An important group of vitamins for achieving optimal health, B Vitamins have been used to treat everything from Schizophrenia to kidney disorders, alcoholism, depression, fatigue, and morning sickness. These vitamins are especially important for people who are active, whether as a professional athlete, or simply someone who spends a lot of time outdoors to see the world. Further, they can help reduce certain types of fetal abnormalities and are one of the best energy-providing vitamins on the planet – more effective than caffeine or other stimulants. Here is a brief overview of some B vitamins benefits.
B Vitamins Benefits: A Brief Overview
B vitamins include more than 12 different types of nutrients, ranging from B1, which is also called thiamin to the all-important B3, also called niacin (used with vitamin C to successfully treat symptoms of mental psychosis). B3 vitamins help to convert food into usable fuel by our bodies while also promoting healthy skin, hair, nails, and liver function.
Also known as riboflavin, vitamin B2 helps to activate an important anti-oxidant, called glutathione. This antioxidant is an incredible powerhouse that helps to prevent everything from high blood pressure to heart disease, while also supporting the creation of healthy DNA. Now onto vitamin B6.
B6 is the vitamin that helps prevent morning sickness. Just 25 milligrams taken before bed each night can help stop nausea for expecting moms. Melineplus confirms this benefit, as well as numerous moms who couldn’t spend days in bed feeling sick and uneasy. B6 is also one of the most common nutrient deficiencies for many Americans because of the lack of leafy greens in many people’s diet.
Vitamin B12, also called Cobalamin, helps to support the nervous system and brain. It is stored in the liver when we don’t eat enough of it in the foods we choose. You can consume oysters, fish eggs, fish, lobster, eggs and cheese for more B12.
In order to ensure your body properly absorbs B vitamins, consider reducing alcohol consumption, antacids, the use of aspirin, and caffeine. Many birth control pills also interfere with the availability of vitamins B1, 6, and 12 as well as vitamin C; so inquire with your healthcare provider about more natural options. You can add brewer’s yeast, greens, nuts, and whole grains to your diet as well. And if you are not vegetarian, eggs are full of B vitamins too.
Christina Sarich is a humanitarian and freelance writer helping you to Wake up Your Sleepy Little Head, and See the Big Picture. Her blog is Yoga for the New World. Her latest book is Pharma Sutra: Healing the Body And Mind Through the Art of Yoga.