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What is inositol and where is it found? Inositol is a vitamin-like substance that is found in many foods, especially fruit such as cantaloupe and oranges. It is also found in grains and beans, but in a form that is not bio-available to the human body. Unofficially, it is referred to as vitamin B8. It works by balancing certain chemicals in the body, like neurotransmitters, and may participate in the action of serotonin. Inositol is sold as a supplement.

What are the benefits of inositol? Inositol has been shown to be effective in treating obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, and polycystic ovary syndrome. Some people take inositol to treat Alzheimer’s disease, ADHA, depression, and diabetic neuropathy and autism. Others take it to treat high blood pressure, psoriasis, and high cholesterol.

Are there interactions with food or medications and inositol? None known.

Are there side effects from inositol? It is well tolerated but can possible cause nausea, tiredness, headache, and dizziness.

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