Inositol Benefits and Information

Inositol is a substance found as a primary component in vitamin B-complex and is used by the body's cell membranes. Inositol is a facilitator of nerve transmission and assists in transporting fats within the body. Inositol is chemically different than inositol hexaniacinate, a form of vitamin B3.

Suggested Benefits of Inositol

While no conclusive data is available to support the suggested health and medicinal benefits of inositol, it has been used in connection with a number of conditions including anxiety, depression, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Foods containing Inositol

Foods containing substantial amounts of inositol include nuts, beans, wheat and wheat bran, cantaloupe, and oranges. Most supplemental inositol is sold in the form of phytate.

Dosage and Administration

While most people do not need to take supplemental inositol, doctors sometimes suggest 500 mg twice per day in connection with depression, anxiety, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. While no recommended dosages are available, 12 to 18 grams per day appeared to be effective in double-blind trials.