Vitamin B refers to a group of B vitamins. Vitamin B Complex refers to a group of 8 B vitamins, vitamin B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), B5 (pantothenic acid), B6 (pyridoxine), B7 (biotin), B9 (folate), and B12 (cobalamin). While B vitamins can be found in a variety of foods, individuals who are more susceptible to deficiency are recommended to supplement. B vitamins work best when taken together, thereby it is more beneficial to take a B complex supplement than taking a single B vitamin.
In this article you can find:
- What are B vitamins?
- Why is it more beneficial to take all B vitamins together?
- What individuals are more susceptible to vitamin B deficiency?
What are B vitamins?
B vitamins are a type of water-soluble vitamins. Unlike fat-soluble vitamins which are stored in our fatty tissue, our body cannot store them, and thereby we must frequently consume them from our diet. B vitamins are essential for good health and well-being, and play a key role is a variety of bodily functions, such as energy levels, brain function, and cell metabolism.
Why is it more beneficial to rake all B vitamins together?
Taking B vitamins together can emphasize their interaction and interdependence. For example, thyroid hormone controls use of vitamin B2. Vitamin B2 is then needed to catalyze a reaction that generates the active form of vitamin B6. To clear out homocysteine (an amino acid), there are many metabolic steps, some of which require adequate amounts of B6, folate, and B12. In other words, the B complex vitamins are part of a biochemical network. By increasing the dose of any one B vitamin could cause the interactions with the rest of the network to become unbalanced.
What individuals are more susceptible to vitamin B deficiency?
Some individuals are more susceptible to vitamin B deficiency that others, such as older adults, pregnant or breastfeeding women, those who follow a vegan or vegetarian diet, and individuals with certain health conditions that impacts the way the body absorbs vitamin B. This can include those with inflammatory bowel disease, celiac disease, HIV, alcohol dependence, kidney conditions, and rheumatoid arthritis. Your doctor can provide you dosage recommendations that are specific to your needs. If you are more susceptible to vitamin B deficiency, your doctor may recommend that you take a vitamin B supplement.
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