B vitamins play an essential role in cellular metabolism and other physiological processes in the body. These water-soluble vitamins are cofactors for many biochemical reactions and deficiencies can often be life threatening. A comprehensive B Complex supplement should be a staple for almost everyone.
Vitamin B1 (Thiamin)
This is mostly found in grains, however, be sure they are unrefined as the refining process can strip the grain of the nutrients. Thiamin can become depleted with the consumption of alcohol, coffee, tea, sulfites and many types of medications and conditions including blood sugar issues, Crohn’s and MS. Alcoholics can develop thiamin deficiency and higher dosing is recommended in this population.
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)
Riboflavin-5’-phosphate is the coenzyme form of this B vitamin. Riboflavin has many roles in the body one of them being to contribute to the production of Reduced Glutathione (GSH). GSH protects from cataract formation. Studies have found that increased Riboflavin intake is associated with reduced nuclear cataract formation. Riboflavin is also used in the treatment of migraine headaches.
Vitamin B3 (Niacin)
This vitamin also plays a key role in the Krebs cycle and overall energy production. For those of you who remember the Krebs cycle from high school science, NADH is one of the products and is what is used to make ATP (energy) through oxidative phosphorylation or the electron transport chain. Niacin is the precursor to nicotinamide adenine dinucleodtide (NAD).
Vitamin B5 (Pantethine, Calcium d-pantothenate)
This is another big one for energy production. (I hope the redundancy is highlighting the relationship of B vitamins to energy or lack thereof.) It plays a crucial role in the metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins and fats. It is also an important cofactor in the production of cholesterol, hormones, neurotransmitters, porphyrin (part of the red blood cell), phospholipids (part of cell membranes) and antibodies (part of the immune system).
Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxal 5-phosphate, Pyridoxal hydrochloride)
Vitamin B6 is well known for the effect it has on improving mood. It is a necessary cofactor in the production of dopamine in the body. Pregnant women will often use it to relieve “morning sickness” and there is evidence that it can be helpful for some of the symptoms associated with Parkinson’s disease.
Biotin (AKA Vitamin B7)
Biotin is very important for the health of connective tissues like skin hair and nails. Symptoms of biotin deficiency can be thinning hair, loss of colour of hair, red rash around the eyes, nose and mouth.
Folic Acid (Vitamin B9)
This is essential in pregnancy and is known for preventing neural tube defects. Folic acid is important for many methylation reactions in the body and when taken with B12 can help prevent certain types of anemia. Vitamin B12 and Folic acid are also important for keeping homocysteine levels in check, which as mentioned before high homocysteine is associated with increased cardiovascular risk.
This has traditionally been considered a B vitamin, however, this is controversial as the body can synthesize it. Choline is found in large quantities in nervous tissue and is a precursor to the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. Choline is used in people who suffer from liver disease as well as respiratory problems.
Though a carbohydrate, inositol is also considered part of the B complex family. It can be found in lecithin (choline is also found in lecithin), unprocessed grains, cantaloupe, citrus fruits, brewer’s yeast, molasses and liver.
This is part of the folic acid molecule. It was once considered a B vitamin but is now considered a non-essential nutrient. It is naturally found in grains, eggs, milk and meat.
This herb is immunomodulatory, anti-stress, anxiolytic, analgesic, antitumour, antianaemic, anti-inflammatory, hypotensive as well as many other actions. In other words, it does everything! Traditionally, Ashwagandha has been used for managing stress responses, nervousness, joint pain, male and female fertility, anti-aging, immune support, inflammation and more.
This adaptogenic herb has been used in Russia for centuries to help increase the productivity of workers. It is also used to increase athletic performance, reduce fatigue, improve memory and concentration.
AKA “the king of herbs.” In Asia this herb is said to absorb energy from the earth and prolong life. It is used to improve cognitive function and to help those who are under chronic stress.
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