The Important Role of Vitamin B Complex
The 8 essential B vitamins in Vitamin B Complex help support adrenal function, calm and maintain a healthy nervous system, and facilitate key metabolic processes.
The Important Role of Vitamin B Complex
The 8 essential B vitamins in Vitamin B Complex help support adrenal function, calm and maintain a healthy nervous system, and facilitate key metabolic processes. Pregnant women (and women seeking to become pregnant) may benefit from the effects of certain B vitamins on fertility, as well as preventing birth defects in their children such as spina bifida.
A vitamin B complex supplement that contains a full spectrum of B vitamins, including thiamine (B1), riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3), pantothenic acid (B5), pyridoxine (B6), biotin (B7), folic acid (B9) and cobalamin (B12) These 8 essential B vitamins help to support adrenal function – the main purpose of your adrenal glands is to enable your body to deal with stress, including stress from injury, disease and even stress from work and relationship problems; They also help to calm and maintain a healthy nervous system and to facilitate life sustaining metabolic processes within our cells, keeping our bodies running like well-oiled machines. Whilst many of them work in tandem they each have specific benefits too from promoting healthy hair and skin to preventing migraines and memory loss. Pregnant women or women who are planning to become pregnant could also benefit from the effects of certain B vitamins on fertility, whilst also preventing birth defects such as spina bifida.
You should also do what you can to increase your intake of the B vitamins through the consumption foods that contain B vitamins:
B1 helps the body make healthy new cells. It also has the ability to protect the immune system and thus is often called an anti-stress vitamin. It is essential for the metabolism of carbohydrates into simple glucose the primary fuel for our bodies cells and provides the energy for growth, nerve function and muscle tone.
It is found in: Whole grains, wheat germ, legumes (beans, lentils), beef and pork, brewer’s yeast, full fat milk, nuts, seeds, oranges, spinach and kale.
B2 has antioxidant properties that help fight free radicals (atoms in the body that damage cells) and may prevent early aging and the development of degenerative diseases. It is also important for body growth and red blood cell production, the primary function of red blood cells is to carry oxygen throughout the body.
It is found in: Almonds, wild rice, whole fat dairy (milk, cheese, plain yoghurt), eggs, liver, poultry, fish, dark greens such as brussel sprouts, spinach, asparagus, broccoli, soy beans and buckwheat. Remember to buy milk and yogurt in opaque containers, not clear ones as riboflavin is easily destroyed by exposure to light.
One of the main uses for niacin is to boost good cholesterol (HDL cholesterol). The more HDL you have in your blood the less bad cholesterol (LDL cholesterol) you will have in your blood.
Niacin also helps the body make stress and sex related hormones in the adrenal glands and other parts of the body and can help to improve circulation. It has also been shown to be effective in treating acne when applied topically and ingested. Although vitamin B3 deficiency is rare in developed countries alcoholism has been shown to lower B3 levels.
It is found in: Yeast, chicken breast, tuna and veal, milk, eggs, beans and green vegetables
Pantothenic Acid (B5)
Varying levels of vitamin B5 are found in almost every food group Ã¢â‚¬â€ its name comes from the Greek word pantothen meaning Ã¢â‚¬Ëœfrom everywhereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢. It breaks down fats and carbohydrates for energy and sis also responsible for the production of stress and sex related hormones, including testosterone. Scientific studies have shown that Vitamin B5 also promotes healthy skin reducing the signs of skin aging.
It is found in: Shiitake & crimini mushrooms, avocados, sweet potato, broccoli, yogurt, eggs, meat and legumes (beans and pulses)
This B vitamin helps the body to use and store energy from carbohydrates and protein and is critical for haemoglobin in the blood. Along with vitamins B12 and B9, Vitamin B6 helps regulate levels of the amino acid homocysteine, high levels of which are a known risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Pyridoxine is also a major player in sleep patterns and mood as it helps the body produce serotonin, melatonin and norepinephrine, a stress hormone. The European Food Safety Authority has also approved the following claims:
B6 contributes to the reduction of tiredness and fatigue
B6 contributes to normal functioning of the nervous system
B6 contributes to normal red blood cell formation
B6 contributes to the normal function of the immune system
B6 contributes to the regulation of hormonal activity
It is found in: BrewerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s yeast, Legumes, chicken, fish, sunflower seeds, cheese, brown rice and carrots, spinach, peas, potatoes, cheese and eggs.
Known also as the Ã¢â‚¬ËœBeauty VitaminÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ as it has been shown in scientific research to contribute towards healthy hair, skin and nails. However, a fact worth noting is that although it is found in many cosmetic products for the skin and hair, it cannot be absorbed through hair or skin.
It helps the body process glucose and therefore may help people with diabetes control high blood glucose levels. Biotin is used for preventing and treating biotin deficiency associated with pregnancy.
It is found in: Barley, liver, kidney, yeast, pork, chicken, fish, potatoes, avocado, cauliflower, broccoli, spinach, potatoes, cheese, egg yolks, legumes, nuts and soy.
Folate/Folic Acid (B9)
Folate is the natural form of this vitamin; folic acid is the man-made form. Taking folic acid before and during pregnancy can help prevent birth defects of the baby’s brain and spinal cord. Also taking folic acid whilst breast-feeding will ensure the baby gets the folic acid it needs to stay healthy.
Interestingly the man0made form of vitamin B9 is absorbed better by the body than the natural form.
Studies also suggest folate may help keep depression at bay and prevent memory loss.
It is found in: Dark leafy greens, asparagus, beets, salmon, root vegetables, milk, bulgur wheat and beans, bananas, melons, lemons, yeast, and mushrooms.
Vitamin B12 plays a key role in the normal functioning of the brain and nervous system, and for the formation of blood. Vitamin B12 is only found in animal products so non-meat eaters have a higher chance of having a deficiency and it would be useful to supplement with B12
It is found in: Dairy, eggs, meat, fish, poultry, and shellfish.
Naturem’s Vitamin B Complex provides the perfect dosage of all these essential B vitamins