Getting Your Bs

Of course, everyone knows that vitamins are important, but how important are they? I was wondering myself which vitamins were the most important and why. What I found was that amongst the plethora of vitamins is a group of vitamins that will keep you feeling well if you have them and leave you hanging if you don’t take them. The group of vitamins I’m talking about are referred to as the B Vitamins. These are essential for cancer prevention, cellular health, immunity, energy, brain health, and even overall morality. Here are the B Vitamins and a little bit about each one.
 
B1 (Thiamine) – You will find Thiamine in the highest concentration in Pork and Yeast, but the most common place to get you B1 is from cereal grains. Because it is water soluble, there are no harmful side effects, but since we do not synthesize it naturally, we must find B1 in our food sources. Deficiencies in B1 can be seen in signs such as vomiting, impaired mental function, and in extreme cases, death.
 
B2 (Riboflavin) – Milk, cheese, and leafy greens are great sources of B2, but be careful, as the vitamin is susceptible to light. Since Riboflavin is excreted in the urine, deficiencies are common, but almost always linked to another ailment. Signs of a malnourishment are dry, cracked lips, sore throat, and mouth ulcers.
 
B3 (Niacin) – Not only has Niacin been proven to lower levels of HDL Cholesterol, but it has actually been shown to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. Some of the best sources include, liver, avocados, nuts, and mushrooms; however, it can be found in small amounts in a variety of sources. Deficiencies in B3 have been shown to have quite an impact from malnutrition to chronic alcoholism.
 
B5 (Pantothenic Acid) – Literally specified within its name, pantothenic acid can be found in just about every type of food. The best sources include whole grains, eggs, meat & royal jelly. Symptoms of a deficiency are similar to that of other B Vitamins with the main sign being fatigue. There have been very little studies to show the effects, but most found that when B5 was returned, the patient’s health returned to normal.
 
B7 (Biotin) –B7 is necessary for cell growth, fatty acid production, and the metabolism of amino acids. It also is able to help transfer carbon dioxide. Because of this, B7 has a reducing effect on blood sugar levels. It is also recommended for strengthening hair and nails.
 
B9 (Folic Acid) – So essential to our body, it needs B9 to synthesize, rebuild, and repair our DNA. For this reason, it becomes increasingly important in processes such as infancy and pregnancy. The main source of Folic Acid is leafy green vegetables such as Kale. Deficiencies can lead to diarrhea, shortness of breath, migraines, menstrual pain, fatigue, mental disorders, and irritability.
 
B12 (Cobalamins) – B12 plays a key role in brain and nervous system functioning and also the formation of blood. These vitamins can actually used to treat cyanide poisoning. Since B12 is mainly found in animal products, it is important to supplement if you don’t eat meat or eat very little.
 
These are all of you Bs. Make sure to keep up on them and you’ll be surprised how healthy you feel. B Complex vitamins are available at Revitalize! Health Spa & Organic Store
 
Revitalize! Health Spa & Organic Store
311 W Kennewick Ave
Kennewick, WA 99336
Phone: 509-586-6574

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