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Wooden spoon filled with white inositol capsules


Inositol hexaphosphate (IP6), more commonly known as phytic acid or phytate (the salt form), is a naturally-occurring compound. It is a source of phosphate in many plants and is abundant in foods such as cereals, grains and legumes.

IP6 is not digestible by people; in fact, it can chelate minerals in the gut, inhibiting their absorption.

A calcium-magnesium salt form of IP6 has been used in one preliminary study for treating type 2 diabetes, and IP6 has been used in combination with myo-inositol (also known as inositol) for reducing chemotherapy side effects. There is also one report of this combination used by a man with stage IV metastatic melanoma who, as reported by his doctors at the Mayo Clinic, entered remission.

Myo-inositol itself has been used for many other conditions, most notably polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), as well as depression, panic disorder and bipolar disorder, with some evidence of benefit.

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Note: Do not confuse inositol hexaphosphate with inositol hexanicotinate — a form of niacin found in some supplements.

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