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Carbohydrates

What are the major sources of inositol in nature?

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  • AMichael T. Murray, Naturopathic Medicine, answered

    The major source of inositol in nature is found in the form of inositol hexaphosphate (Ip6), which is a component of fiber from whole grains and legumes and not a fiber class on its own. In the plant, Ip6 is responsible for storing minerals such as calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, and potassium as phytates. There is some concern that Ip6 can adversely affect the uptake and utilization of many minerals in the body, including calcium, iron, and zinc; however, this does not seem to be the case. Phytates are destroyed by heat and by the enzyme phytase during the leavening of bread.


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