Vitamin Alphabet – B
Are you certain you have enough vitamins in your body? This part of the series is particularly important, since a vitamin B deficiency can lead to health problems and potentially harm the body in numerous ways. Follow this guide to give your body what it needs.
B vitamins are a class of water-soluble vitamins. Perhaps their biggest advantage healthwise is that it is impossible to overdose on them. They don‘t stay in the body for long, and if there are excessive amounts of them, they will be excreted in the urine. These vitamins play a key role in the body. They are necessary for healthy growth and cell, tissue and organ metabolism. They also contribute to the creation and usage of energy and hormones. They protect us from cardiovascular diseases and cancer. But which vitamins are we talking about exactly?
Vitamin B1 (thiamine)
Thiamine is essential for the proper functioning of the nervous system. It plays a key role in transferring nerve impulses to muscles. Its main objective is to dissolve sugars into glucose. Glucose fuels all biological processes in the body and is also necessary for brain function. Adequate levels of vitamin B1 help to conquer stress, nervousnesss, irritation, and psychical fatigue. It is also used for digestive problems including poor appetite, ulcerative colitis, and ongoing diarrhea. Thiamine helps cure migraines and improve memory and concentration. Higher doses are recommended for pregnant women, diabetics, and people who drink a lot of coffee or alcohol.
Natural sources: brewer’s yeast, wholegrain bakery products, potatoes, peas, beans, pork, poultry, and walnuts
Vitamin B2 (riboflavin)
This important vitamin also contributes to the metabolism of sugars, proteins, and fats. Vitamin B2 acts as an antioxidant within the body. It protects our skin, hair, and eye health, while also enhancing night vision and strengthening finger and toe nails. Riboflavin and other B vitamins are responsible for important functions including contributing to nerve health, heart and blood health, hormonal function and inflammation reduction. It is also used to maintain a healthy metabolism and digestive system. Again, higher doses are required for pregnant women, people with celiac disease or diabetes and those finishing a round of antibiotics. Riboflavin is a good supplement to treat skin problems.
Natural sources: brewer’s yeast, liver, broccoli, spinach, cottage cheese, and pork
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