Can inositol help treat bipolar depression?

There were two studies done in Israel in which inositol was added to the regimen taken by bipolar patients who were no longer manic but were depressed. Inositol is sometimes referred to as "vitamin B8" and is sort of an unofficial B vitamin. It is also structurally similar to glucose. Inositol is present in large quantities in the membranes of nerve cells and is also involved in the functioning of serotonin neurons. Serotonin neurons are well known to play a role in depression. The principal side effect of inositol in high doses seems to be loose stools in some individuals..

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Dietary Supplements

Whether you're visiting the drug store, grocery or natural food shop you'll likely find an aisle where there are jars and bottles of things for you to put in your body that are neither foods nor medicines. Ranging from vitamins an...

d minerals to fiber and herbal remedies, these supplements are not regulated in the same way as either food or medicine. Some of them are backed by solid research, others are folk remedies or proprietary cures. If your diet does not include enough of certain vitamins or minerals, a supplement may be a good idea. Natural treatment for conditions like constipation may be effective. But because these substances are unregulated, it is always a good idea to educate yourself about the products and to use common sense when taking them. This is even more true if you are pregnant or taking a medicine that may be affected by supplements.

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