Vitamins keep our bodies healthy and happy. B vitamins are especially important. Without them, our bodies can’t be their best!
What are B Vitamins?
B vitamins are a group of vitamins that play many important roles in our bodies. There are 8 B vitamins, each with their own function:
- B1 (thiamine): Thiamine changes nutrients into energy and helps prevent complications in your body.
- B2 (riboflavin): Riboflavin changes food into energy and acts as an antioxidant.
- B3 (niacin): Niacin helps with cell signaling, metabolism, DNA production, and repair.
- B5 (pantothenic acid): Pantothenic acid changes nutrients into energy and produces hormones and cholesterol.
- B6 (pyridoxine): Pyridoxine is involved in amino acid metabolism, producing red blood cells, and creating neurotransmitters.
- B7 (biotin): Biotin is necessary for carbohydrate and fat metabolism and regulates gene expression. Biotin is also known for strengthening hair, skin, and nails.
- B9 (folate): Folate helps cells grow, is involved with amino acid metabolism, the formation of red and white blood cells, and proper cell division. Folate is especially important in pregnancy as it helps the development of a baby’s nervous system.
- B12 (cobalamin): B12 is important for neurological function, DNA production, and red blood cell development.
Why do I need B Vitamins?
As you can see from above, B vitamins play a role in so many functions in our bodies! They are absolutely vital to our health.
If you’re feeling any of the following symptoms, you may have a B vitamin deficiency.
- Difficulty maintaining balance
- Intestinal problems
- Mood changes
- Muscle weakness
- Numbness and tingling in feet and hands
- Poor memory
- Soreness in mouth or tongue
Besides experiencing these symptoms, there are other reasons to consume B vitamins. If you’re:
- Pregnant or breastfeeding
- Over the age of 50
- Dealing with medical conditions such as celiac disease, cancer, Crohn’s disease, or anorexia
- Vegetarian or Vegan
Even if you’re as healthy as an ox, B vitamins still have many benefits:
- Increased sense awareness
- Enhanced mood and energized feeling
- Heightened clarity and mental focus
- Improved concentration and memory
- Boosted circulation and blood flow
Where can I find B Vitamins?
You can find B vitamins in several different foods.
- B1: red meat, spinach, kale, pork, whole grains
- B2: beef, eggs, almonds, spinach, salmon, broccoli
- B3: green vegetables, fish, legumes, beans
- B5: organ meat, egg yolk, avocado, lentils
- B6: eggs, bananas, berries, carrots, brown rice
- B7: pork, cauliflower, strawberries, nuts
- B9: beets, dates, salmon, beans, avocado
- B12: chicken, beef, fish, pork
In addition to food sources, taking a B vitamin supplement can be very beneficial, especially for people who do not get enough B vitamins from their diets, such as vegetarians and vegans.
Tranont Health offers a B vitamin supplement called [Vibe] which will help you get all the B vitamins you need for optimal health and give you a boost in energy and mood.
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