Inositol is present in several foods, especially in citrus fruits, cantaloupe , seeds, cereals, nuts and beans.
In our body, Inositol is involved in several cellular processes. Its most common form is myo-inositol.
Inositol is a biomolecule, that is, it is part of the cell structure, being a precursor of the membrane phospholipids. Therefore, it is important for intercellular actions, namely for the transmission of nerve impulses; the regulation of the glucose response, so that it is used by the cells as fuel; the metabolism of fats and cholesterol; the synthesis of fatty acids and phospholipids and the maintenance of the integrity of cell membranes.
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Inositol is still involved in DNA repair, apoptosis, antiviral immunity, regulation of intracellular calcium concentration, maintenance of membrane potential and regulation of gene expression. So, the maintenance of the intracellular levels of Inositol are of extreme importance for cellular homeostasis (equilibrium).
Positive effects on sport:
• Leads to cellular regulation;
• Regulates the transport of calcium, and this mineral is extremely important for muscle contraction;
• Regulates the response to glucose, which is important as fuel for muscles;
• Helps regulate anxiety levels and improve sleep quality by acting on the transmission of nerve impulses;
• Helps maintain mental well-being, so important for training and reaching your goals.
By Carla Santos, Pharmaceutical