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Inositol is considered a non-essential nutrient since it can be synthesised in your digestive system by good bacteria. It works closely with choline and combines with it to form lecithin. Inositol is vital for healthy nervous system function and plays a role in neurotransmitter activity.

Why you may need inositol

Panic disorder and agoraphobia (fear of public and open spaces) – studies have found that taking inositol for 4 weeks reduced the severity and duration of panic attacks and the severity of agoraphobia.

High cholesterol – inositol is a component of the phospholipid, lecithin, which is important for the metabolism of fats.

How much do you need?

A RDI has not been established.

Symptoms of deficiency

Deficiency is associated with hair loss, constipation, high cholesterol, and eczema.

Food sources

The best dietary sources include beans, banana, rockmelon, citrus fruits, bell peppers, tomatoes, potatoes, asparagus and green leafy vegetables, corn grains, legumes and sprouts, meat, eggs and organs, nuts and seeds.

Other reasons why you may need more

Excessive alcohol, lactation, diabetes, and stress can increase your demand for inositol.

Safety notes

Orally, inositol is generally well tolerated but overdosing can cause nausea, tiredness, headache and dizziness.

©2014 Go Vita. Information presented is for information purposes only and is not intended to replace advice or treatment from qualified healthcare professionals. The information is not intended to treat or diagnose. Always consult your healthcare professional before taking nutritional or herbal supplements. If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, have any allergies or diagnosed conditions, always consult your healthcare professional before taking nutritional or herbal supplements.