Monday, February 19, 2018

ABC's of Nutrition: Inositol

Inositol is chiefly present as a fiber source known as phytic acid (inositol phosphate). Beneficial bacteria release the inositol from the phytic acid. Good plant sources include nuts, whole grains, legumes, and seeds.

Inositol along with choline provide a “lipotropic” effect – promotes the exportation of fats from the liver. Severe liver disorders develop from excess fat and bile in the liver, which makes inositol’s lipotropics very important. Inositol is also essential for proper nerve, brain, and muscle function. Phytic acid (fiber) proves to be a possible anticancer agent.

Inositol is necessary for proper brain neurotransmitter action, including acetylcholine and serotonin. When brain inositol levels drop below nominal in the cerebrospinal fluid, symptoms of depression and panic attacks can develop.

Diabetic neuropathy is a nerve disease caused by diabetes which may be the result of insufficient inositol. Inositol supplementation may improve nerve conduction in diabetics.

Inositol is an unofficial member of the B vitamin family and functions closely with choline.

by John Connor, CNC

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