Signs You May Be Low in B Vitamins
B vitamins are essential nutrients that your body needs EVERY DAY in order to function properly.
B vitamins are water soluble which is WHY we need to replenish them daily.
Super B has it all!
The B’s in Super B:
B5, Pantothenic Acid
B9, Folate (NOTE: this is the food form of B9. “Folic Acid” is synthetic and YL doesn’t use this.”
B12, Methylcobalamin (NOTE: this is not the cheap form typically used in B vitamins called cyanocobalamin)
Magnesium, Selenium, Manganese, and Zinc (which is required for B vitamin absorption).
Nutmeg: energizing and supports the endocrine system. Nutmeg increases the bio-availability of the vitamins
Signs that you may be deficient in B Vitamins:
- dry cracking skin
- sugar cravings
- thyroid issues
- constipation or diarrhea and other gut symptoms
- memory loss
- brain fog, confusion,
- feeling stressed frequently
- joint and muscle discomfort
- mood swings
- poor appetite
- low progesterone or low estrogen
- hair loss
- numbness and tingling in fingers and toes
- muscle weakness, loss of muscle mass
- use of antibiotics, acid-lowering medication
- use of birth control pills
- smoking cigarettes
- alcohol consumption
- cardiovascular system instability
What are some of the specific B Vitamins and how do they help?
B1 – Helps the body adapt to stress, metabolism thyroid hormones, aldosterone, and acetylcholine. Supports proper nerve function and energy production in the body.
B2 – Riboflavin. Supports healthy eyes, tissue repair, the production of antibodies and energy production.
B3 – Niacin. Used by the body in over 40 chemical reactions. Beneficial for cholesterol and triglycerides: lowers LDL cholesterol, lowers triglycerides and raises HDL cholesterol. Supports adrenal gland function and is used in the metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats.
B5 – Pantothenic Acid. Supports the body’s metabolism of carbohydrates, fats and proteins. Helps with wound healing, production of antibodies, fatty acid production/transport, and used to produce red blood cells and stimulate the adrenal gland.
B6 – Pyridoxine. Detoxifies chemicals and helps support connective tissue strength. Needed to make several neurotransmitters like serotonin. Helps with the production of stomach acid. Supports a healthy immune system.
B7 – Biotin. The body makes biotin in the GI tract. Antibiotics lower the amount of biotin in the body. Supports strong nails, energy metabolism, fatty acid synthesis, and increases insulin sensitivity. Beneficial for hair loss, dandruff, depression, nausea, reduced appetite and numbness or tingling.
B9 – Bioactive Folic Acid. Supports cardiovascular and neurological function. As we age it is vital that the nervous system is nourished properly. Inferior B vitamins usually have folic acid in a form that must be converted to L-5-MTHF. Many people cannot efficiently convert the inactive folic acid into the active form. Make sure your B complex specifically lists L-5-Methyltetrahydrofolate.
B12 – MethylCobalamin. B12 is essential for DNA synthesis and proper nervous system function. Supports healthy digestion, red blood cell metabolism and the breakdown of fat for energy. Beneficial for memory loss, insomnia, moodiness, ringing in ears, weakness, depression, and decreased progesterone in women. Avoid supplements that use the inferior cyanocobalamin (a molecule of cyanide, no thank you!)
It is important to take B vitamins as a complex, and not just individual B vitamins. B vitamins work together in various functions.
Cracked Corners of the Mouth
B vitamin deficiency (B2, B3, B12)
A deficiency of B Vitamins is characterized by cracking of the lips and corners of the mouth. Riboflavin is also know as Vitamin B2.
Consider adding a high quality B Complex like Super B.
Consume a wide variety of vegetables, greens, seeds and nuts as well as quality animal protein.
B12 sources include liver, fish, and red meat.
Fuel the Brain & Reduce Brain Shrinkage
Studies show that B Vitamins dramatically lower homocysteine, a risk factor for brain shrinkage.
It is important to take B vitamins as a complex, and not just individual B vitamins.
B vitamins work together in various functions including cellular energy, red blood cell formation and neurological function.
It is extremely important to take B vitamins daily because they are water soluble and the body does not store them (except for B12).
Super B provides a full-complement of essential B-complex vitamins in high potency amounts.
What about MTHFR?
Read my posts on MTHFR because those with the genetic variant must supplement with the methylated form of B Vitamins.