Inositol promotes production of lecithin in the human body, and may be important to the eyes, skin, and cardiovascular system. Also, it has many other uses including treatment of depression and is necessary for proper function of nerves, brain, and muscles. Inositol is necessary for the formation of lecithin and functions closely with a B complex vitamin, Choline. Being a fundamental ingredient of cell membranes, it is necessary for proper function of nerves, brain, and muscles in the body. Since inositol is not essential in the human diet, it cannot be considered a vitamin. Inositol is primarily used in the treatment of liver problems, depression, panic disorder, and diabetes.
Inositol is a fundamental ingredient of cell membranes and is necessary for proper function of nerves, brain, and muscles in the body. Recent advances in nutritional and biochemical research have documented inositol as an important dietary and cellular constituent. 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. The processes involved in inositol metabolism and its derivatives in the tissues of mammals have been characterized in vivo as well as at the enzymatic level. Inositol exists as the fiber component phytic acid, which has been investigated for its anti-cancer properties.
Inositol has been reported to be effective in treating central nervous system disorders such as depression, Alzheimer’s disease, panic disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Inositol also aids in the breakdown of fats, helps in the reduction of blood cholesterol, and helps to prevent thinning hair. Inositol has documented benefit for use in pediatric respiratory depression syndrome.