Inositol: The B-Complex Vitamin You May Not Have Heard Of

by | Updated: July 3rd, 2012 | Read time: 1 minute

The B-vitamin family is big. Niacin, thiamin, riboflavin, and folic acid are all members you’ve surely heard of. But what about inositol?

Considered a part of the vitamin B-complex, inositol is found in meats, citrus fruits, nuts, beans, and whole grains, and is also produced by the body. It’s a fundamental ingredient of cell membranes and is necessary for supporting healthy nerve, brain, and muscle function. Inositol is also essential in the communication that occurs between the body’s cells.

Studies show that inositol may help support a healthy mood. Other studies show that it may support normal hair growth, nerve function, weight management, and healthy cholesterol levels already in the normal range.