Why Vitamin B is Vital to Your Well-Being

The B series of vitamins are some of the most essential to the human body. There are 8 B Vitamins: B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), B5 (pantothenic acid), B6 (pyridoxine), B7 (biotin), B9 (folic acid), and B12 (cobalamin). Although they are all distinct individual vitamins they work closely with one another to help keep our bodies strong.

B Vitamins are water soluble, therefore the body uses what it needs, and flushes excess out in the urine. Although it's not troublesome to get too many B Vitamins, a deficiency is not uncommon, and the symptoms tend to be apparent.

The B complex contributes to keeping the immune system strong, they help the nervous system stay relaxed and calms stress, and they play a vital role in brain and mental health.

Here is a breakdown of some of the B Vitamins, how their role is important and what foods to find them in:

  • Thiamine Thiamine helps the body change carbohydrates into energy, particularly essential for the brain and the nervous system which feeds almost entirely on carbohydrates. Food sources are whole grains, pork and fish. Other food sources, such as cereal, have been fortified.

  • Riboflavin Riboflavin is mostly found in oily fish, eggs, wild rice and dark leafy greens. This B2 vitamin is also responsible for breaking down carbohydrates as well as fats and proteins. Riboflavin also fights off free radicals and breaks down toxins.

  • Folic Acid Folic acid also known as folate is important for metabolism and the growth and repair of healthy cells in the body. This B vitamin is found in dark leafy greens, beef liver, beans and nuts. It is particularly important for pregnant women and the development of the fetus.

  • Niacin Niacin is another enzyme that helps turn fat, carbohydrates and protein into useful energy for the body. It is also important for DNA reproduction and repair and can also improve cardiovascular health. Niacin is naturally found in poultry and fish as well as fortified cereals and grains.

Like many essential nutrients a deficiency in B vitamins can be detrimental to your health. Some symptoms, to name just a flew, include: fatigue, irritability, weight loss, muscle pain, weakness, skin disorders, anemia and nerve damage.

If you feel you might be deficient in Vitamin B consult with your doctor - there is a blood test that can be done. If you don’t think you are getting enough Vitamin B from the regular foods you eat, you can also supplement your diet with vitamin capsules such as Awesome B, found at the Rochester Holistic Center. This particular supplement is a powerful combination formulated in its natural enzymatic form, so it works immediately and with optimal absorption.

The human body is a machine and B Vitamins play a critical role in keeping it running healthy and efficiently.