Vitamin B8 (Inositol): What runners should know about Vitamin B8
Vitamin B8 supports energy production by breaking down fat to energy.
Vitamin B8 ("Inositol") is a vitamin-like compound that the body can synthesize from glucose. As such, inositol is no longer an officially categorized as a vitamin because the body can synthesize it from glucose; however, dietary consumption of inositol is required to meet daily allowances.
Top dietary sources of inositol include citrus fruits and beans.
FUNCTION IN THE BODY:
Vitamin B8 is a lipotropic agent that helps the body breakdown fat, especially in the liver.
HOW IT WORKS:
Lipotropic agents are molecules that have a polar and non-polar molecular end. The polar end attracts to water and the non-polar to fat, which is non-soluble in water. This mutual attraction pulls apart fat molecules to breakdown for easier transport through the body.
WHY IT MATTERS FOR RUNNERS:
Burning fat is an essential energy source for runners, especially distance runners. The more efficient your body converts fat into energy will enable you to run longer and faster. Vitamin B8 ("Inositol") is a one of the most critical lipotropic agents in the body enabling the breakdown of fat into energy for movement --- something that is important to you as a runner.
The more you know, the faster you run.
Best wishes chasing your running goals!
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