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Essential B Vitamins

  • Published: 2009-01-07 (Revised/Updated 2012-09-19) : Tony Johns.
  • Synopsis: B vitamins are essential for energy and play an important part in the functioning of the nervous system.

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One of the most important vitamins we can take would be the B vitamins. The B vitamins are essential for energy and play an important part in the functioning of the nervous system. The typical American diet does not provide us with enough of these essential vitamins.

Vitamin B6 and folate taken together work to help reduce levels of homocysteine in the blood, elevated levels of homocysteine have been linked to heart disease and poor cognitive function. One study showed that low levels of vitamin B6 vitamin B12 and folic acid can lead to depression, dementia and nerve damage.

An article published in the New England Journal of Medicine concludes that many common difficulties, such as memory loss and muscle weakness, might well be a product of vitamin B12 deficiency. Also if you are a vegetarian you might want to supplement with B12 because most sources of it come from meat and fish.

The B complex vitamins contain the nutrient methylcobalamin, studies show this coenzyme might be useful in treating neurological disease when people age.

Researchers believe that vitamin B6 improves the amount of information the brain can store in elderly people. Older people are at a higher risk for vitamin deficiency because they usually eat less of a variety of foods and they may also have problems with the absorption of nutrients from their food. Healthy older people also show signs of being deficient in vitamin B6 and vitamin B12.

Research has shown that B complex vitamins can help in the prevention of various skin conditions, nerve problems and also helps the body absorb carbohydrates and protein more efficiently. Also Women taking oral contraceptives have lower levels of B vitamins so they would probably want to supplement with them.

Research on vitamin B12 have found it is necessary for carbohydrate, protein and fat metabolism. It is also considered an anti-stress vitamin and is sometimes prescribed for stress reduction.

We are finding out that many vitamins and minerals are needed by our bodies to function properly. One way to make sure you are getting all your daily vitamins and minerals your body needs is to take a good quality multi-vitamin.

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