Inositol - AMP (was Vitamin B8)
Vitamin B8 was the former name given to a distinct set of chemical compounds. This vitamin is soluble in water and is synthesized in our body as well along with its wide distribution in the nature. It is one of the nucleosides present in the RNA. It contains sugar ribose as well as phosphate group. It is now not considered a true vitamin:
- Adenosine monophosphate (AMP)
Vitamin B8 benefits the mind and body. Inositol plays a supporting role in the healthy functioning of cells, and it has shown potential for treating serious diseases as well as some psychological disorders and polycystic ovarian syndrome. As a form of glucose, enhance the performance of cells as part of the membrane that surrounds all cells, it also helps in the processing of fat in our liver while keeping our muscles and nerves working properly.
AMP in the form of cyclic AMP (cAMP) acts as a second messenger system and is essential for regulated intracellular signals. It converts into ATP (for energy) by the enzyme action adenylase cyclase and this is regulated by glucagon or adrenaline hormones. AMP is necessary for the synthesis of ADP, ATP and RNA.
- AMP plays role in our immune system.
- AMP causes promotion of functional nervous system
- It is also important for our nails as well as skin.
- It prevents the premature graying of hair among young or adults.
- Used in the treatment of some psychological disorders like OCD, bulimia, mood disorders, depression, panic attacks and the anxiety.
How much vitamin B8 do I need?
The RDA for vitamin B8 is 400 µg (micrograms). Although our bodies can produce inositol on their own, some people supplement B8. Vitamin B8 is effective in treating psychological conditions such as depression, bipolar disorder, and panic disorder as it influences how much serotonin is available to be supplied to nerves in the brain).
Vitamin B8 Foods
Legumes and sprouts are high in inositol. Vegetables, such as peppers, tomatoes, potatoes,asparagus and green leafy vegetables are also good sources of Inositol. Nuts and seeds also contain amount of inositol.