Why B Vitamins

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Eat foods rich in the B vitamins regularly to maintain good health.

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:

  1. you are on a strict weight loss program;
  2. eat a lot of processed foods;
  3. frequently take antibiotics or seizure disorder drugs;
  4. 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

A can of Irish Steel Oats

Good old-fashioned Irish Steel Oats are rich in 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:

  1. cereal products (breakfast cereals);
  2. white bread;
  3. most pasta;
  4. simple sugars;
  5. refined bakery goods;
  6. 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.

An apple with wearing a graduation hat and holding a diploma

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.

About Janet Hull PhD, CN

Janet Starr Hull, PhD, CN has been working with clients in the holistic health field since 1995. Using natural medicine to cure herself from a diagnosis of Graves’ disease caused by aspartame, Dr. Hull began researching the toxic causes of disease. Today, she is one of the world’s leading experts in environmental toxicology and holistic health and nutrition. Dr. Hull is the first researcher to publicly expose the dangers of aspartame. Connect with Dr. Hull on Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus.

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