B Vitamins are a group of vitamins that includes thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, B6, folate, B12, pantothenic acid, biotin and choline. Taken together, they’ve been proven to have a synergistic benefit to health. Some people have reported increased energy, improved or more stable moods, healthier skin, hair and eyes or all of the above!
B Vitamins are important for proper nervous system and immune system functioning. Actually, adequate amounts of the vitamin B complex group are needed on a daily basis to insure the proper function of many systems of the human body. For example, Niacin is found in every cell of the human body.
Another very important part of the vitamin B complex group is folate, known until recently as folic acid. Healthy men and women over the age of 13 need at least 400 mg per day. Women who are of childbearing age or considering pregnancy, those who are pregnant and those who are nursing need more to support the growth needs of infants.
As the B Vitamins are water soluble, it’s important to remember that the body uses what it needs and excretes anything that is left over. (Anyone who takes a B Complex regularly can attest to this)
The B Vitamins are used by the body to convert carbohydrates into glucose, which is then converted by the cells into energy, commonly referred to as metabolism. The symptoms of vitamin B complex deficiency are similar to symptoms of low blood sugar levels. Increased irritability is one of the first symptoms. Those with sluggish metabolisms or problems controlling their weight often benefit from vitamin B complex supplements.
The best food sources for B Vitamins include whole grains (brown rice, barley, millet), meat (red meat, poultry, fish), eggs and dairy products, Legumes (beans, lentils), Seeds and nuts (sunflower seeds, almonds), Dark, leafy vegetables (broccoli, spinach), Fruits (citrus fruits, avocados, bananas)
However, It is nearly impossible to get adequate amounts of B Vitamins from a typical daily diet. In addition, certain things increase an individual’s daily vitamin B requirements. Drinking coffee or alcohol regularly can increase the need for the B vitamins.
Our Macánta B Complex is a one a day supplement available as 30 capsules or 90 capsules, with prices starting from €16.95. Find out more here