Let’s try to avoid the usage of the word cure, because that implies magic or a miracle. Inositol has been found to be effective for the treatment of panic disorder. Inositol is a sweet tasting carbohydrate and is a derivative of glucose, a sugar. Inositol is found in fruits, as well as lechitins. Lechitins are yellowish-brown fatty substances founds in animals and plants. Lechitins include soybeans, milk, and eggs.
Inositol is effective for panic disorder, as illustrated by several studies (Palatnik et al., 2001; Benjamin et al., 1995). Inositol is also effective for obsessive compulsive disorder, also known as OCD (Fux et. al., 1996). Inositol has several studies showing effectiveness for anxiety disorders, especially panic disorder.
Inositol is an important component of the phosphatidyl-inositol cycle, which is a 2nd-messenger system used in cells. The phosphatidyl-inositol cycle is used by serotonin receptors in the CNS (Central Nervous System). Inositol works in panic disorder by increasing the signal of serotonin in serotonin receptors, thereby working similarly to SSRIs (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors) (Levine, 1997).
Possible side effects of inositol include fatigue, nausea, headache, and dizziness.
In summary, inositol is a naturally-occurring carbohydrate found in fruits, soybeans, milk, and eggs. It works similarly to SSRIs, but without the side effects. Studies show inositol is effective for anxiety disorders, especially panic disorder and OCD. Being a natural compound, inositol has few side effects. Inositol is a natural, inexpensive, and well-tolerated dietary supplement. Hence, inositol is a better alternative to prescription medications for anxiety which have numerous side effects, require doctor monitoring and prescription, and are expensive.
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