A complex normally contains a mixture of Vitamins and/or Minerals. In the case of our Vitamin B complex, each tablet contains a mix of the 8 essential B Vitamins. This includes Vitamin B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9 and B12, as well as Inositol, a complementary nutrient. Benefits of the Vitamin B Complex Each B vitamin has its own unique functions. Some B vitamins work together in synergy to promote the functions of one another. The following are the main health benefits of the vitamins in this complex:
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) is naturally found in white and brown bread flour as the vitamin is legally required to be added. Thiamine can also be found in whole grains, nuts, fruit and vegetables. A deficiency in Vitamin B1 can cause beriberi and Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome. The vitamin is also responsible for normal energy metabolism to keep fatigue at bay.
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) can be found in milk, eggs, fortified breakfast cereals and rice. The vitamin benefits the production of normal red blood cells and the metabolism of Iron which helps to reduce fatigue and tiredness. Vitamin B2 also plays a role in the functioning of the nervous system and maintenance of the mucous membranes.
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) was first used in photography in 1867. It naturally occurs in certain foods, such as meat, fish, eggs, milk and wheat products, including bran flakes, oats and bread. Niacin maintains the skin and mucous membranes which contributes to the production of normal energy levels. Vitamin B3 also contributes to psychological function and normal functioning of the immune system.
Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid) is commonly found in potatoes, oats, tomatoes, eggs, broccoli and whole grains, including brown rice and wholemeal bread. Vitamin B5 is also found in meat sources like chicken and beef, as well as lesser eaten kidney. Pantothenic Acid contributes to normal energy metabolism to reduce fatigue and tiredness which improves cognitive performance. Vitamin B5 also contributes to the normal synthesis of steroid hormones, Vitamin D and some neurotransmitters.
Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine) may also be called Pyridoxal-5-phosphate and Pyridoxamine. The vitamin is found in a wide array of foods, including pork, poultry, fish, eggs and milk. Plant-based sources of Vitamin B6 include whole-grain cereals, soya beans, peanuts, potatoes, oatmeal, wheat germ, and brown rice. The primary function of Vitamin B6 is to synthesise cysteine (an amino acid) and promote the function of both the nervous system and the immune system.
Vitamin B7 (Biotin) is found in small quantities in several foods. Biotin is also produced naturally by some bacteria in the gut. Good food sources of Biotin include eggs, pork, dairy products, oats, rice, mushrooms and apples. Biotin is typically used in many reactions involving enzymes, acting as a co-enzyme (a compound necessary for the functioning of enzymes) for carboxylase enzymes, specific enzymes that create new bonds. These carboxylase enzymes are primarily used for energy production and maintenance, such as in the production of fatty acids. However, Biotin is more commonly known to contribute to the maintenance of normal hair.
Vitamin B9 (Folate) is found in green leafy vegetables such as spinach, kale, Brussels sprouts, cabbage and broccoli. Folate is also found naturally in beans and legumes, yeast, oranges and orange juice, wheat bran, poultry, pork and shellfish, and certain fortified foods. Folate is essential in the development of a foetus to prevent neural tube defects. Folate works synergistically work Vitamin B12 to prevent or treat Folate deficiency anaemia which affects the body's ability to produce red blood cells that function effectively.
Vitamin B12 (Cobalamine) is only available in animal products including meat, milk, cheese, eggs and fish, such as cod and salmon. Some fortified breakfast cereals and plant-based milk include Cobalamine. Due to the animal-based nature of the supplement, Vitamin B12 is an essential nutrient for vegetarians and vegans. The primary role of Vitamin B12 is to contribute to normal energy production, functioning of the immune system and red blood cell formation to carry oxygen around the blood.
Inositol is also known as Vitamin B8 although it technically isn't a vitamin, rather a type of sugar. It naturally occurs in fruits, beans, grains and nuts and our body can produce Inositol from the carbohydrates we eat. Inositol has several functions, mainly to help breakdown fats - a particularly useful trait in areas where high-fat accumulation can be harmful to health, such as the brain or heart.
Please note - we recommend that both the 500 and 1,000 tablet options are more suitable for use by more than one person. This is to ensure that you are receiving full use of the product before its expiry date. For one person's use, we recommend the 120 or 240 tablet options.
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