Inositol, known chemically as cyclohexane-1,2,3,4,5,6-hexol, has the chemical formula. The most common of inositol's nine forms, or stereoisomers, in nature is cis-1,2,3,5-trans-4,6-cyclohexanehexol, commonly known as myo-inositol.
Myo-inositol performs many essential functions for eukaryotic cells, which includes all plants and animals. It serves as the structural basis for cell messengers, primarily inositol phosphates. It is also a component of phosphatidylinositol and other phospholipids, which are used to construct cell membranes. Plants commonly use inositol hexaphosphate, commonly known as phytic acid, as a means of storing phosphates.
Significant quantities of pure inositol don't exist in nature. However, the associated lipids and phosphates of inositol are found in many foods, especially oranges and cantaloupes and oranges. Phytic acid is a phosphate of inositol that is most common in cereal with high bran content. It is also found in seeds, nuts and beans, although it is not digestible by humans without cooking. Lecithins are also a widely available source of inositol that's relatively easy to digest in raw form.
Relief from panic disorders is one of the common uses of inositol. It may also help with the symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), which is a common condition among obese women. Additional problems that inositol may benefit include OCD.
Small-scale studies of inositol show early promise in controlling panic attacks, especially those caused by a fear of open spaces (agoraphobia). One such study showed that this use of inositol was as effective as prescription medication.
Oral supplements of inositol may help manage the symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), which primarily include unhealthy circulation and an unhealthy cholesterol profile.
Inositol is needed to support the proper function of several brain neruotransmitters, including serotonin, which is needed to avoid mood disorders.
Inositol may also help support the immune system and the body's natural ability to maintain thermoregulation.
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