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Inositol

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What other names is Inositol known by?

1,2,3,4,5,6-Cyclohexanehexol, 1,2,5/3,4,6-inositol, (1S)-inositol, (1S)-1,2,4/3,5,6-inositol, Antialopecia Factor, (+)-chiroinositol, cis-1,2,3,5-trans-4,6-Cyclohexanehexol, Cyclohexitol, Dambrose, D-chiro-inositol, D-Myo-Inositol, Facteur Anti-alopécique, Hexahydroxycyclohexane, Inose, Inosite, Inositol Monophosphate, Lipositol, Meso-Inositol, Méso-Inositol, Monophosphate d'Inositol, Mouse Antialopecia Factor, Myo-Inositol, Vitamin B8, Vitamine B8.

What is Inositol?

Inositol is a vitamin-like substance. It is found in many plants and animals. It can also be made in a laboratory.

Possibly Effective for...

  • Panic disorder.
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).
  • An ovary disorder known as "polycystic ovary syndrome."
  • Problems breathing in premature infants known as "acute respiratory distress syndrome."
  • Psoriasis brought on or made worse by lithium drug therapy. Inositol doesn't seem to help psoriasis in people not taking lithium.

Possibly Ineffective for...

Likely Ineffective for...

  • Diabetic nerve problems.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Problems metabolizing fat, high cholesterol, inability to sleep, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), cancer, hair growth, and other conditions.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).

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