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D-chiro-inositol (commonly abbreviated DCI) is a member of a family of related substances often referred to collectively as "inositol," although that term encompasses several isomers of questionable biological relevance. It is known to be an important secondary messenger in insulin signal transduction.
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DCI is not abundant in most diets although it can be found in significant quantities in buckwheat farinetta and some other foods. It is possible that in higher vertebrates DCI is made from myo-inositol via the action of an epimerase. Contrary to common claims of the non-availability of DCI, it is in fact commercially available to the public as a nutritional supplement in the US.
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