Yes we do need to supplement many if not all of bodies vital nutrients, vitamins, minerals. The one's that work hard to keep us "healthy" in all aspects, both inside and out. Of all the vitamins and minerals many say the complex family of B-Vitamins is the most important. A group of 8 water-soluble vitamins that critical roles in some of the bodies most important functions.
B Vitamins confusing but necessary
- B1 Thiamine - Plays a key role in unlocking the hidden energy within carbohydrates. A little fact is that Thiamine has major role in nerve function. It is also involved heavily in both RNA and DNA production.
- B2 Riboflavin - Responsible for catabolism of fatty acids. It plays a key role in energy metabolism, as well the metabolism of the bodies fat.
- B3 Niacin - Uniquely structured Niacin is actually composed of 2 structures nicotinic acid and nicotinamide. Both of which have crucial roles in energy transfer reactions in the metabolism of glucose, fat and alcohol.
- B5 Pantothenic Acid - Is mainly involved in the synthesis of amino acids, fatty acids and more importantly neurotransmitters. B5 is also involved in the oxidation of fatty acids and carbohydrates
- B6 Pyridoxine - This is isn't just an important B-vitamin this is could be one of the most important of all vitamins. It is directly involved in the metabolism of both amino acids and lipids.The largest contributing factor in the synthesis of neurotransmitters and hemoglobin. Pyridoxine also plays an important role in gluconeogenesis.
- B7 Biotin - Biotin plays a key role in the metabolism of lipids, proteins and carbohydrates. It is also involved in the synthesis of fatty acids. Biotin also has a role in gluconeogenesis. One of the most important yet unknown functions of B7 is its involvement in the metabolism of energy, amino acids and cholesterol.
- B9 Folic Acid - Folate as a Folic Acid acts as a co-enzyme. In this form it is directly involved in the transfer of single-carbon units in the metabolism of nucleic acids and amino acids. As a Folate aids in the production of Red Blood cells.
- B12 Cobalamin - Is involved in the cellular metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins and lipids. It is essential in the production of blood cells in bone marrow, nerve sheaths and proteins.
So make sure before you rush off to your doctor to be treated for some condition. Instead have your blood checked (tested) get an accurate reading on your bodies vitamins and minerals. Most (if not all) conditions of illness come down to a simple deficiency of some sort.
B Vitamin Deficiency Effects
- B1 - Beriberi, deficiency can also cause irreversible dementia characterized by severe amnesia and mass confusion.
- B2 - Symptoms of a riboflavin deficiency typically include sore throat with redness and swelling of the mouth and throat. A lone B2 defiociency is rare so check for other deficiencies as well.
- B3 - Causes Pellegra. Symptoms include aggression, dermatitis, insomnia,weakness, mental confusion, and diarrhea. Advanced cases have been known to lead severe dementia and even death.
- B5 - Deficiency can result in acne and paresthesia.
- B6 - Deficiency may lead to microcytic anemia, depression, high blood pressure, dermatitis, and elevated levels of homocysteine.
- B7 - No known symptoms in adults. May lead to impaired growth and neurological disorders in infants.
- B9 - Birth defects, anemia.
- B12 - Anemia, memory loss other cognitive deficits, severe deficiency can result in dementia.