B Vitamins
    

The Importance of B Vitamins

B Vitamins, coenzymes involved energy production. Nerves, skin, eyes, hair, liver, mouth, muscles, gastrointestinal tract, brain depend B vitamins proper functioning. Your nerves, skin, eyes, hair, liver, mouth, muscles, gastrointestinal tract, and brain depend on the B vitamins for proper functioning.  The B vitamins are coenzymes that are involved in energy production.  B vitamins are also useful for alleviation of depression and anxiety.  

As we get older our ability to absorb B vitamins from our food declines.  In some Alzheimer"s patients, it was found that the problem was due to a deficiency of vitamin B-12 plus vitamin B-Complex in an accepted Multivitamin. 

The use of coffee, cigarettes, sugar and alcohol destroy B vitamins.  People with diabetes and alcoholism need more B vitamins than most people.  B vitamins are water-soluble and any excess is excreted and not stored in the body.  Your body needs to replace B vitamins daily.

To get the most from your B vitamins they should be taken as a group and the label should say Food Source or From Whole Foods.   If you need more of a specific B vitamin such as B-12, add them along with the B-Complex in your Multivitamin.  Numerous vitamin companies use bulk inorganic synthetic B-Complex vitamins, which our bodies cannot completely absorb.  Food source or whole food Multivitamins are what you want to look for. If the label does not say food source on it, or from whole foods, then I would be concerned about the negative health value and the waste of money.

Symptoms of a deficiency of B vitamins:
Nausea, exhaustion, irritability, depression, forgetfulness, loss of appetite, weight gain, pain in muscles, poor immune response, loss of control of limbs, abnormal heart action, skin problems, acid reflux, splitting nails, mood swings, teary or bloodshot eyes etc.

Physical Problems
Irregular Heart Beat, Acid Reflux, Migraine Headaches, Fatigue, Sore Mouth, Drowsiness, Dizziness, Headaches, Indigestion, Limbs Numb or Stiff, Limb pains, Abnormal Gait, Skin Eruptions, Labored Breathing, Low Blood Sugar, Soreness and Weakness in the Legs and Arms, Muscular Weakness, Reduced Sensory Perception, Difficulty Walking, Impotency in Men, Pernicious Anemia

Psychological Problems:
Mood Swings, Memory Loss, Difficulty Concentrating, Anxiety, Depression, Dementia, Emotional Sensitivity (can lead to asthma attacks), Loss of Mental Energy

Positive Benefits You May Notice While Taking Good B-Vitamins:
Increases body"s ability to obtain oxygen, Helps extend cell lifespan, Regulates fat metabolism, Neutralizes the craving for liquor, Stimulates the bodies glandular and nervous systems, Lowers blood cholesterol and protein synthesis, Helpful in the treatment of heart disease and asthma, Very helpful to a smoker who is trying to quit, Important to residents in high-density pollution areas, Mellows the personality, Raises your ability to withstand stress,  Relieves depression, Improves circulation and lowers cholesterol deposits in the skin and arteries to legs that restrict blood flow, Helpful in preventing heart attacks and strokes, Can help regulate blood sugar levels in hypoglycemic patients, Improves complexion (B3 or Niacin), Improves the production of hydrochloric acid for digestion, Improves the synthesis of sex hormones, Can relieve Hiatus Hernia, Can stop the craving for nicotine

My Suggestion:
The best B Vitamin or Multivitamin I know of on the market at this time is made by Doctors' Research.   These supplements were created by Doctor Robert Thiel (see Article "Truth About Vitamins").   All Doctors' Research vitamin and mineral combinations are whole food created by Dr. Thiel.  

- American Medical Association

"Insufficient vitamin intake is apparently a cause of chronic diseases...Most people do not consume an optimal amount of all vitamins by diet alone.   Pending strong evidence of effectiveness from randomized trials, it appears prudent for all adults to take vitamin supplements."

Reference:
Naturopathy For The 21st Century, Robert J. Thiel, Ph.D., Whitman Publications, 2000
Prescription for Nutritional Healing, Phyllis CNC and James Balch M.D., Avery Books, 3rd Edition, 2000
Nutrition Concepts and Controversies, Frances Sizer and Eleanor Whitney, West Publishing, 6th Edition, 1994   
 

 Doctors' Research
100% Whole Food Supplements
Vitamin-Mineral
Vitamin B-6, B-12, & Folate
B Stress Formula

 

Important Note:
The information presented herein by The Natural Path Botanicals is intended for educational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent disease. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplements, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider.

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