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Inositol - Benefits, Deficiency Symptoms And Food Sources

Alternative name :: Misoinositol

What is Inositol ?

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 needed for health at cellular level and a fair concentration is found in the lens of the human eye as well as the heart.

 Inositol also known as myo-inositol; misoinositol; lipotropic factor. A water soluble member of the vitamin B complex. Not a true vitamin because the body can manufacture it. Present in cereals and vegetables as Phytic acid, a combination of inositol and phosphorus.

Benefits of Inositol

Inositol is vital for hair growth. This vitamin has a calming effect and helps to reduce cholesterol levels. It helps prevent hardening of the arteries and is important in the formation of lecithin and the metabolism of fat and cholesterol. It also helps remove fats from the liver. Research has also shown that high doses of inositol may help in the treatment of depression, obsessive­compulsive disorder, and anxiety disorders, without the side effects of prescription medications.

Recommended Dosage of Inositol

The minimum Recommended Dosage Allowance of Inositol are 100 mg per day.

Special Intake of Inositol

Taking of long term antibiotics may increase your need for inositol, as well as if you consume a lot of coffee.

Deficiency Symptoms of Inositol

Symptoms of Inositol deficiency includes :-

  • Eczema.
  • Hair loss.
  • Constipation.
  • Raised cholesterol.
  • Abnormalities of the eyes.

Rich Food Sources of Inositol

Inositol is found in brewer's yeast, fruits, lecithin, legumes, meats, milk, unrefined molasses, raisins, vegetables, and whole grains.


The consumption of large amounts of caffeine may cause a shortage of inositol in the body.

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