Inositol – Benefits, Deficiency Symptoms And Food Sources


Other names :: Hexahydroxycyclohexane, Misoinositol

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, also known as myolnositol, functions closely with choline. Since the body and intestinal bacteria can make Inositol in limited quantities. It is highly soluble in water, and is not destroyed by heat in neutral, acid, and alkaline mediums.

Actions and benefits of Inositol

  • Helps in hair growth.
  • Functions in nerve transmission.
  • May help control blood-cholesterol level.
  • It also helps remove fats from the liver.
  • Help you sleep better.
  • Preventing eczema.
  • May function as mild anti-anxiety agent.

Recommended dosage of Inositol

  • Men – 1000 mg
  • Women – 1000 mg
  • Children – 550 mg

Signs of Overdose

No toxic effects known, but diarrhea has been noted with the intake of very high dosage of inositol

Deficiency symptoms of Inositol

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

When more may be required

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

Best food sources of Inositol

Most fruits, grapefruit, cabbage, citrus fruit (except lemons), milk, rice, and green leafy vegetables.

How to use Inositol

Take capsule whole with a full glass of liquid. Do not chew or crush. Take inositol with meals or 1 to 1-1/2 hours after meals unless otherwise advised by your physician.

Available as:- Capsule


  • Keep in a cool and dry location, but do not freeze.
  • Keep safely away from children.
  • Do not keep in bathroom medicine cabinet. Heat and dampness may alter the action of the supplement.

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