Discussing vitamin B complex benefits and deficiency. Vitamin B is a combination of closely related, but distinct, water soluble B vitamins which work together in the body. B vitamins are formed from either bacteria, yeast’s, fungi, or moulds.
Vitamin B Complex Benefits
The B vitamins exist together in many of the same foods and work synergistically, often dependant on each other, to provide a range of essential benefits to the body. This is a good reason for taking the B vitamins as a combined complex and not separately.
Vitamin B complex benefits include strengthening the metabolism, the immune system and the nervous system, promoting healthy cellular growth and development. B vitamins are necessary for the conversion of glucose from carbohydrates and the metabolism of both fats and proteins.
Additionally vitamin B complex benefits offer improvement of the health of the skin, bones, hair, muscles, liver, brain, intestines and bowels.
Vitamin B Deficiency
Being water soluble and unable to be stored in the body, vitamin B complex needs to be included in the daily diet to avoid symptoms of vitamin B deficiency.
Vitamin B deficiency can lead to a number of symptoms and health problems such as, headaches, stress, depression, irritability, anxiety, insomnia, fatigue anemia, oily or scaly skin problems, muscular weakness, heart problems.
Recommended Vitamin B Dosage
Vitamin B complex is an extremely important group of nutrients which must be topped up daily in the diet and/or by supplementation to avoid symptoms of deficiency. See our pages on individual B vitamins for dosage RDAs.
Vitamin B in Foods
Good sources of vitamin B complex benefits in foods include whole grains, yeast, meat, fish, dairy products, lentils and leafy greens.