The Energy Vitamins aka
Are you a B-liever or a non B-liever?
Written by Anri van der Merwe
(BSc Hons: Physiology; Fitness Specialist)
The B vitamins consists of B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), B5 (pantothenic acid), B6 (pyridoxine), B7 (biotin), B9 (folic acid) and B12 (cobalamin). Under the B vitamins we will also include choline, inositol and PABA.
Fact: the B vitamins give you energy
How: B vitamins are essential in the conversion of food to energy (ATP – the form of energy the cell uses) in every cell.
What does this mean?
Essential means absolutely necessary, therefore without the B vitamins this conversion will not take place. Converting food into cellular energy takes multiple steps – i.e. thousands of chemical reactions. B vitamins act as co-factors – or helpers – in many of those reactions.
Do you take in enough B vitamins?
If you follow a well-balanced, healthy diet, you are likely getting enough of these vitamins. However marginal deficiencies of one or more of the B-vitamins, are much more common than we think. In the articles that will follow we will go into more detail about these common deficiencies, functions, food sources and much more on the B vitamins. Vitamin B supplementation is necessary if you have a marginal deficiency, or if you do not follow a well balanced, healthy eating plan. Here are two excellent quality vitamin B supplements formulated by a medical doctor:
- Timeless DNA Heart Brain Body Support – for individuals over 30 yrs. Click here
- necessities multivitamin and multimineral – for individual under 30 yrs. Click here
Who is likely to be B-deficient?
- Exercising where you push yourself, might cause B-vitamin and other micronutrient depletion
- Stressed individuals are also more likely to experience marginal B-deficiencies
- People who have a poor diet (e.g. consuming fast foods and refined carbs) or take regular medications, such as peptic acid blockers, anti-inflammatory painkillers, or antibiotics. Click here for more information on ‘The Nutritional Cost of Prescription Drugs’
Is it possible to take too much B’s?
The B-complex vitamins are water-soluble, meaning they easily dissolve in water. Due to this characteristic, the water-soluble vitamins (B’s and C) can dissolve in the urine. Therefore, if you take too much of these vitamins, it will be excreted in the urine. If a little of something is good for you, more isn’t necessarily better! The correct dosages will also be discussed in future articles.
Are you a vitamin B-liever? Comment below.
- Dr A van der Merwe. Health & Happiness. HSM Publishers. 3rd edition. 2013