VITAMIN NAME DIETARY SOURCES B1 THIAMIN Sunflower Seeds, Beans Peas, Eggs, Potatoes, Oats. B2 RIBOFLAVIN Dairy products, Soy Beans, Bananas, Mushrooms, Almonds. B3 NIACIN Meat, Fish, Eggs, Tree Nuts, Brown Rice. B5 PANTOTHEIC ACID Shiitake, Broccoli, Avocados, Yogurt, Lentils, Poultry. B6 PYRIDOXINE Tuna, Poultry, Vegetables, Tree Nuts, Bananas. B7 BIOTIN Egg Folks, Peanuts, Leafy greens, Onions, Fish, Walnuts, Carrots. B9 FOLID ACID Lentils, Leafy Greens, Broccoli, Beans, Whole Grains. B12 COBALAMIN Poultry, Fish, Eggs, Cow’s Milk, Yogurt. ADVANCED B COMPLEX DESCRIPTION | This family of eight essential B-vitamins is responsible for creating and sustaining your body’s energy supply by helping
MYTHS AND CONTROVERSIES Social media posts often warn us of the dangers of certain foods, products and supplements. Although some posts have merit, many are based on misinterpreted research or poorly designed studies. This has often been the case with B-Vitamins. Although they have a reputation for being “energy boosters,” and have many vital functions in the body, studies and headlines have been published that link supplemental B vitamins (vitamins B2, B6, B12, and folic acid) with autism and cancer. Let’s take a closer look to find out what the research is showing. DOES FOLIC ACID INTAKE INCREASE THE RISK
WHAT IS PQQ? An exciting new member of the vitamin B family In 2003, scientists discovered a compound called Pyrroloquinoline quinone (PQQ) that was classified as part of the B-vitamin family. PQQ is considered an essential vitamin because our bodies do not produce it and therefore it must be obtained from food or supplements. It also falls under the B-vitamin category because it plays a role in the metabolism of the essential amino acid lysine, which helps form collagen (essential to all connective tissues) and aids in the production of immune system components, hormones & enzymes. WHAT DOES IT DO?
Even without a science degree, you likely have come across the term methylation. It’s receiving attention in the medical community these days because of its widespread impact on health. But what exactly is methylation? In humans, this reaction occurs in every single one of our cells, except red blood cells, which gives some insight into how vital methylation is, not only for survival but for us to thrive. Methylation is an essential biochemical process that forms the basic building blocks for hundreds of different biochemical reactions in the body. Through this pathway, folate and vitamin B12 help to form ‘methyl’
The role that vitamin B plays, from the time we are in the womb right through the ageing process, cannot be underestimated. Let’s explore the importance of this family of vitamins throughout our life cycle. The Importance of Vitamin B during Pregnancy Nutritional deficiencies can lead to adverse outcomes in reproduction such as infertility and miscarriage. In pregnancy, a B12 deficiency can lead to complications in neonatal development, increasing the risk of preterm birth and lower birth weight1 Low levels of maternal red blood cell folate and high homocysteine values mid-pregnancy have also been found to be associated with reduced
Are you vulnerable? How to avoid deficiencies? A vitamin is characterized by the fact that, in its absence, key physiologic processes are blocked that can result in serious health consequences. This is made especially clear when we look at the role of B vitamins. B vitamins act as co-enzymes in thousands of molecular processes in the body, and we have learned more about their unique functions by examining what happens when they aren’t present than when they are. The concept of “characterizing by deficiency” has led to incredible discoveries, while highlighting the importance of prevention. So, while you may not
B vitamins are a class of water (as opposed to fat) soluble vitamins which play an essential role in many cellular processes. They are often called “the energy vitamins,” but they function more like keys that unlock the body’s energy. When present in supplements individually, B vitamins are referred to by their name, for example, vitamin B1, or Thiamin. When all together they are known as “Vitamin B complex.” The B vitamins contribute in numerous ways to overall health and vitality. The compounds in a B-complex are needed for everything from the healthy maintenance of brain cells to the metabolism