Benefits of Vitamin B

Benefits of Vitamin B come from many sources as well, types of Vitamin B.  It is amazing how many people I speak to who have little energy, high stress, lack of sleep, depression, demanding lives and poor diets yet know nothing about the connection between their symptoms and their B Vitamin deficiencies. 

I remember as a child my Mother stating "Don't take B Vitamins, they make you hungry"!  This was one of the many myths I was raised with and today I think critically; "If that vitamin causes hunger, it must support metabolism"!

Of course I was raised during the low fat era and calorie restriction was the only known way to diet at that time.  Unfortunately, as I've stated in previous pages, my Mother did not introduce nor even speak of The Atkins Diet in our household. 

This is a diet where the principles are solid and could have prevented some of the childhood behavioral disorders I write about here.

Our B vitamins include eight water-soluble vitamins that play important roles in cellular metabolism.

  • Vitamin B1-Thianine; The brain energizer
  • Vitamin B2-Riboflavin; Antioxidant, team player, energizer
  • Vitamin B3-Niacin or Niacinamide; Restores sanity, controls cholesterol, repairs joints, controls diabetes  (this B Vitamin is depleted in alcoholism)
  • Vitamin B5-Pantothenic Acid; The Synthesizer and metabolizer
  • Vitamin B6-Pyridoxine; The most essential B Vitamin
  • Vitamin B7-Biotin; Diabetes benefactor, hair, skin and nail health
  • Vitamin B9-Folic Acid; Our most significant deficiency
  • Vitamin B12-Various cobalamins; commonly Cyanocobalamin in vitamin supplements; The vitality shot!

And recently classified in the B family, Inositil and Choline.  These 8 B Vitamins are generally referred to as "B Complex". 

You can think of them as your energy team.  This is one of the most important benefits of Vitamin B.

Benefits of B Vitamins Include:

  • Converts food into energy
  • Supports and increases metabolism
  • Converts amino acids into neurotransmittors
  • Supports stress management (Important for healthy adrenals!)
  • Provides energy
  • Maintains Healthy Skin and Muscle Tone
  • Enhances Immune Function
  • Enhances Nerve Function (Important in diabetic neuropathies)
  • Healthy Digestion
  • DNA and RNA Syntheses
  • Promotes cell growth and division—including that of the red blood cells that help prevent anemia*
  • (*this is important for cancer prevention)

We need a consistent intake of B Vitamins throughout the day as these are used for daily energy process'.   What is not utilized is excreted in the urine so it's a good idea to consume B Vitamins in 2 separate daily doses, in the morning as well, afternoon in addition to a healthy diet.

Whole food sources of B Vitamins include:

  • Meat
  • Fish
  • Poultry
  • Eggs
  • Liver
  • Milk and dairy products
  • Whole Grains
  • *Fortified Cereals
  • *(Not a health food nor a diet food and at the root of our demise)
  • Legumes
  • Vegetables
  • Fruits
  • Nutritional Yeast
  • The following list is an example of the many benefits of Vitamin B
    • Cholesterol Health
    • Normalized Cognitive Function, Anxiety, Depression
    • Hormonal Health
    • Diabetes
    • Energizers
    • Antioxidants
    • Joint Repair
    • B6 for Morning Sickness
    • (And so much more. This is one of the heavy hitters in the B family)
    • Prevents Birth Defects
    • (Folic Acid is one of our greatest deficiencies besides magnesium)
    • Healthy Skin
    • These are just a few of the major jobs of the B Vitamin family. Choosing a B Complex is easy. Look for a "whole food" B Complex vitamin supplement or desiccated liver tablets. The liver tablets are the most efficient and natural derived from clean sources of bovine from Argentina. This is my personal B Vitamin choice. This is also the most economical choice!

      Source: Encyclopedia of Nutritional Supplements: The Essential Guide for Improving Your Health Naturally; Murray 1996

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