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  • Inositol is a sugar alcohol and a structural isomer (although not stereo-isomer) of glucose (Fig. 7.1). It differs from glucose because all six carbon atoms are found within the ring of the molecule. Located primarily within cell membranes, inositol is ubiquitous in biologic organisms; the average adult human consumes about 1 g of inositol in the daily diet. It is regarded by some as a vitamin (1) and by European folk wisdom as a remedy for neurasthenia and mild depression. Berridge et al.(2) suggested that lithium acts in bipolar …

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  • January 1, 2008