Important in fat and cholesterol metabolism. Mild lipotropic agent that removes fats from the liver and lowers blood cholesterol. Has been found in studies to improve symptoms of polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) including infertility, with significant weight loss and increased HDL “good” cholesterol. Used to prevent plaque build-up and arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries). Needed for hair growth and strong healthy hair. Helps maintain healthy skin. Used to prevent and treat eczema. Considered a brain food as it works with choline in brain cell nutrition. Needed, along with choline, for the formation of lecithin, a key building block of cell membranes that protects cells from oxidation and forms the protective sheath around the brain. Essential component of myelin that coats nerves and regulates nerve transmission and may help treat nerve disorders. Has helped improve nerve function in diabetics who experience pain and numbness arising from nerve degeneration. Preliminary research indicates that inositol has a calming effect and may help treat depression, panic attacks, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.