- Inositol is a vitamin-like substance. It is found in many plants and animals. It can also be made in a laboratory.
- Inositol is used for diabetic nerve pain, panic disorder, high cholesterol, insomnia, cancer, depression, schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s disease, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism, promoting hair growth, a skin disorder called psoriasis, and treating side effects of medical treatment with lithium.
- Inositol is also used by mouth for treating conditions associated with polycystic ovary syndrome, including failure to ovulate; high blood pressure; high triglycerides; and high levels of testosterone.
- Panic disorder: Inositol shows some promise for controlling panic attacks and the fear of public places or open spaces (agoraphobia). One study found that inositol is as effective as a prescription medication.
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD): There is some evidence that people with OCD who receive inositol by mouth for 6 weeks experience significant improvement.
- Women’s Health: An ovary disorder known as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Taking a particular form of inositol (isomer D-chiro-inositol) by mouth seems to lower triglyceride and testosterone levels, modestly decrease blood pressure, and promote ovulation in obese women with polycystic ovary syndrome.
- Problems breathing in premature infants known as “acute respiratory distress syndrome,” when given intravenously (by IV).
- Psoriasis brought on or made worse by lithium drug therapy. Inositol doesn’t seem to help psoriasis in people not taking lithium.
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source: WebMD, “Inositol”, www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/