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Inositol
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Why inositol is good for you

Inositol is one of the B vitamin co-factors. It assists the B vitamins to function more effectively.

Inositol plays an important part in the health of cell membranes especially the specialised cells in the brain, bone marrow, eyes and intestines. Cell membranes are responsible for regulating the contents of the cells, to enable the cells to function correctly.

Inositol promotes healthy hair and hair growth, and it also helps in controlling estrogen levels.

 

Important inositol facts

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Groups at risk of inositol deficiency

Talk to a medical professional about inositol supplements BEFORE taking them.

 

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Symptoms of inositol deficiency

Inositol deficiency is not very common as most people get enough from the foods in their diet.

Deficiency symptoms that do rarely occur, are:

 

Inositol and health

Talk to a medical professional about inositol supplements BEFORE taking them.

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Inositol in food

The body is able to manufacture this co-factor nutrient.

Inositol is also available from:

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Inositol recommended daily intake (RDI)

RDA 30mg
 
TOLERABLE UPPER LIMIT 600-3000mg
 
TOXIC LEVELS essentially non-toxic to humans


The tolerable upper limits should only be taken for short periods and only under medical supervision.

 

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Inositol works best with

 

Overdosage, toxicity and cautions for inositol

No toxic effects are known, but diarrhea has been noted with the intake of very high dosage of inositol, as well as an increased secretion of creatine.



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Last reviewed: 1 January 2009 || Last updated: 1 January 2009

 

NOTE: Mega doses of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, or other supplements cannot cure illnesses and in fact can be very dangerous and produce toxic side effects and interfere with medicine you are taking. Always ensure you consult your doctor before taking any type of nutrient supplement.
Disclaimer: This guide is not intended to be used for diagnostic or prescriptive purposes. For any treatment or diagnosis of illness, please see your doctor.

 

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