The Basics Of Vitamin B
Vitamin B is essentially a collective name for the B vitamins, which are a group of eight water soluble vitamins.
Basics Of Vitamin B1
Vitamin B1, also known as thiamin, has a number of roles in the body. Firstly, it contributes to normal energy release. It also contributes to the normal functioning of the nervous system, plus it plays a part in the normal functioning of the heart.
Basics Of Vitamin B2
Vitamin B2, also known as riboflavin, is needed for various functions in the body. It not only contributes to the normal functioning of the nervous system but it also contributes to normal skin.
Vitamin B2 also contributes to the normal metabolism of iron too. Iron is needed for the normal formation of red blood cells and haemoglobin. This aids normal oxygen transport around the body.
Basics Of Vitamin B3
There are two different types of vitamin B3: nicotinic acid and nicotinamide, and both of these are known as niacin.
We need vitamin B3 for a number of reasons. Firstly, it contributes to the normal functioning of the nervous system and along with vitamin B5 and vitamin B3 contributes to the reduction of tiredness and fatigue. Vitamin B3 also contributes to normal skin.
Basics Of Vitamin B5
Vitamin B5 also goes by the names of pantothenic acid and contributes to normal energy release, and subsequently, the reduction of tiredness and fatigue. This is along with vitamins B6, B12 and B3.
Vitamin B5 also contributes to normal mental performance.
Basics Of Vitamin B6
Vitamin B6 is also known as pyridoxine and contributes to the normal release of energy. It also contributes to the reduction of tiredness and fatigue.
Vitamin B6 also contributes to the normal functioning of our immune system as well as the normal functioning of the nervous system.
Finally, vitamin B6 contributes to the regulation of hormonal activity.
Basics Of Biotin
Biotin, also known as vitamin B7, is one of eight B vitamins. It plays various functions in the body.
One of biotin’s benefits is that it contributes to normal hair and skin.
Biotin also contributes to the normal functioning of the nervous system.
Basics Of Folic Acid
Folic acid (or folate) also comes under the name vitamin B9.
Folate contributes to maternal tissue growth during pregnancy, making it an essential vitamin for pregnant women and also women hoping to get pregnant.
Folic acid also contributes to normal homocysteine metabolism.
Folic acid, being a B vitamin, also contributes to the reduction of tiredness and fatigue.
Finally, folic acid contributes to the normal function of the immune system and contributes to normal psychological performance.
Basics Of Vitamin B12
Vitamin B12 also has the name of cobalamin and helps to release energy from food; it also helps with normal energy release. Vitamin B12 is also associated with the reduction of tiredness and fatigue.
Vitamin B12, along with folic acid, contributes to normal homocysteine metabolism, an important factor in heart health. In fact, for the body to use folate, vitamin B12 is needed.
Vitamin B12 also contributes to the normal function of the immune system and helps to keep the nervous system healthy. It contributes to normal psychological function too.
Quick Facts About Vitamin B
- The B vitamins each have a ‘B’ number as well as their scientific name.
- Several of the B vitamins help to release energy from food, as well as contributing to normal energy release, in turn helping to reduce tiredness and fatigue.
- Vitamin B1 contributes to the normal function of the heart whilst vitamin B12 and folic acid both contribute to normal homocysteine metabolism. This is an important factor in heart health.
- Contributing to the normal function of our immune system are vitamin B6, vitamin B12 and folic acid.
About Vitamin B Levels
The amount of vitamin B we need varies as the UK’s Department of Health recommends a different intake of each of the eight B vitamins. For vitamin B5 and biotin however there are no specific recommended daily intakes.
Below are the advised intakes of the various B vitamins for men and women, aged 19 to 64.
Vitamin B1 Levels
Men - 1mg
Women - 0.8mg
Vitamin B2 Levels
Men - 1.3mg
Vitamin B3 Levels
Vitamin B6 Levels
Men - 1.4mg
Women - 1.2mg
Vitamin B12 Levels
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Your Questions About Vitamin B
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Q. How Many B Vitamins Are There?
A. In total, there are 8 B vitamins (vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B3, vitamin B5, vitamin B6, vitamin B7 / Biotin, vitamin B9 / Folic Acid and vitamin B12.
Q. What Are Water Soluble Vitamins?
A. It means these vitamins are not stored in the body, instead being excreted when we urinate.
Q. What Foods Can B Vitamins Be Found In?
A. B vitamins can be found in a wide range of foods, including meat, eggs, legumes and dark leafy greens.
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