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Vitamin B Complex
Vitamin B Complex InformationB complex is a blend of key B vitamins combined with other nutritional factors for enhanced synergism. This formula provides recommended potencies of the most important B vitamins and is designed to supply your body's required daily intake in one complete supplement. The vitamin B-complex refers to all of the known essential water-soluble vitamins except for vitamin C. These include thiamine (vitamin B1), riboflavin (vitamin B2), niacin (vitamin B3), pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), pyridoxine (vitamin B6), biotin, folic acid and the cobalamins (vitamin B12).
Each member of the B-complex has a unique structure and performs unique functions in the human body. Vitamins B1, B2, B3, and biotin participate in different aspects of energy production, vitamin B6 is essential for amino acid metabolism, and vitamin B12 and folic acid facilitate steps required for cell division. Each of these vitamins has many additional functions. Most multivitamin-mineral products contain the B-complex along with the rest of the essential vitamins and minerals. Since they are more complete than B-complex vitamins alone, multiple vitamin-mineral supplements are recommended to improve overall micronutrient intake and prevent deficiencies.
Vitamin B Complex Benefits
- Supports nerve tissues and nerve function
- Necessary for healthy muscle function, especially in the heart
- Involved in the conversion of fatty acids and amino acids into hormones, proteins and enzymes
- May help alcoholics metabolize alcohol more effectively, which may support recovery from addiction
- Supports health in people with Alzheimer's disease
- May also be of benefit to those suffering from a number of other neurological conditions including sensory neuropathy, sciatica and Bell's palsy, as well as insomnia
- Anemia may be responsive to supplementation with thiamine.(8)
- Instrumental in the metabolism of fatty acids and amino acids while playing a key role in energy production for the body.
- Also an important antioxidant.
- Provides targeted protection for the eyes and may help prevent cataracts
- Has also shown promise in the treatment of migraines
- Riboflavin deficiency may be linked to depression
- Effectively lowers elevated LDL levels while simultaneously raising levels of the “good” HDL cholesterol
- Use of inositol hexaniacinate has grown in popularity because it reportedly does not produce the side affects associated with nicotinic acid.
- Has been used to treat a number of complications arising from diabetes
- May also help maintain proper blood sugar levels in diabetics when use in concert with chromium
- May also be a potential treatment for rheumatoid and osteoarthritis, as well as acne when used topically
- May reduce the recurrence rate of heart attacks in people who are at risk
- Combining nicotinic acid with riboflavin may also reduce cataracts
- May improve symptoms of schizophrenia
- Supports proper function of the adrenal gland and is required for production of adrenal hormones
- Supports the production of healthy red blood cells and it may help the body rid itself of alcohol-related toxins
- May also support health in people with allergies while speeding wound healing and recovery from surgery, especially when taken in concert with vitamin C
- May also ease constipation
- B5 deficiencies have been associated with acne and arthritis
- Another form of pantothenic acid, pantothine, may reduce cholesterol levels and support cardiovascular health.
- Involved in the production of hemoglobin in red blood cells and neurotransmitters like serotonin, which plays a part in regulating our moods and preventing depression
- Involved in energy production in the body, as well as the metabolism of homocysteine, the amino acid that is a risk factor for atherosclerosis
- When used with vitamin B12 and folic acid, it can decrease homocysteine levels
- May help prevent hyperhomocysteinemia
- Related to lower rates of related cardiovascular events including heart attacks and repeated angioplasty
- Supplementation may be beneficial for patients with rheumatoid arthritis
- Asthmatics may experience fewer and less severe attacks when taking pyridoxine
- Effective in enhancing cognitive performance in older adults
- Also an important treatment for pyridoxine-dependent epilepsy
- May even treat some symptoms of autism
- May ease some of the nerve-related problems (neuropathies) that frequently develop in diabetic patients.(17)
- Can reduce the severity and frequency of vomiting episodes during pregnancy
- May also ease PMS symptoms.
- Required for the metabolism of monosodium glutamate (MSG) - supplementation with vitamin B6 often prevents or substantially reduces the severity of symptoms when people ingest MSG
- Plays an important role in the replication of DNA while supporting growth of the body’s cells
- Vital for the function and maintenance of the nervous system and red blood cells
- Instrumental in the body’s metabolism of protein, fat and carbohydrates
- Plays a key role in preventing elevated levels of homocysteine from building up in the body even when the levels are increased by lipid lowering drugs known as fibrates - elevated homocysteine increases the risk of developing atherosclerosis.
- Enhances cognitive performance in older adults - reduces risk of Alzheimer's disease
- May treat certain symptoms of Crohn’s disease
- Has been used experimentally to suppress the AIDS virus and to support health in AIDS patients, who are commonly deficient
- May ease symptoms for people with bronchial asthma while possibly supporting healthy brain function in diabetics
- May also enhance sperm count and sperm activity in cases of male infertility
- Can prevent allergic reaction to sulfite
Vitamin B Complex NotesThe Dietary Supplements Information Bureau recommends a daily dosage of:
5mg of Vitamin B1
10 mg of Vitamin B2
50 mg of Vitamin B3
15 mg of Vitamin B5
20 mg of Vitamin B6
100 mcg of Vitamin B12
This supplement (Vitamin B-50/B-complex) is considered safe when used in accordance with proper dosage guidelines.
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