Vitamin B refers to the group of important vitamins that are essential for the body to release energy from fats, protein, and carbohydrates. These vitamins include:
- Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) that is found in bread, pork, and whole bread. It helps with digestion, growth, and it keeps the nerves healthy.
- Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) which is very important for the body to produce red blood cells that is found in red meat, mushrooms, milk, etc.
- Vitamin B3 (Niacin) which is essential in converting the food or supplements into energy. It aids the digestive system, skin, and nerves so that they will function normally.
- Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine) that plays essential role in maintaining the body’s red blood cells. It is also important in producing antibodies and nerve tissues.
- Vitamin B9 (Folic acid) which is found in fresh fruits, green plants, yeast, and liver. It is important for the division and growth of cells.
- Vitamin B12 (Pantothenic acid) which is essential for the body to release energy from proteins, fats, and carbohydrates. It also plays an important role in developing the central nervous system and cell building.
There are many reasons why people should take Vitamin B and these are the following:
- Vitamin B1 also known as Thiamine is considered the most important type of vitamin B today. It is anti-neuritic and anti-beriberi. It also promotes growth, stimulates brain action, and safeguards the muscles that protect the heart. Without it, the nervous system will not function well. Thiamine maintains red blood count, promotes healthy skin, and improves circulation. Its benefits also include protection against lead poisoning and prevention of fluid retention that is connected with heart diseases.
To avoid Vitamin B1 deficiency, include wholegrain cereals, oats, and rice to the diet. Also, grab some pineapples, pork, and nuts to maintain the supply of Thiamine.
- Vitamin B2 or riboflavin is essential in formation of antibodies and red blood cells. Without it, pregnant women may risk the health of the developing fetus. In addition, riboflavin is important in maintaining good vision and building tissue.
To keep the fetus healthy and maintain good eyesight, eat some dairy products, fish, broccoli, asparagus, lean meats, spinach, and poultry.
- Vitamin B3 or Niacin is also important in converting fat, carbohydrates, and proteins into energy. It also aids the digestive system to function normally and it promotes healthy nerves and skin. Niacin deficiency can lead to lose of appetite, muscular weakness, skin problems, and indigestion.
To keep energized and healthy, eat beef liver, tuna, sardines, cereals, lambs, sardines, etc.
- Vitamin B6 or Pyridoxine keeps the nervous and immune systems healthy. It also fights known heart diseases, maintains normal hormone production, and most importantly, it keep the red blood cells from becoming dangerous blood clots.
Keep the heart healthy by eating fortified cereals, poultry, some vegetables and fruits, soybeans, wheat germ, and fish.
- Vitamin B9 or Folic acid has attracted more attention when it was proven essential for pregnant women. It assures healthy fetus by keeping it away from neural tube defects. In addition, it also keeps the heart healthy by lowering homocysteine levels.
Folic acid sources
Have a healthy baby and heart by just eating grains, meat, beans, vegetables, fruits, and dairy products.
- Vitamin B12 or Pantothenic acid is very important for reproduction, growth, and normal physiological function. Vitamin B12 deficiency can lead to retardation, functional impairments, and sudden death.
Stay healthy by eating sweet potato, mushroom, yogurt, avocado, lobsters, and organ meats.
Vitamin B is very important for the body to function well. Knowing its benefit can improve health or even save lives.
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Our articles should be used for informational and educational purposes only and are not intended to be taken as medical advice. If you’re concerned, consult a health professional before taking dietary supplements or introducing any major changes to your diet.
Evangeline has taken part in competitive sports since a young age. As a qualified RYA Dinghy Instructor, she understands the importance of proper nutrition for fuelling extreme and endurance sports, especially due to her experience in Team GBR Squads and captaining and coaching her University first team.
In her spare time, Evangeline loves running – especially marathons. On the weekends, you’ll find her taking on water sports or hiking up a hill. Her favourite evenings are spent taking on a HIIT session or squats in the gym before digging into some spicy food and a ton of vegetables – yum!
Find out more about Evie's experience here.