ABCs of Good Health

An introduction to the B Vitamin Complex

An introduction to the B Vitamin Complex

The B vitamin complex is a group of vitamins which together, are a veritable superhero team, aimed at keeping your entire body running smoothly. From healthy skin, to hormone regulation, immunity and energy metabolism, each of the B vitamins has a specific role, and will do you wonders on its own, but together, the complex is unstoppable.

We tend to get various bits of pieces of the vitamin B complex through our diets, but because they’re so important, taking them together as a supplement is a great idea.

You’re likely to have heard of some of the complex, called by their individual names. You’ve been around them your whole life, in fact.

What is the vitamin B complex good for?

  • Energy metabolism
  • Immune system health
  • Nervous system function
  • Hormone balancing
  • Health skin, hair and teeth
  • Antioxidant effects
  • Healthy cholesterol levels

Vitamin B1

Helps the body to build and retain a strong and healthy immune system. Vitamin B1 is important in the construction of new cells, so you’ve always got a good turnover of healthy fighters inside to keep you in top shape.

Vitamin B2

The antioxidant. Vitamin B2 plays a crucial role in protecting your body from potentially harmful free radicals, which can do damage to everything from skin, to hair, energy levels and even disease resistance.

Vitamin B3

Despite tales of old, cholesterol is very important, you just have to keep your levels in balance. Vitamin B3 helps to boost your good cholesterol – that’s the HDL kind.

Vitamin B5

The other name for B5 is pantothenic acid, which comes from the Greek word ‘pantothen’ meaning ‘from everywhere.’ Vitamin B5 is important for maintaining healthy skin, teeth and bones, as well a healthy reproductive system.

Vitamin B6

A regal vitamin, indeed. Vitamin B6 has been associated with lower the risk of heart disease, as well as reducing inflammation in people with rheumatoid arthritis. Vitamin B6 also helps to regular sleep, and contributes to busting stress.

Vitamin B7

You might have seen B7, also known a biotin, in some beauty products – that’s because it’s important for maintaining healthy skin and hair.

Vitamin B9

A real primal one here, vitamin B9 is especially important for pregnant ladies, for ensuring that the baby grows normally. Also important for preventing memory loss, and boosting mood.

Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 works alongside B9 to create red blood cells. With red blood cells comes iron and oxygen, which means energy. People suffering from a B12 deficiency can feel fatigued and weak. Vegetarians especially, should look at supplementing with B12.

Vitamin B complex is also known as:

B1 (Thiamine), B2 (Riboflavin), B3 (Niacin), B5 (Pantothenic Acid), B6 (Pyridoxine), B7 (Biotin), B9 (Folate), B12 (Cobalamin)

When and how much should I take?

Take one tablet per day with food.



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