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Healthy Habits: Inositol

Referred to as vitamin B8, inositol is actually not a vitamin but a form of sugar that our bodies produce from the carbohydrates we eat. Reportedly, in a typical U.S. diet, we get around 1 gram of inositol from certain foods we eat, such as citrus fruits.

Inositol is a compound (cyclohexane) in alcohol form, and is sometimes called a “pseudo-vitamin”. It provides structure to our cells, decreases insulin resistance, regulates menstrual cycles, and affects our brain’s chemical messengers like dopamine and serotonin, to name a few of its functions.

Studies reveal that inositol can help lessen or eliminate symptoms of and/or help prevent the development of many conditions including: high cholesterol, psoriasis, acne, insomnia, anxiety, depression, PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome), diabetes, and ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) as well as other disorders.

Heart and Brain Health

Inositol has been scientifically proven in studies to prevent unhealthy fats from forming. It is found around the heart and brain where fat stores could be very dangerous, and breaks those fats down and diverts them from forming. It also does this for the liver and other organs. It can help prevent and/or improve the conditions of heart disease and neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and dementia, only to name a few.

Whole Food Sources

Some suggested whole food sources of inositol to add to your diet are: organic green leafy vegetables very lightly steamed (1-3 minutes), raw organic almonds, fresh organic green beans, organic rinsed and cooked brown rice, and fresh organic fruits such as cantaloupe, strawberries and citrus.

A Recommended Daily Intake (RDI) hasn’t been established but, depending on age, height, weight and other factors, what’s generally recommended is around 300-1,000 mg a day. If you research and/or talk with your doctor and decide to try upping your intake, choose an organic whole food inositol supplement with no artificial additives.

Be Well and God Bless You.

By Jennifer Wimmer

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