Inositol to Increase GABA for Depression

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   Posted 6/20/2012 1:12 PM (GMT -6)   
According to the Braverman test, Inositol increases the levels of the neurotransmitter GABA, and can help eliminate depression in individuals.
I do not have any inositol on hand right now, so I was wondering if anyone here knows what types of foods contain fairly high levels of inositol? Or, if you know anything about how inositol works for depression, please let me know.
Thanks so much!

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   Posted 6/23/2012 6:57 PM (GMT -6)   
I can't answer your question about food, but I think you'd need to eat a lot in order to get enough because this is what my PCP who is an integrative medicine doc said in something she gave me long ago:
Inositol - helps depression, anxiety, Bipolar and other psychological stress states. Use just like sugar. Take 3-6 teapoons a day. Takes 3-6 weeks to work. Buy bulk as powder.
I only started less than two weeks ago, so it's too soon to tell. I bought NOW brand, but might check to see if it can be bought online in a bigger bottle.

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   Posted 6/26/2012 6:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Beans, Citrus fruit, cantaloupe, whole grain bread.

Inositol is not an essential nutrient, so it does not have a recommended intake level, since your body can produce as much inositol as it needs to function. In addition, many foods -- including several fruits, vegetables, grains and legumes -- contain phytic acid, a plant compound converted to inositol after digestion. If you're interested in modifying your diet to increase your inositol intake, talk to a registered dietitian to design a meal plan.
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