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Inositol

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How to Use It

Most people do not need to take inositol. In addition, the small amounts commonly found in multivitamin supplements are probably unnecessary and ineffective. Doctors sometimes suggest 500 mg twice per day. For depression, anxiety, and obsessive-compulsive disorder, 12–18 grams per day has been shown to be effective in double-blind trials.23, 24, 25, 26

Where to Find It

Nuts, beans, wheat and wheat bran, cantaloupe, and oranges are excellent sources of inositol. Most dietary inositol is in the form of phytate.

Possible Deficiencies

Clear deficiency of inositol has not been reported, although people with diabetes have increased excretion and may benefit from inositol supplementation.

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