Vitamin B: It's pretty complex
Interestingly there are over 20 authorised claims for B vitamins, including adding to a normal energy-yielding metabolism, the functioning of the nervous system and heart, psychological function, maintenance of normal red blood cells, vision, hair and skin as well as the reduction of tiredness and fatigue.
B vitamins are key in the role of how carbohydrates, protein and fats are metabolised and converted into energy for our cells. As B vitamins work in a way in which they help other bodily functions to be carried out, they are combined into one single supplement known as a B group complex – this is used to reduce tiredness and fatigue, supporting our immunity, brain and nervous system function, aiding memory and helping to maintain a healthy heart and red blood cells. Examples of vitamin B rich foods are wholegrains, meats, eggs and dairy products, beans, nuts, seeds and dark green leaves.
As B vitamins play vital roles in metabolism, being deficient can lead to health problems such as fatigue, muscle weakness, reduced immunity, skin rashes, sores around the mouth, poor healing and dementia.
There are many benefits to B vitamins, such as:
- Energy production, B vitamins play a vital role in metabolism, and are needed through the metabolism of carbohydrate, protein and fat to release energy. B vitamins are also essential for the conversion from glucose to energy, such as the release of energy from the muscle starch store (glycogen) and to process fatty acids released from body fats and amino acids from recycled proteins.
- Reduction of tiredness and fatigue, as B vitamins are required for energy production, they are very important for muscle cells which contract regularly and to reduce tiredness and fatigue. In a study that was carried out involving 80 healthy, elderly women, taking a B1 supplement for 6 weeks significantly improved general wellbeing and decreased feelings of fatigue.
- Immune support
- Nervous system support, B vitamins are involved when nerves conduct messages and are essential for central and peripheral nervous system to work properly. B vitamins are also needed for the brain to function properly, and deficiency of these vitamins have been associated with higher levels of inflammation of nerves as well as oxidative stress through the brain.
- Psychological function
- Maintenance of normal hair, skin and mucous membranes, B vitamins are important for healthy hair, skin, nails and mucous membranes such as in the lining of the mouth and intestines.
- Healthy circulation
- Maintenance of normal vision
B vitamins are water soluble meaning they dissolve in water, meaning they are unlikely to build up in the body causing side effects.
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