There are several B Vitamins, all with different health benefits:
Vitamin B1 (Thiamin)
Kidneys – In those with diabetes, thiamin has been shown to reduce the amount of albumin present in urine. Albumin is a crucial indicator of kidney damage.
Menstruation Pains – Research has found that taking thiamine for 90 days is shown to stop menstruation pains in girls aged 12-21
Metabolism – Vitamin B1 is vital to your body’s ability to convert carbohydrates into glucose, your body’s preferred source of energy.
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)
Migraines – Research has found Riboflavin to be effective in reducing migraine frequency, and some studies have also seen an impact on the intensity of pain.
Heart Disease – Homocysteine is a risk factor in heart disease. Riboflavin supplementation has been shown to reduce the levels found significantly.
Blood Pressure – For those who saw homocysteine reduction, there was also evidence of a decrease in blood pressure.
Vitamin B3 (Niacin)
Cholesterol – Niacin has been shown to significantly increase HDL cholesterol, otherwise known as “good cholesterol”.
Triglycerides – Vitamin B3 has also been shown to reduce triglycerides which are a type of fat found in your blood. High levels can lead to an increased risk of heart disease.
Fat loss – Niacin has been linked with increased leptin levels. Leptin is the hormone that tells your body that it has enough energy stored in fat cells and require no more food.
Anaemia – A lack of folic acid results in folate-deficiency anaemia which leads to a low level of oxygen-carrying red blood cells.
Cancer – Folate intake can protect against certain cancers, including breast, lung and gut. This is because folic acid can regulate the turning on and off of genes. Low folate levels can lead to problems with this which can cause abnormal cell growth; a causing factor for cancer.
Heart Disease – Similarly to Riboflavin, folic acid has been shown to reduce levels of homocysteine
Pregnancy – Vitamin B12 is vital in the healthy development of fetus’ brain and nervous system and can reduce the risk of premature birth or miscarriage.
Bone Health – Low Vitamin B12 levels have been linked to decreased bone density, this can lead to an increased risk of osteoporosis, a condition of weakened bones which are more likely to break.
Mood & Depression – Playing a role in the synthesising and metabolising of serotonin, Vitamin B12 deficiency is associated with twice the risk of severe depression.
Signs Of Deficiency
Loss of appetite
Vit B Rich Foods
Eggs & Dairy
Seeds and Nuts
When considering foods that will improve your vitamin B levels, it is essential to find whether certain foods may cause you other problems. A food sensitivity can be identified using an intolerance test.
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