Many different vitamin B compounds are grouped under the name B-complex.
These vitamins are easily lost in refining and cooking; they can also be washed from the body by coffee, tea, alcohol and heavy perspiration.
Physically stressful conditions can also deplete the body of B vitamins.
B-vitamins are particularly important for the nervous system
and are also vital for good digestive function and enzyme reactions that control energy, circulation, hormones and overall health.
Their actions are interdependent, so for greatest efficiency the complex should be taken together.
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It's impossible to do justice to these vitamins in such a short space. Since all B vitamins work together, it's wise to take them all at once. However, when you need one or two in particular, larger amounts may be needed. Beware of huge amounts of one B vitamin simply because it will use up all the rest in greater amounts and you could end up with a shortage of others that were previously in good supply.
In general, the B vitamins affect your energy, digestion, nerves, growth, glandular output, emotions, circulation, immunity, and coordination. You get the message: All kinds of problems occur without B vitamins. Here are some important benefits the whole complex will help you achieve:
Greater resistance to disease.
Better skin condition.
Less body odors.
Better digestion and elimination.
More memory and concentration power.
As "B3," it is one of the most stable vitamins and is important for the nervous and circulatory systems. It helps maintain a good mood and has been used for autistic children and for schizophrenics. It is used for migraines, helps digestion, reduces cold hands and feet and is needed to make reproductive hormones.
Signs of deficiency include depression, suspicion, worry, hostility, mental dullness, bad breath, back problems and hyperactivity.
Known sometimes as Vitamin B5, it is found in all living cells and is known for its ability to fight stress. Certain experiments have shown that some poisonous sprays used on food crops destroy this and other vitamins.
Its benefits include:
Reduces arthritic pain.
Strengthens immune system.
Helps control allergies.
Important for wound healing.
Helps digestion of all food elements.
Known as pyridoxine (pie-rid-ox'-een), this famous B vitamin has been used to help the body burn unwanted fat and produce more energy, a double benefit. It also helps keep the body fluids balanced. Extra is needed by those taking birth control pills, and it cures many (but not all) cases of morning sickness. Other benefits include:
Natural diuretic, and helps overcome toxemia.
Male sexual disorders
Helps overcome stress and insomnia
Reduces hand numbness, carpel tunnel, burning feet.
Helps reduce high cholesterol.
Helps prevent kidney stones, ulcers, hemorrhoids and tooth decay.
Some symptoms of a deficiency include nervousness, irritability, depression,
epilepsy, slow learning, cracks in the corner of the mouth, acne,
stretch marks, hair loss and arm/leg cramps. Remember that other deficiencies
can cause many of these same symptoms.
"Cobalamin" is the only known vitamin to include a mineral-cobalt. Not much is needed, and it may be synthesized by friendly bacteria in your bowel. But sometimes this is not enough, especially when antibiotics have destroyed the bacteria. It is important for the nerves, energy, skin and immunity.
Signs of a deficiency can be: Dandruff, body odors, ringing in ears, spots before eyes, nervousness and tingling or burning sensations or a sore