Inositol is sometimes referred to as vitamin B8, but it’s more like a type of sugar than a vitamin. Even though it’s similar to a sugar, it plays many vital roles in the body and is an important nutrient.
The body needs inositol to help regulate the action of insulin, the hormone secreted by the pancreas to manage blood sugar levels when we eat a sugary food or carbohydrates (which the body breaks down into sugars).
Inositol is also required for regulating the chemical messages the brain receives and is a major component of our cell membranes. There is also evidence to suggest that inositol can help to manage mental health conditions such as depression and panic disorder.
Foods such as beans, grains, nuts and fresh fruits and vegetables are good natural sources of inositol.