Inositol is a natural supplement sold in health food stores but most people are not familiar with this product. Inositol is part of the vitamin B-complex and is required for proper formation of cell membranes.
Inositol supplements are produced from a plant extract and may promote brain wellness, alleviate depression and anxiety, prevent hardening of arteries, and remove fat from the liver. It also promotes healthy hair and skin. Doctors sometimes suggest 500 mg twice per day for depression, anxiety, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
A recent study by the American Association for the Advancement of Science has discovered additional health benefits of inositol and many people, particularly smokers, are now trying to find more information about it.
The research seems to identify a pattern of genes disrupted by the toxins in cigarette smoke that identifies smokers who are at risk. It finds that in six out of 10 people, inositol seems to turn off the abnormal genes and return precancerous cells to normal.
Smokers may significantly benefit from this discovery as cancer is a leading cause of death worldwide, accounted for 7.4 million deaths, and lung cancer leads the overall cancer mortality.
Inositol is a carbohydrate and is almost tasteless, with a small amount of sweetness. Food sources of inositol include nuts, cereals with high bran content, beans, and fruit, especially cantaloupe melons and oranges. Most dietary inositol is in the form of phytate. Inositol was classified as a member of the vitamin B complex but because it is produced by the human body from glucose, it is not an essential nutrient.
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