All about Vitamin B Complex

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At first, everybody thought that vitamin B complex is a single vitamin. But due to various studies, researchers were able to find out that each of these vitamins is chemically distinct. It is very important to take enough amounts of these vitamins and various diseases may arise if you lack in any of it.

To start with, here’s a list of the 8 B vitamins: Vitamin B1 or thiamine, Vitamin B2 or riboflavin, Vitamin B3 or niacin or niacinamide or vitamin PP, Vitamin B5 or pantothenic acid, Vitamin B6 pyridoxine hydrochloride or pyridoxamine, Vitamin B7 or biotin, Vitamin B9 or folic acid and last but not least, Vitamin B12 also known as Cobalamins. All of these vitamins are water-soluble and are often dispersed throughout the body.

B vitamins can help increase the body’s metabolic rate and enhance a person’s immune system. These vitamins can also help maintain the function of the nervous system. They can also leave people with healthy looking skin and better muscle tone.

Vitamin B complex can also help the cells to grow and divide, particularly the red blood cells. Thus, it can help prevent anemia. But aside from preventing anemia, B vitamins can also prevent pancreatic cancer from developing.

Now, if you lack in vitamin B, you have higher tendencies to develop diseases like microcytic anemia, heart failure, edema, high blood pressure, Korsakoff’s syndrome, acne and parathesia.

Deficiencies in these vitamins may also result into condition such as ariboflavinosis, pellagra, depression, beriberi, dermatitis, Wernicke’s encephalopathy, water retention and elevated levels of homocysteine peripheral neuropathy, memory loss and other cognitive deficits.

To make sure that you get enough vitamin B complex, you need to eat mushrooms, lettuce, potatoes, broccoli, turnips, asparagus, okra, chard, sunflower seeds, beans and peas. You may also include chicken, pork and beef, especially the heart, kidney and liver in your diet, because they are known to be abundant in vitamin B.

Don’t overload yourself with vitamin B though. Large intake of vitamin B complex can also result into different problems anaphylaxis, nausea, rashes, vomiting, glucose intolerance, ocular effects, headaches, etc. Fortunately, if your intake of vitamin B complex is excessive you will usually excrete these vitamins through urine.

But to make sure that you excrete excess vitamin B complex, you can try exercising or meditating. Both of these methods are able to help regulate the B vitamins in your system and make sure that they are well-distributed to your whole body. If you’d like to know more about simple guided meditation, you may visit www.meditate.com.au/blog or www.meditate.com.au.