Uses

Inosine is a nucleoside, one of the basic compounds comprising cells. It is a precursor to adenosine, an important energy molecule, and plays many supportive roles in the body.

What Are Star Ratings?

This supplement has been used in connection with the following health conditions:

Used for Why
1 Star
Multiple Sclerosis
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Inosine is a precursor to uric acid, which is believed to block the effect of a compound that may play a role in MS development. Patients given inosine in order to raise uric acid levels experienced improved function in one study.

Inosine is a precursor to uric acid, a compound that occurs naturally in the body. Uric acid is believed to block the effect of a toxic free-radical compound (peroxynitrite) that may play a role in the development of multiple sclerosis. In an attempt to raise uric acid levels, ten patients with MS were treated with inosine in amounts up to 3 grams per day for 46 weeks. Three of the ten treated patients showed some evidence of improved function and the others remained stable. Controlled studies are needed to confirm these preliminary results.

How It Works

How to Use It

Although a common amount of inosine taken by athletes is 5,000-6,000 mg per day, little scientific evidence supports the use of this supplement in any amount.

Where to Find It

Inosine is found in brewer's yeast and organ meats. It is also available as a supplement.

Possible Deficiencies

Inosine is not an essential nutrient, so deficiencies do not occur.

Interactions

Interactions with Supplements, Foods, & Other Compounds

At the time of writing, there were no well-known supplement or food interactions with this supplement.

Interactions with Medicines

As of the last update, we found no reported interactions between this supplement and medicines. It is possible that unknown interactions exist. If you take medication, always discuss the potential risks and benefits of adding a new supplement with your doctor or pharmacist.
The Drug-Nutrient Interactions table may not include every possible interaction. Taking medicines with meals, on an empty stomach, or with alcohol may influence their effects. For details, refer to the manufacturers' package information as these are not covered in this table. If you take medications, always discuss the potential risks and benefits of adding a supplement with your doctor or pharmacist.

Side Effects

Side Effects

No side effects have been reported with the use of inosine for two to five days in the limited research available. However, unused inosine is converted by the body to uric acid, which may be hazardous to people at risk for gout.