Did You Know? - About B Vitamins

  • Foods containing the B vitamins, especially vitamin B1, are considered potent morale foods because they promote a feeling of general wellbeing and increased vigor.
  • Vitamin B1 is also called "thiamine", and a severe deficiency of thiamine is associated with diseases of the nervous system and poor digestion.
  • Vitamin B1 is found in the outer coats and embryos of grains, and polishing rice and wheat in the manufactured processing of white rice, breads and cereals removes this vitamin.
  • Vitamin B2 is known as "riboflavin" and helps the body metabolize carbohydrates, fats, and proteins.
  • Individuals who take antibiotics or oral contraceptives, drink alcohol daily, or exercise heavily have increased needs for vitamin B2.
  • Vitamin B3, commonly known as "niacin", is proven to regulate blood sugar levels, is critical for the synthesis of sex hormones, and detoxifies the body of most manmade drugs and chemicals.
  • Niacin is not found in corn, and people on a corn-based diet are usually deficient in B3.
  • Vitamin B5, also known as "pantothenic acid", is essential for growth, reproduction, and normal physiological functions, including energy metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins and lipids, the synthesis of lipids, neurotransmitters, steroid hormones, and hemoglobin.
  • B5 has been found helpful in treating depression.
  • Vitamin B6, "pyridoxine", is involved in more bodily functions than almost any other nutrient.
  • B6 is found in avocados, bananas, beans, carrots, corn, fish, soybeans, poultry, and walnuts.
  • Vitamin B7 is commonly known as "biotin." As with the other B vitamins, biotin allows the body to metabolize carbohydrates, fats, and proteins, aids in cell growth, is necessary for fatty acid production, and promotes normal function of the sweat glands, nerve tissue, bone marrow, and helps relieve muscle pain.
  • Vitamin B9, "folic acid", is necessary in the development of healthy fetuses, preventing low birth weights and premature birth.
  • Folic acid helps manufacture white blood cells and is necessary for healthy immune system function.
  • Vitamin B12, also known as "cobalamin", is best known for its role in preventing anemia.
  • B12 is linked to the production of a neurotransmitter that assists memory and learning.
  • Vitamin B15, known as "Pangamic Acid", is a fairly controversial vitamin. It is not readily available in the USA, as the FDA has taken Pangamic Acid products off the market.
  • Vitamin B17 has also been completely eliminated from the complex B-vitamin supplements in the United States. B 17 can be found in nature with foods containing the other B vitamins.

Posted March 2009 | Permanent Link

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