The Entire “B” Vitamin Complex
The B-vitamin complex contains a wide range of specialized members, necessary and vital for the healthy functioning of nearly all the body’s processes. Without B vitamins, it would be impossible to maintain life. For this reason, the B vitamin complex is considered as essential nutrients, and is perhaps the most well-known of all the vitamin supplements.
The actions of the B vitamins involve everything from energy production, oxygenation of tissues, digestion processes, nervous system function, and hormone balance. B vitamins provide the greatest benefit when taken together, thus the name of “B Complex“.
The most well-known “B” vitamins:
The “B-complex family” of vitamins is made up particular vitamins that work best in conjunction with the other family members. Included in this family of vitamins are:
- Vitamin B1 (thiamine)
- Vitamin B2 (riboflavin)
- Vitamin B3 (niacin)
- Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid)
- Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine)
- Vitamin B7 or H (biotin)
- Vitamin B9 (folic acid)
- Vitamin B10 (PABA)
- Vitamin B12 (cobalamin)
When buying a B complex you usually have a choice of either B-50, B-100, or B-150; depending on the potency.
For example: B-100 consists of 100 mg of the B Vitamins with the exception of folic acid (Vitamin B-9), which has a higher amount due to the ratio needed to compliment the other B’s. The same can be said for B-50 (50 mg each) and B-150 (150 mg each).
Often, extra amounts of a certain B vitamin are necessary with certain health conditions, and should be taken separately in conjunction with a B Complex.
The less well-known “B” vitamins:
Vitamin B15 (pangamic acid) and Vitamin B17 (laetrile or amygdalin) have been subjected to extreme controversy despite inherit healing qualities they possess. Just as with other B Vitamins, Vitamin B15 and Vitamin B17 are also found in the foods we eat. Vitamin B17, for example, is found in strawberries and apricot seeds while Vitamin B15 is found in brown rice, sesame seeds, and pumpkin seeds.
In fact, it has been stated that cancer may be caused by a Vitamins B17 and/or B15 deficiency much like Vitamin B1 (thiamin) deficiency causes beriberi, Vitamin B3 (niacin) deficiency causes pellagra, Vitamin D deficiency causes rickets and Vitamin C deficiency causes scurvy.
Others you may have not known as “B” vitamins:
Slowly becoming more popular are Vitamins B8 (inositol) and Vitamin B4 (choline). These work best together. Both inositol and choline seem to have an important role the health of cell membranes especially the specialized cells in the brain.
Research has indicated a connection between inositol deficiency with depression and choline with improved mental performance in Alzheimer’s. And this only skims the surface.
So as you can see, since the B vitamins are involved in various body functions, the lack of these precious vitamins can result in countless health conditions and disease.
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