16 Oct Your Vitamin B 101
Understand the functions of B vitamins for your body’s health and well-being. Vitamin B is a group of essential nutrients that play vital roles in maintaining overall health and well-being. There are several different types of vitamin B, each with its own functions and benefits. Whether you’re looking to boost your energy levels, support your nervous system or enhance cognitive function, there’s a B vitamin to help you achieve it!
What are B Vitamins?
B vitamins must be eaten or taken daily as they are not stored in the body but used as required – with excess passing through the body. We mostly cannot produce our own B vitamins, so we receive these through diet and supplementation. They support our bodies with a host of functions, including energy and metabolism, red blood cell production, nervous system support, cognitive function and more.
The Different Types of B Vitamins:
B1 – Thiamin
Helps to prevent complications in the nervous system, brain, muscles, heart, stomach, and intestines.
B2 – Riboflavin
Helps to reduce oxidative stress and to break down carbohydrates, proteins and fats to produce energy, as well as allows oxygen to be used by the body.
B3 – Niacin
Helps to improve circulation and has been shown to suppress inflammation. As niacinamide, it is a potent hydrating and anti-ageing tonic.
B5 – Pantothenic acid
Plays a vital role in energy metabolism, red blood cell production, and the synthesis of hormones in the adrenal glands related to sex and stress.
B6 – Pyridoxine
Is important for normal brain development and for keeping the nervous system and immune system healthy.
B7 – Biotin
Promotes appropriate function of the nervous system and is essential for liver metabolism as well as being useful in skincare and for strengthening hair and nails.
B9 – Folic acid/Folate
An essential vitamin that helps your body form red blood cells and DNA and is especially important for healthy growth and development during pregnancy.
B12 – Cobalamin
Helps to keep your body’s blood and nerve cells healthy and to synthesise DNA, the genetic material in all of your cells. Vitamin B12 also helps prevent megaloblastic anaemia and is an essential supplement for vegans.