Last night, i spent far too much time trying to find a "candy recipe" to make inositol easier to consume in tablespoon-quantities. It made me think of something, as inositol is so sweet and powdered-sugar-like.... I just googled "carbs in powdered inositol." Serving size, 1/4 teaspoon -- 1 g carb. Two tablespoonsful = 24 grams.
Having a suspicion that my body may not convert phytates or glucose to inositol any better than it does beta-carotene to vitamin A, this means i NEED to ingest isolated inositol. This means i have an "essential carbohydrate."
I failed to mention yesterday, in my general discussion of this stuff, that most of inositol's magic comes from it being what is called a "second messenger" for our bodies' neuro-and-hormone-transmitting system. The major players travel through our bodies till they come to the cell wall, then hand off the message to these second-messengers like a relay-racer hands off the baton. If there's insufficient inositol in my system, for example, the TSH may be carrying urgent messages to my thyroid for more-more-more, and my thyroid not registering the message in its full amplitude.
No wonder if -- IF -- some people think that raising their intake of carbohydrates raises their thyroid's performance. It might just mean that some of the carbs they're eating are being broken down properly to inositol, and effectively giving a "hearing aid" to their glands.
I didn't get an awful lot of answers, googling "inositol and thyroid" -- mostly one damn rat study over and over. I wonder how much attention is being paid to this potentially-important connection.
Bear in mind that this is just a preliminary hypothesis! But not only is the conclusion from observation logically plausible, the mechanism is, too....