Vitamin B Complex and Health.

Vitamin B Complex and Health.

 

Why we Need Vitamin B Complex ? 

The Vitamin B Complex comprises of the essential B Vitamins – Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B9, Vitamin B12 plus the vitamins Biotin, Choline and Inositol. Vitamin B Complex is needed for the proper functioning of almost every process in the body.  

1. Energy Production

Vitamin B1 is needed to help convert the carbohydrates we eat into glucose. The following B Vitamins are needed at a cellular level to convert glucose into energy – Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6 and Biotin. A Vitamin B deficiency in any of these vitamins can lead to decreased energy production, lethargy and fatigue.

2. Healthy Nervous system

The Vitamin B Complex is essential for the healthy functioning of the nervous system. Vitamin B5 is needed for the correct functioning of the adrenal glands and the production of some hormones and nerve regulating substances. Vitamin B1, Vitamin B6 and Vitamin B12 are essential for the regulation and correct functioning of the entire nervous system including brain function.  A deficiency in any of the Vitamin B Complex vitamins can lead to feeling stressed, anxious and depressed.

3. Good Digestion

The Vitamin B Complex is essential for correct digestion, production of HCl (Hydrochloric acid) and to assist in the breakdown of fats, proteins and carbohydrates. Especially vital for good digestion are Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3 and Vitamin B6. A deficiency in any of these B Vitamins can lead to impaired digestion and deficiency of essential nutrients.

4. Healthy Skin, Hair and Nails

The Vitamin B Complex is essential for correct RNA and DNA synthesis and cell reproduction. As our Skin, Hair and Nails are constantly growing and renewing themselves we need the following B vitamins to ensure the good health of these structures – Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B9, Vitamin B12, Biotin and Choline. Deficiencies of any of these B Vitamins can lead to dry, grey skin, dermatitis, wrinkles, acne, rashes, falling hair and weak, splitting nails.

5. Synergy

The B Vitamins work so closely with one other that a deficiency in any one B Vitamin can lead to poor functioning of any or all of the others even if they are in good supply. Always take the B Vitamins in a Complex and then add up with any individual Vitamin B, if needed. B Vitamins are water-soluble which means any excess will be excreted through the urine. This also means that B Vitamins need to be taken on a daily basis, as the only one we can store is Vitamin B12., this is perfectly safe and normal.

Vitamin B Complex Benefits  & Side Effects

Vitamin B complex is actually a group of vitamins that include eight B vitamins. These B vitamins can be found in animal and plant sources, as well as in supplement form. They play a variety of roles in the body and provide numerous benefits. 

Lower Cholesterol

Vitamin B3, also known as niacin, has been shown to lower “bad” cholesterol levels, or LDL, levels and boost “good” cholesterol, known as HDL. This may also help prevent hardening of the arteries. Large doses of niacin can cause side effects and may cause liver problems.

Promote Healthy Growth 

Folate, one of the B complex vitamins, or its synthetic form folic acid, helps promote healthy fetal development as well as helps to make new cells in the body. Folate is necessary to make RNA and DNA, which help form cells. This vitamin also aids in producing red blood cells and helps prevent anemia. During pregnancy, folate protects against neural tube defects.

Side Effect’s

B vitamins are water-soluble; much of the excess of these vitamins gets excreted through urine. If taken in large doses, however, vitamin B complex can have negative side effects. Overdoses of B vitamins can lead to heart and liver complications, and high doses of vitamin B3, or niacin, can cause vision problems, nausea and vomiting and worsening of stomach ulcers.

 

 

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Sunil Srivastava

I am Sunil Srivastava, by profession I am a Nutrition and Diet consultant for more than 15 years now, having Diploma in nutrition and health education and Certification from My Health works on "Root cause reversial of lifestyle disorders". I love to find new ways to prevent diseases through Naturopathy and find out the root cause for the diseases. I am here to share my experience with you, hoping that it can help more and more persons in need and with a mission that we can save more lives with Naturopathy!

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