The B-vitamin family contains eight unique properties offering nutrients that aid in and support many vital functions in our body. The B vitamins are water soluble and eliminated daily through urination. Because of this, all of the B vitamins must be naturally ingested through our food or taken daily in a supplemental form for normal bodily functioning.
The B vitamins assist in energy production, energy metabolism and, among many other functions, aid in the production and metabolism of neurotransmitters. Vitamin B-6 is needed for the production of the neurotransmitters serotonin, dopamine, norepinephrine and gamma-amino butyric acid. A deficiency in vitamin B-6 inhibits normal nervous system functioning and in severe cases, can lead to seizure and death. Vitamin B-12 is needed for the production of Myelin, the protective sheathing around our nerves and Vitamin B-1 is needed for fatty acid production and fatty acid utilization. All of the B vitamins are integral to our overall health.
Many of the B vitamins are naturally found paired in foods. The most B vitamin nutrient dense foods include brewer’s yeast, wheat bran, wheat germ, beans, and nuts. Vitamin B-12 is only found in animal products. People who practice a vegan or vegetarian diet must use supplementary forms of vitamin B12. A high-quality B-complex supplement is recommended for all individuals with a restricted diet, a specialized diet or for those under increased mental or physical stress.
The entire family of B vitamins are available to consumers through on-line and traditional retail providers. Depending on your dietary needs, dietary restrictions and other health conditions, dosages of B vitamins will vary. B vitamins are non-toxic and have little to no known adverse effects even at dosages exceeding the recommended upper limits. In sourcing a B vitamin or B complex, look for a pharmaceutical grade, additive free, allergy tested, purity assured product.