Benefits of B Complex
There are 8 essential water-soluble B vitamins. Included are thiamine (B-1), riboflavin (B-2), panothenic, acidniacin, B-6, biotin, folacin and B-12.
They are essential for human metabolism, growth, reproduction, general health, converting food to energy, healthy appetite, the normal functioning of the digestive tract, forming healthy red blood cells, correct digestion, production of HCl (Hydrochloric acid) and to assist in the breakdown of fats, proteins and carbohydrates, crucial in dealing with stress, heart health, can reduce or even eliminate PMS symptoms, reduce or eliminate anemia, minimize or even eliminate depression, and preventing birth defects.
B vitamins are a family and need to be taken in conjunction with each other. Increasing one B vitamin will not benefit you unless you include the others in the family. Some websites and vitamin companies say that you don’t need to take the B’s as a complex and that you can increase the one you need more of. This is a dangerous philosophy and can throw off your metabolism. What good is taking more of one vitamin if it cannot be used without the support of other nutrients?
I can’t believe what a difference they make in the way I feel. I know that when I am getting stressed out I need to take more B complex. Since I have been taking Vitalizer which has B complex and 79 other bioavailable nutrients in it, I just plain feel better because I am getting the nutrients I need, where I need them.
B Vitamins are so important they are one of the few nutrients the federal government mandates to be added to foods. The problem: You cannot rely on food for enough vitamin B. Intense heat, slow cooking, light, baking soda and baking powder all destroy B vitamins. So even if our food is “enriched” it really doesn’t do us much good.
We can’t rely on the FDA, the government or the food industry to look out for our long-term health. That is up to us. Most of the time the B vitamins used in cheap supplements and food production are the cheapest and least useful forms of B. Folic acid for example is needed for many important functions including prenatal health. Yet, folic acid is notoriously susceptible to damage and is difficult to absorb without the right form and helper nutrients.
Signs/Reasons You Need More B Vitamins
- You are under stress
- drink more than 3 alcoholic beverages a day
- eat lots of sugar, carbs and processed foods
- have high homocysteine levels
- have a poor appetite
- are tired often
- if you get headaches or dizziness
- problems with acne and skin
- have constipation or digestive disorders
- are a vegetarian or vegan
- have dry hair, dry, cracked, scaly skin
- have ADHD
- are pregnant
- take medications for diabetes or peptic ulcers
- are nervous a lot
Vitamin B Sources
Vitamin B is water-soluble, so it must be replenished every day through diet or supplements. There are many foods rich in vitamin B. Some natural sources include:
- whole grains
- chili peppers
- green leafy vegetables
- dairy products, milk and milk products
- meats including turkey, tuna, and liver
- lean red meat
- citrus fruits
- enriched bread
It is difficult to get what we need from only dietary sources. Taking a high quality supplement is a good way to go. Make sure the supplement is well balanced. You also want to make sure you supplement with a high quality multivitamin to help the nutrients absorb into your system.
Shaklee has been in the business of better health for us and our planet for over 50 years. As such they actually have the scientific backing for their products. If the nutrients aren’t useful or available why even bother making a supplement?
B-Complex provides all eight essential B vitamins necessary for converting the food we eat into energy. B vitamins are essential in the synthesis of DNA and new cells. The B vitamins (folic acid, B6, and B12) promote a healthy cardiovascular system by helping to lower homocysteine levels in the blood.*
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*. Ubbink JB, Vermaak WJH, van der Merwe A, Becker PJ. Vitamin B12, vitamin B6 and folate nutritional status in men with hyperhomocysteinemia. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 1993; 57:47-53.
Riggs KM, Spiro A, Ticker K, Rush D. Relations of vitamin B12, vitamin B6, folate and homocysteine to cognitive performance in the Normative Aging Study. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 1996; 63:306-314.
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