Vitamin B complex
KWD: 15/522 = 2.87%
Vitamin B complex is a combination product that supplements in one pill or formulation a number of B vitamins which include biotin, choline, folic acid, inositol, PABA 9para-aminobenzoic acid), Vitamin B-1 (thiamin), B-2 (riboflavin), B-3 9niancin), B-5 (pantothenic acid), B-6 (pyridoxine) and B-12 (cobalamin). Vitamin B complex is a choice of nutrients with very similar properties that complement each other but have separate nutrients. All these are soluble in water and are found in almost similar food sources. Unlike minerals, vitamin B complex is organic molecule which means it contains carbon and functions as catalysts for chemical reactions in our bodies. A catalyst aids in the efficiency of chemical reactions and at a faster rate than under normal conditions. In a vitamin B complex deficiency these catalysts are missing and normal body functions are impeded and disease might occur.
Vitamin B complex can be broken down into three general categories which include: Energy releasing – B1, B2, B3, B5, B6 and biotin. Another general category of B complex is hematopoietic – Folic acid (B9), B12, B5 and B6. And the third general category is Other- B1, B3, B6, B9 and B12. Vitamin B complex products are available in two forms: B-50s and B-100s. In purchasing B-50, look for minimum doses of the following vitamins: 400 mcg folic acid, 50 mcg B-12 and biotin and 50 mg of all other B vitamins. You can find twice of these in B-100 complexes. Folic acid (400 mcg) remains the same though. To lessen side effects and increase absorption of vitamin B complex, take this vitamin with food. You may notice your urine turning into a bright yellow color. This is a harmless side effect due to riboflavin (B-2).
Vitamin B complex treats a host of ailments such as alcoholism, depression, diabetes, hair problems, lupus, multiple sclerosis and stress. Other heath benefits one can derived from Vitamin B complex include:
* Promotes health of skin, bones, hair and muscle
* Promotes health of the mucosal membranes especially around the mouth
* Aids in intestinal health and bowel function
* Provides relief of moodiness, restlessness, irritability, insomnia and fatigue
* Improves liver health
* Enhances brain cell function and health
* Provides relief from skin problems such as dry and itchy skin and rashes
* Provides relief from PMS
* Promotes normal growth and development
* Maintains stomach acidity, normal appetite and health of the digestive tract.
Deficiency in Vitamin B complex could lead to moodiness, restlessness, irritability, insomnia, muscular weakness, sore or dry mouth and tongue. Natural sources rich in Vitamin B complex include brewer’s yeast, liver, whole-grain cereals, rice, nuts, milk, eggs, meats, fish, fruits, green leafy vegetables and others.
Vitamin B complex supplements such as tablets should be taken earlier or in the middle of a large meal since taking vitamin B complex after a meal could cause irritation or gradual erosion of esophageal sphincter which could result in Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD). Do not lie down immediately after taking the supplements. If you are pregnant or nursing or have an illness, consult your doctor first before using vitamin B complex as treatment.