The Indispensable 8 – Are You Getting Enough?
B vitamins are eight nutrients that are essential to human function, as our bodies cannot produce them on our own. Due to many lifestyle factors such as; excessive stress, highly processed carbohydrate diets and GI issues the majority of people are not getting enough of these crucial vitamins.
B1 (Thiamine) – Anti-stress and protects the immune system. B1 also plays a large role in the metabolism of glucose.
B2 (Riboflavin) – Necessary for red blood cell (RBC) production and oxygen transport, important for metabolic capacity. Antioxidant effects protecting cells from damage.
B3 (Niacin) – Crucial for sex and stress hormone production in the adrenal glands.
B5 (Pantothenic Acid) – Plays a vital role in metabolism and the break down of fats and carbohydrates. Also a key in stress and sex hormone production.
B6 (Pyridoxine) – Helps the body to produce serotonin, melatonin and norepinephrine. Regulates mood and sleep patterns.
B7 (Biotin) – Involved with controlling blood glucose levels. Vital in optimal hair, skin and nail health.
B9 (Folate) – Prevents neurological birth defects. Plays a role in preventing memory loss and boosting mood to reduce depression.
B12 (Cobalamin) – Helps to convert fats and proteins into energy. Works with B9 to produce red blood cells (RBC). Important in energy production and metabolism.
How Can They Help?
In our daily lives, we are exposed to numerous estrogenic chemicals and toxins. If not effectively detoxified they can bind to cell receptors and create numerous health issues.
Vitamin B6, B9 and B12 aid in the process of removing harmful estrogen from the body. This is extremely important for fat loss as higher estrogen levels are linked to higher body fat individuals. High estrogen levels are also linked to greater disease risks such as cancer and depression.
Detoxification is a complicated internal process. A one-week juice detox will not help this process, but adequate dosing of B vitamins will! B vitamins are crucial in phase 1 liver detoxification and also used as methyl donors helping increase antioxidant reserves especially for glutathione.
Vitamin B1 and B5 are both used in metabolism and break down of carbohydrates and fats and helping with absorption and assimilation of nutrients. Vitamin B1 works as a co-factor in allowing fat to enter the Krebs cycle to be burned as energy.
Where To Get Them?
A diet of whole foods and reduced highly processed carbohydrates is a great start. Several B vitamins, such as B12, are only found in animal sources. Legumes, nuts and seeds are all Vitamin B containing foods.
Often people supplement with B vitamins as their diets may lack specific forms. We recommend using Designs For Health B-Supreme as it is dosed at clinical levels and contain the most bio-available forms.