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Vitamin / Mineral Supplement Overview:
Inositol, also known as myolnositol, functions closely with choline. Since the body and intestinal bacteria can make Inositol in limited quantities, it is not recognized as a vitamin. It is found naturally in breast milk, calf liver, cantaloupe, ,citrus fruit (except lemons), dried beans, garbanzo beans (chickpeas), lentils, milk, nuts, oats, pork, rice, veal, wheat germ and whole-grain products. It is also found in the brain, nerves, muscles, bones, reproductive organs, stomach, kidney, spleen, liver and heart.

How This Supplement Works in Your Body:
Inositol functions similarly to choline in helping move fats out of the liver
Functions in nerve transmission
Makes up an important part of phospholipids, which are compounds manufactured in our bodies
May protect against peripheral neuropathy associated with diabetes (Some studies have shown promise for this use, but definitive, well-controlled studies have not been done.)
May function as mild anti-anxiety agent
May help control blood-cholesterol level
Potential treatment for constipation with its stimulating effect on muscular action of alimentary canal
May help you sleep better
Under study for anxiety disorders and Alzheimer's disease

Where This Supplement is Found:
breast milk
calf liver
citrus fruit (except lemons)
dried beans
garbanzo beans (chickpeas)
wheat germ
whole-grain products

Using Inositol:
Take capsule whole with a full glass of liquid. Do not chew or crush. Take inositol with meals or 1 to 1-1/2 hours after meals unless otherwise advised by your physician.

Available as:

Medical Precautions: Do not take if you are:

Consult your Medical Doctor If you:
Have diabetes with peripheral neuropathy: pain, numbness, tingling, alternating feelings of cold and hot in feet and hands - medical direction will be necessary
Have a sleep or anxiety disorder

Do not take

Do not take

Infants and Children:
It is hazardous to treat infants and children under 2 with any supplement.

Inositol Vitamin Supplement Storage:
Keep in a cool and dry location, but do not freeze.
Keep safely away from children.
Do not keep in bathroom medicine cabinet. Heat and dampness may alter the action of the supplement.

Safe Vitamin / Mineral dosage:
To date, no safe vitamin / mineral dosage has been established.

Inositol Toxicity:
Not likely to harm life or create significant symptoms


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