What are vitamin B complex benefits? This article will answer that question and give you some other valuable tips, to boot....
by M. Daniels, who has been professionally writing and editing technical non-fiction articles and publications for over 3 decades.
One day soon, perhaps even now, you may be able to do an amusing experiment. If you were to ask a recent graduate of health-sciences to tell you what are the vitamin B complex benefits, the reaction you could expect would be akin to picking a busy street in downtown Rome, Italy and asking directions in ancient Latin: Chances are you'd see an expression on the other person's face of bewilderment.
The reason for this is that there really isn't any such thing as a B-complex vitamin but, instead a whole group of vitamins which have names that "begin" with "B" and the complex part comes from the fact that at one time--almost ancient history now--they were all called just vitamin B. It wasn't until later that it was discovered that B was actually a group of eight different chemical compounds which usually were found together in the same foods.
The eight (original) B vitamins are
This group of vitamins, or the B-complex together:
All B vitamins are water-soluble, and are dispersed throughout the body. Most of the B vitamins must be replenished regularly, since any excess is excreted in the urine.
Perhaps one of the most telling indications that there is really no such thing as a B-complex are the various distinct problems which occur when only one of these vitamins is missing in a person's regular diet.
Processing tends to significantly reduce B vitamin content so if you wish to get the best vitamin B complex benefits the best sources are whole, unprocessed foods.
They are concentrated in meat and meat products such as liver, turkey, and tuna.
Other good sources for B vitamins include:
It is interesting to note that although the yeast used to make beer might result in beer being a source of B vitamins,their bioavailability ranges from poor to negative becuse ethanol is known to inhibits the absorption of thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, biotin,and folic acid. In fact, there is reason to believe that high consumption of beer results in a net deficit of B vitamins. (Sorry, beer-lovers!)
Vitamin B12 is a special case since it is not found in plants and
thus makes B12 deficiency a concern for vegans.
A popular means of increasing vitamin B intake is through dietary supplements. B vitamins are also commonly added to energy drinks and many energy drinks have been marketed, some with large amounts of B vitamins as much as 8333% of the RDA! This may sound good for marketing but excessive B vitamins are quickly eliminated from the body through urine so such exaggerated amounts may not provide any real benefits.
A carefully forumulated balanced supplement such as Total Balance
combined with a sensible healthy
diet is likely to produce more of the vitamin B complex benefits except
cases, such as women with a neural tube defect who wish to become
pregnant, and other persons with specific conditions for which a doctor
is likely to prescribe special doses. These situations are best
attended to by a health-care professional.
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