A simple substance found in food , known as inositol, appears to reverse the harmful effects of smoking, a finding that can bring cheer to anyone who smokes or loves someone who does. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer related death in the U.S., and 85 to 90% of lung cancer cases are associated with tobacco use, so this discovery is a very big deal. Tobacco components promote the initiation and growth of lung tumors through their toxic effects on genes as well as through biochemical modulation of signaling pathways that regulate cell proliferation and survival. Inositol seems to stop these processes dead in their tracks.
Inositol is a naturally occurring nutrient grouped with the B complex of vitamins, even though it is not officially recognized as a vitamin and no RDA has been set. Like the B vitamins, inositol is water soluble and as a result is not stored very well in the body. Even though approximately 4 grams a day are naturally produced from glucose in the kidneys, this amount does not meet the body’s needs, and more must be obtained from the diet.
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