B vitamins work in a complex (pun intended!) yet complementary way and explains why supplements are often produced containing all of the essential B vitamins. The manner in which the B vitamins interact has a direct impact on tiredness and fatigue, immune function, brain function, heart function and the production of red blood cells. Did you know there are actually over 20 approved health claims for vitamin B?
A vitamin B deficiency can lead to muscle weakness, reduced immunity, dementia and extended periods for healing cuts. The recommended intake of vitamin B varies between each but here at BestLyfe we’ve included all of the essential B vitamins in their recommended amounts in a easy to take supplement (hyperlink to vit b complex). However if you’re looking to source vitamin D directly from your diet then good sources include: nuts, peas, beans, green vegetables and eggs.
The benefits of sufficient vitamin B intake include:
Feeling more alert and focused.
Improved brain and eye function
Better wellbeing - better circulation, faster healing and more radiant skin and hair.
Vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9 and B12 are all aid in the production of energy, helping us to focus a little better and yawn a little less. This is because B vitamins are essential during the metabolism of the food that we eat, helping to release the energy that is stored in glucose as well that stored our muscles.
The release of energy not only benefits our muscles but also our brain where it is used to produce neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine. This has an impact on how alert we are, what mood we are in and how well we can remember things. Going a stage further, vitamin B12 helps the communication between our neurotransmitters as it helps to produce a substance called myelin. If we do not produce enough myelin the efficiency on transmissions reduces and this can lead to symptoms of dizziness, blurry vision and pins and needles.
B2, B6, B9 and B12 play a variety of roles in the maintenance and formation of red blood cells which help to carry oxygen around our body. B6 and B12 play another role in our circulation system as they help to break down homocysteine which if it is allowed to build up in our system can increase the risk of heart disease and stroke.
Vitamin B impacts on lots of metabolic functions but it also helps to protect us from germs in the external environment. In particular Vitamins B9 and B12 are needed for the production of antibodies which help to fight off those seasonal colds, flu and bacterial infections.
It’s unlikely that you’ll ever overdose on vitamin B - it’s a water soluble vitamin meaning that we digest and excrete it frequently. However, if you are experiencing symptoms such as blurry vision, excessive third, upset stomachs then it’s important to seek medical attention immediately!
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