Everyone knows how important Vitamin C and Vitamin D is, but what about B’s? Vitamin B’s are an underrated yet essential vitamins that can highly impact a variety of areas related to your well-being.
There are 8 types of B vitamins: B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9 and B12. Here’s a quick guide to each Vitamin B so you can start including more in your diet:
Vitamin B1 (Thiamin)
Thiamin or Vitamin B helps with converting glucose into energy, as well as the general health of your nervous system.
If you ever start feeling irritable, fatigued or experiencing any muscle weakness, your body may be lacking in Vitamin B.
You can get a Thiamin in sources such as nuts, legumes and seeds.
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)
Are you feeling a little fatigued on the inside and out? If you’re noticing lower levels of energy as well as complications with your skin’s health, your body may be after more Vitamin B.
Symptoms of Vitamin B deficiency include an inflamed tongue, redness and cracks in the corners of the mouth and light sensitivity.
Foods with plenty of Riboflavin include milk, yoghurt, cottage cheese, wholegrain breads and cereals, leafy green vegetables and egg whites.
Vitamin B3 (Niacin)
Carbohydrates are an important part of every healthy diet. That’s why it’s important to include vitamins and minerals that help digest carbs efficiently.
Vitamin B3 or Niacin helps convert carbohydrates and maintains the health of your skin, digestive and nervous systems. Systems of Niacin withdrawals appear through mental confusion, loss of appetite and dizziness.
If you’re looking for more Vitamin B3 you get your fair share in foods such as nuts, mushrooms, whole grain cereals and eggs.
Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic)
Everyone wants to improve their metabolism. One of the many vitamins and minerals that can increase your metabolism include Pantothenic or Vitamin B5.
Vitamin B5 also helps with the production of steroid hormones and the production of red blood cells.
Great sources of Vitamin B5 include legumes and peanuts.
Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)
Looking into improving your protein and carbohydrate metabolism, as well as the formation of red blood cells and certain brain chemicals? Pyridoxine is a powerful vitamin that revitalises your entire body.
Vitamin B6 not only helps digest food but also influences the brain processes and development, immune functionality as well as steroid hormone activity.
Get your fix of Vitamin B6 through food sources like legumes, green and leafy vegetables, nuts and certain fruits.
Vitamin B7 (Biotin)
Synthesis and metabolism efficiency is at the core of any health priorities. The better your body digests food, the more nutrients it can sustain from any food it intakes.
Vitamin B7 is needed for energy and amino acid metabolism, as well as fat and glycogen synthesis.
You can get a dose of Vitamin B7 with food like cauliflower, peanuts, mushrooms and egg yolks.
Vitamin B9 (Folic Acid)
Folate (from Folic Acid) is required to form healthy blood cells, which carry oxygen around the body.
Folic acid also helps the development of the foetal nervous system as wel as DNA synthesis and cell growth. Those who may be lacking in folate acid can experience tiredness, fatigue and weakness.
If you’re after more Vitamin 9 try and include more leafy vegetables, legumes, seeds and citrus fruits in your diet.
Vitamin B12 (Cyanocobalamin)
Vitamin B12 or Cyanocobalamin is an element renowned for the way it helps maintain the nervous system’s health.
Vitamin B12 deficiency can often occur in the elderly and those who have just transitioned into a vegan diet. This is because Vitamin B12 is most common in animal products.
Other ways to include more Vitamin B12 in a healthy vegan lifestyle include fortified foods such as plant-based milk like almond and coconut milk.
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