Choline and inositol

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The dynamic duo. Choline and inositol were considered part of the B-complex vitamin family, but are now considered nutrients, not vitamins. They work closely together as supporters of cell membranes. Inositol is found in huge amounts in the spinal cord nerves, the brain, and the cerebral spinal fluid. It is vital for bone marrow, eye membranes and the intestines. It even encourages hair growth.

Inositol helps move fat out of the liver, and may help prevent liver disorders including those involving high levels of cholesterol. Serotonin and acetylcholine (neurotransmitters) rely on inositol and is linked to reduction in depression and panic attacks. Often the two supplements are used with prescription drugs to treat schizophrenia and other mental health disease.

Studies on brain waves show a similar effect as Librium or Valium. Since it has a calming effect it can lower blood pressure.

Choline is essential for the production of acetylcholine which helps nerve cells communicate. It can positively effect memory and mood. Patients with Alzheimer’s often supplement with choline in combination with other drugs for positive effect. Like inositol, choline helps with liver function and elevated cholesterol levels.

Inositol is found naturally in beans, nuts and cereals. A study published in 2005 by Cancer Research magazine showed that a diet rich in inositol could help prevent cancer by acting as an inhibitor to the progression of tumours. The researchers said it should be included in anti-cancer therapy. Their testing continues today.

These two vitamins do so many of the same things they are often combined for maximum effect. It is important not to take high doses because there are side effects. Follow your doctor or dietician’s advise when determining dosage. While there are a wide range of benefits which could be experienced by taking these nutrients, either together or separately, there is little evidence to prove their claims other than anecdotal or through animal studies.

Source: MedicalNewsToday, UnhinderedLiving

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