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Top 5 External Sources Of Inositol

Did you know that we all need inositol (sometimes called as Vitamin B8) in small quantities daily? Among other things, inositol is known to help fight diabetes and PCOS. Let’s find out the list of foods that are high in inositol.

5 Foods High In Inositol

Inositol is not officially recognized as a vitamin, because it is synthesized from glucose by the bacteria within our intestines. While inositol is synthesized in the body, human beings do need external sources of inositol. The most common forms of inositol are myo-inositol and d-chiro inositol. Studies indicate the largest amount of myo-inositol is found in fresh fruits and vegetables (as opposed to frozen or canned foodstuffs).

  • Inositol is also found in meat sources and eggs. While meat sources are rich in inositol, it is important to consume only those sources which are grass fed and chemical free sources. If the meat sources are raised on steroids and antibiotics, they can do more harm than good.
  • Fruit sources of inositol include oranges, peaches, and pears. Potassium-rich fruits like banana are also considered as foods high in inositol.
  • Grains are among the foods high in inositol. Note that inositol occurs in whole grains and not processed, refined grains.
  • Legumes and sprouts are also considered as foods high in inositol. Vegetables, such as bell peppers, tomatoes, potatoes, and asparagus, along with green leafy vegetables, are also good sources of Inositol.
  • Nuts and seeds also contain a good amount of inositol.

Why Do We Need Inositol?

Research has indicated that regular intake of inositol helps in the prevention and treatment of certain complications linked with diabetes. Studies also have proven that inositol, when taken in the first trimester of pregnancy, seems to lower the risk of gestational diabetes in obese pregnant women. Inositol also lowers the risk of PCOS. Other benefits of inositol include protection against colon cancer, effectiveness for weight loss, and relief from symptoms of stress and depression.

Sharda Agarwal

Sharda Agarwal

Co-founder, Sepalika. Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (Cert Awaited), Nutritional Therapy Association, USA
Sharda Agarwal is a qualified Functional Nutrition Therapy Practitioner. She first used dietary supplements to overcome a debilitating migraine she suffered for years. Since then she has studied the subjects of nutrition and nutrients extensively. She uses this to manage the health of her family at home and with Sepalika.
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