All B vitamins help the body to convert food (carbohydrates) into fuel (glucose), which is used to produce energy. These B vitamins, often referred to as B complex vitamins, also help the body use fats and protein. B complex vitamins are needed for healthy skin, hair, eyes, and liver. They also help the nervous system function properly. Latest research show that B vitamins can be cruicial in treating Alzheimer disease by slowing and even halting the process in the elderly.
Vitamin B1 (Thiamin) is important for proper cell function, especially nerve cells. Therefore, it improves memory, physical and mental energy. It promotes growth and muscle tone; aids in the proper functioning of the muscles, heart, and nervous system.
Vitamin B1 is also needed to process carbohydrates, fat, and protein. A decline in vitamin B1 levels occurs with age, irrespective of medical condition, so supplements containing this vitamin are needed as prevention (It has been reported that almost 50% of the elderly have Vitamin B-1 deficiency).
Riboflavin or Vitamin B-2 is responsible for the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats and proteins. It Maintains good vision and healthy skin, hair, and nails; assists in formation of antibodies and red blood cells; aids in carbohydrate, fat, and protein metabolism. Vitamin B-2 is involved in producing the neurotransmitters – brain chemicals that are responsible for sleeping, mental and physical energy, happiness, and mental acuity. A deficiency of Vitamin B-2 can cause soreness and burning of the lips, mouth and tongue, sensitivity to light, itching and burning eyes, and cracks in the corners of the mouth. Vitamin B-2 is needed for the synthesis of Vitamin B-6, and for converting the amino acid Tryptophan to Niacin (B-3).
Niacin or Vitamin B-3 plays an important role in mental illness. It acts as a sedative to calm nerves and help with sleep. Also it reduces cholesterol levels in the blood; maintains healthy skin, tongue, and digestive system; improves blood circulation; increases energy. Our products containing vitamin B3 are: B complex, Mega Vitamin for Women, Mega Vitamin for Teens, Ultra Vitamin for men, Prenatal
Pantothenic Acid or Vitamin B5, also called „anti-stress“ vitamin because it is crucial for managing stress -it is needed to produce adrenal hormones which play an important role in how well we deal with stress. It strengthens the immune system and is needed by all cells in the body. It can help reduce anxiety and may play a significant role in depression; it can improve memory.
Vitamin B5 is also necessary for normal functioning of the gastrointestinal tract (it helps relieves constipation) Pyridoxine or Vitamin B-6 may be the most important B vitamin for it is involved in a number of bodily functions, more than any other vitamin. It is crucial for making neurotransmitters- brain chemicals, which regulate our energy, moods, sleep, memory, drive, and ambition. It inhibits the formation of homocysteine, a toxic chemical associated with heart disease.
Vitamin B-6 is involved in the synthesis of DNA and RNA, which make up the genetic blue print of cells, and the formation of hemoglobin. Moreover, it helps metabolize essential fatty acids and as a major antioxidant, Vitamin B-6 helps prevent the destruction caused by free radicals. Vitamin B6 helps produce hydrochloric acid which is crucial for proper digestion.
Cobalamin or Vitamin B-12 is the only B vitamin that is stored by the body. A Vitamin B-12 deficiency occurs only in malnutrition, malabsorption or other impediments to proper digestion. Vitamin B12 is important in the growth of children. It is responsible in the replication of the genetic material in all the cells, and therefore, is essential for the development and maintenance of all cells, and prevents anemia by regenerating blood cells.
Vitamin B12 deficiency occurs with the failure to consume meat, milk or other dairy products, so vegetarians must take dietary supplements containing this vitamin.