Myo-inositol, the major nutritionally active form of inositol, is
vital to many biological processes of the body, participating in a diverse
range of activities. Myo-inositol is one of nine distinct isomers
of inositol. It is essential for the growth of rodents, but not for most
animals, including humans. Humans can make myo-inositol
endogenously, which they do from glucose, and, even though myo-inositol
is sometimes referred to as a vitamin, it is not a vitamin for humans or
most animals. However, the dietary intake of myo-inositol can
influence the levels of circulating and bound myo-inositol in the
body and may influence certain biological activities. Nutritional
supplementation of this cyclitol may affect behavior and may have
anti-depressant and anti-anxiety activities.
Inositol hexaphosphateIP6 - is a substance that has been studied as a treatment for cancer. IP6 is found in large amounts in cereals and legumes. Also known as phytic acid.