Few of us would not benefit from the addition of the unbeatable B’s in our daily supplement program.
Without the vitamin B family, our bodies can’t maintain healthy nerve, skin, and hair, eyes, liver, or muscle tone. Nor can they utilize carbohydrates, fats, and proteins adequately. The vitamin B family is an important group of nutrients, each with its own biological role to play. As a group, the B’s work together in the body and can be found in the same foods. Because of this “togetherness” they are called the B-complex vitamins. Since B-vitamins are water soluble and cannot be stored in the body for long periods of time, they must be replaced daily. Here is an overview of the B family:
Vitamin B-1 (thiamin)
Functions as an enzyme compound
Essential for energy production, carbohydrate use, and nerve cell function.
Promotes strong mental health
Vitamin B-2 (riboflavin)
Plays a crucial role in the energy production
Maintains healthy eyes, skin, and mouth tissues
Vitamin B-3 (niacin)
Promotes healthy cholesterol levels
Supports energy production
Vitamin B-5 (pantothenic acid)
Plays a key role in adrenal functions and in producing red blood cells
Helps maintain ideal cholesterol levels and helps utilize fats and carbohydrates for energy production
Vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine)
Plays a crucial role in the proper functioning of over 60 different enzymes that helps repair and replace cells.
Supports immune systems, as well as keeps mucous membranes and skin healthy
Provides support vital for healthy pregnancies
Can be linked to proper formation of red blood cells
May decrease the risk of arthrosclerosis by blocking the action of homocysteine, an undesirable form of the amino acid cysteine
Vitamin B-12 (cobalamin)
May decrease the risk of atherosclerosis
Supports energy metabolism as well as immune and nerve functions.
Promotes strong, healthy nail and hair formation
Maintains production of scalp oils; promoting a healthy scalp.
Helps the body convert simple sugars to glucose for energy reserves.
Helps produce fatty acids, essential energy nutrients
Required in protein synthesis and red blood cell formation
Believed to reduce the risk of some birth defects when taken prior to and during pregnancy
Promote a healthy heart by maintaining healthy homocysteine levels.
May decrease the risk of arthrosclerosis
Choline and Inositol
Involved in the body’s use of fats and cholesterol; choline in the use and storage of fat, inositol in making large key molecules.
Called phospholipids, theses large molecules, aid in digesting and using fats.
PABA (para-aminobenzoic acid)
Works concurrently with other nutrients in the body to perform a variety of different tasks
Helps in formation of folic acid and use of protein to repair and regenerate the body.
Supports healthy intestinal flora.
Remember B vitamins with food to both increase absorption and to eliminate the possibility of casing an upset stomach. Have you had your dose of vitamin B today?