What are the functions of inositol?

Michael T. Murray, ND
Naturopathic Medicine

Although naturally occurring Ip6 has impressive antioxidant and antitumor effects, it may be better to take supplements containing purified Ip6 plus inositol. The supplement form provides several advantages. In grains and beans, Ip6 binds to molecules of proteins and minerals, such as calcium, magnesium, or potassium, to form phytate. The body has trouble absorbing this complex. Studies have shown that pure Ip6 is significantly more bioavailable than the Ip6 found in food as phytates. Supplemental Ip6 should be taken on an empty stomach apart from other mineral-containing substances to avoid the formation of phytates in the digestive tract because we do not produce our own phytase to break these down.

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