B vitamins don’t have the razzle-dazzle like the antioxidants have, but they are extremely important to your health, growth and development, aging, sex drive, and mental well-being.
That sounds razzle-dazzle to me.
About The Bs
The B vitamins are water-soluble, and like most everything found in Nature, they work together as a team to provide your body amazing health benefits.
Some B vitamins cannot store in the body, so it’s important to consume them daily, either through foods or supplements. Remember that they work together, so for the Bs that store in the body as opposed to the ones that do not, they’ll keep their balance.
The Bs serve many important functions:
- the Bs support your blood and immune system;
- the B vitamins assist in the transformation of food into usable energy;
- they are required for a healthy nervous system;
- the Bs are needed for good heart health;
- B vitamins play a role in glucose metabolism.
Who Needs Their Bs?
You’ll want efficient B vitamin levels if:
- you are on a strict weight loss program;
- eat a lot of processed foods;
- frequently take antibiotics or seizure disorder drugs;
- inclined to fast.
Did you know that some of the B vitamins are actually produced in small amounts inside of your digestive tract and in your organs?
As we grow older, it is important to get additional B Complex vitamins to stay healthy.
Foods That Have The B Vitamins
Because the B vitamins work together for optimal health, they are naturally grouped together in various combinations in order to help one another do their jobs.
The B Complex vitamins are found in:
- organ meats, such as liver and kidney;
- muscle meats, like steak, but these do not contain high B levels, like the organ meats;
- whole grains – found in the bran and germ;
- legumes, such as beans and peas;
- leafy green veggies.
Foods That Don’t Contain B Vitamins
The manufacturing of foods typically removes healthy vitamins, and these foods do not contain any Bs:
- cereal products (breakfast cereals);
- white bread;
- most pasta;
- simple sugars;
- refined bakery goods;
- fast foods.
Most manufacturers add the Bs back into their processed products, but to me, I don’t think that these vitamins are as natural or as healthy as those found in natural, unprocessed foods.
Stick with the whole grains, beans, and other natural and raw products – stay away from highly processed foods.
Cooking Your Bs
Cooking or microwaving your food can destroy the potency of several of the B vitamins in the B Complex.
If you cook your food more than eating raw foods, it’s a good idea to supplement with a B Complex at least 4 to 5 times a week. More importantly, try to eat more raw foods, such as leafy green salads and raw oats and seeds.
I have some of my favorite brands of the B vitamins on the Hullistic Market. You can find these brands at any health food store, and even at Walmart. Just try to buy the highest quality vitamins that you can afford. The key to long-term health is to take your vitamins consistently, so choose a good brand that is affordable for you.
The college professor in me says that if you take your Bs today, you’ll get an A tomorrow!!!
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Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only, and is educational in nature. The FDA may not have evaluated some of the statements. This article is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Please discuss with your own, qualified health care provider before adding supplements or making any changes to your dietary program.
Before taking vitamins, consult your doctor; pre-existing medical conditions or medications you are taking can affect how your body responds to multivitamins.