relieve diabetic nerve pain. It prevents Diabetes during Pregnancy by regulating the functioning of insulin. It also controls blood sugar levels in in people with type 2 diabetes
It promotes ovulation in obese women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), which is an ovary disorder (failure to ovulate).
Some people use inositol to promote hair growth
It lowers testosterone levels.
It stimulates insulin hormone action and thus helps to control blood sugar.
The risk of death in infants with acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), is reduced by the intravenous intake of inositol.
Almost all fruits, beans, grains, and nuts. Cantaloupe, oats, bran, and citrus fruits (other than lemons) are rich sources.
Inositol from natural foods is not a cause of concern. However, supplemental Inositol may cause nausea, stomach pain, tiredness, headache, and dizziness if consumed above permissible levels for long
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