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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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