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Vitamin B

The B vitamins really function as a complex and most health professions agree that they should be taken together, as they are found together in foods such as nutritional yeast, whole grains, milk and eggs, nuts, fish, fruits and leafy green vegetables.  They are vital to many process in the body, including energy production as well as metabolism of amino acids, fats and carbohydrates.  They are also essential for a healthy liver, skin, eyes, hair, mouth and nervous system.  The B Complex includes vitamins B1 (Thiamine), B2 (Riboflavin), B3 (Niacin), B5 (Pantothenic Acid), B6 (pyridoxine), B12 (Cyano Cobalamin), Biotin, Choline, Folic Acid, Inositol and PABA.

Vitamin B Complex Deficiency

Our modern day life contributes to B deficiencies in many ways:  Refined sugar consumption is now estimated to be at 150 pounds per person per year! Every time you eat white sugar, which is devoid of all vitamins and minerals, your body has to use up B vitamins from somewhere else in the body simply to process that sugar.  Over time, eating refined sugar can cause a major depletion of B vitamins in your body.

Many recreational and even prescription drugs including painkillers and anti-inflammatory drugs, anti-acids, blood pressure and cholesterol-lowering drugs, anti-depressants, tranquilizers, antibiotics and more also deplete the body of various B vitamins.  So do all the toxins and chemicals we are exposed to today, in our community's air, in our home building and furnishing materials, in our cleaning and body care products and in our foods.  Furthermore, our diets, full of refined, processed foods contribute to our B vitamin deficiency.  Stress is another major factor in B depletion.

Symptoms of Vitamin B Deficiencies

There are many and various symptoms of B deficiency, including mental problems like depression and anxiety, chronic fatigue and exhaustion, ADD and it's symptoms, like inability to concentrate and irritability, insomnia, heart palpitations and arrythmias and more.  If you suspect you have symptoms of B deficiency, stop eating refined, processed foods like white sugar and flour, and eat more foods with high B content.  You might also want to supplement with a high quality natural food source of B vitamins, like Quantum's nutritional yeast or Max Stress B Nano-Plex. 

Don't forget if you decide to supplement, it took you a while to become deficient in B vitamins, and it will take a while for you to correct the deficiency.  In severe cases it can take up to a year to replenish your vitamin B supplies.  Even in moderate cases it can take months of supplementation with food-based B vitamins before you start feeling better.


More on B1 – Thiamine
More on B2 – Riboflavin
More on B3 – Niacin
More on B5 - Pantothenic Acid
More on B6 – Pyridoxine
More on B12
More on Biotin
More on Folic Acid
More on PABA, Choline & Inositol


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