The word “inositol” was something new to me. I found it included in ingredient list of Milo Energy Drink (if I was not mistaken). Taking something with unfamiliar ingredient is uncomfortable. I did a research to more about it. Here are the results:
Inositol is a naturally occurring substance found in plants. Some commodities high in inositol are cantaloupe, orange, wheat, beans and nuts.
Inositol have the following health benefits:
1) Prevent collection of fat in liver. Many liver diseases are irreversible. Prevention is a must.
2) Promote healthy hair growth. Good for individuals who are suffering hair loss.
3) Helps in efficient processing of nutrients.
4) Boost energy conversion. Now I know why energy drinks include inositol as component.
5) Maintain a healthy metabolism.
6) Nourish the brain – can make you more intelligent? Taking might boost your chances of getting high scores.
7) A naturally orruring sugar substitute. It has a slightly sweet taste.
8) May help in recovery of certain diseases – like cancer.
9) Supplements might help reduce anxiety, OCD and panic.
Excess intake is not proven to have beneficial effect. Taking supplements might be a waste of money. And it should be taken with doctors prescription to prevent possible drug interactions.
Excess inositol intake might cause diarrhea, tiredness, headache and dizziness. No other documented side effects.
Are inositol in processed foods natural?
The most common form is myo-inositol. The inositols in most processed foods are in phytate form – also known as inositol hexakisphosphate (IP6). A source of both inositol and phospate but this form was found not digestible by humans or even ruminant animals. I wonder how can I get benefits from it.