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Inositol Deficiency

Inositol deficiency is rare, because the body can make its own inositol if it is not obtained in the diet. The only people who may be at risk of inositol deficiency are:

  • Alcoholics
    People who drink excessive amounts of alcohol may have reduced absorption of inositol and supplementation could be required.
  • People taking certain medications
    People taking certain medications may have reduced levels and effectiveness of inositol, as some medications block its absorption, so supplementation could be required. People taking any type of medication need to seek their doctor's advice to avoid adverse interactions.
  • People who are taking antibiotics
    People taking antibiotics may not be absorbing inositol (nor the other B vitamins or the co-factors) and could need supplementation, especially if the antibiotic use is long term.
  • People who are under prolonged stress
    People who are under prolonged stress will be using up their inositol (and the other B vitamins or the co-factors) at a much faster rate, so supplementation could be required.
  • People who drink a lot of coffee
    People who drink copious amounts (more than 3 cups) of coffee each day may have reduced levels and effectiveness of inositol, as high intake of caffeine can block inositol's absorption, so supplementation may be needed.
  • People who have high blood pressure
    People with high blood pressure may have lower levels of inositol, so supplementation may be needed. People with high blood pressure, need to seek their doctor's advice about supplementation prior to taking it.
  • People who have high LDLD ("bad") cholesterol levels
    People with high LDL ("bad") cholesterol may have lower levels of inositol, so supplementation may be needed. People with high LDL ("bad") cholesterol, need to seek their doctor's advice about supplementation prior to taking it.
Inositol deficiency is rare, because the body can make its own inositol if it is not obtained in the diet

Symptoms of inositol deficiency

A deficiency can occur if there is some problem with either absorption of inositol eaten or a problem with the body's ability to make its own inositol and the following symptoms may appear.

  • Constipation
  • Skin irritations and eczema
  • High LDL ("bad") blood cholesterol levels
  • Hair loss

People with any of these symptoms should seek advice from their medical practitioner to determine if inositol supplementation is warranted in their individual situation.

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