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Inositol is a member of the vitamin B group.

The functions of insoitol

Inositol is essential for:

Inositol has a calming effect and has been shown to be very effective in cases where depression is an issue.

The symptoms and signs of an inositol deficiency

A deficiency in inositol can result in:

Food sources of inositol

Inositol can be found in: whole grains, brewer's and nutritional yeast, lecithin, citrus fruits, nuts, seeds, legumes, unrefined molasses, meats, and dairy.

Therapeutic uses

Inositol is used in:

How much do we need?

10-20 mg daily, in divided doses.

As you will have seen if you have looked over each of the B group members, the B complex vitamins are of extreme importance to our health and well being work together as a team. Deficiencies can imbalance the whole B complex and deficiencies such as B-12 can cause severe and permanent damage to the body. It is important that we take steps to supply this important complex of vitamins to our bodies, first through our diets and secondly through proper supplementation.

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Researchers at Ben Gurion University in Israel demonstrated that supplementing with inositol successfully reduced depression in patients who were unresponsive to antidepressants. Inositol is not only effective, but also safe and non-toxic.