Saturday, February 21, 2009

Inositol: Mood and Immune Support

Inositol is a member of the B complex. It is known as a fat emulsifier (lipotropic) and it works well with choline. Inositol helps to regulate both fat metabolism (both the good and bad) & cholesterol metabolism in the liver and gallbladder, breaking them down into smaller particles, which makes it easier for your body reduce their accumulation. It also reduces fatty build-up in organs like the liver. Inositol is important for healthy hair growth. It also has a calming effect on the mind by helping to produce brain chemicals (neurotransmitters) like acetylcholine. It is used in the treatment of depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety, arteriosclerosis and eczema.All of the B vitamins work together and are best used by the body in a B complex. Most B vitamins are water-soluble and any extra vitamins from large doses are flushed through the kidneys. It is best to take lower dosages of the B complex several times a day. Spray or sublingual forms of B vitamins are more easily absorbed. If additional supplementation of inositol is needed it can be taken in addition to a B complex. Inositol is a component of lecithin. Oral contraceptives, estrogen, sulfa drugs, food processing, coffee and alcohol deplete inositol. Recent Studies have also shown that Inositol in the IP6 (hexaphosphate) form can play an important role in the normalization of cell growth and division for those concerned about cancer. To read more about Inositol or other supplements, click here

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