What Are B Vitamins?

What Are B Vitamins?

B vitamins are a class of water-soluble vitamins that play important roles in cell metabolism and synthesis of red blood cells. Though these vitamins share similar names they are chemically distinct compounds that often coexist in the same foods. Individual B vitamin supplements are referred to by the specific number or name of each vitamin.

There Are Eight Types Of B Vitamins

Here Shabir explains each of them and gives his recommendations.

Vitamin B1 - Thiamin 

Vitamin B1 also known as Thiamin, plays a key role in the breakdown of carbohydrates from food to make energy. Vitamin B1 supports healthy functioning of the heart, muscles and nerves and also acts as an antioxidant. Vitamin B1 supports energy yielding metabolism. It also supports normal function of the nervous system and normal cardiac function. Vitamin B1 contributes to normal psychological functions. 

Shabir recommends Vitamin B1 500mg by Solgar Vitamins

Vitamin B2 - Riboflavin

Vitamin B2 also known as Riboflavin is a high strength supplement.  Riboflavin helps convert food into energy, contributes to the normal functioning of the nervous system, protects from free radical damage and supports the maintenance of normal skin and vision.

Shabir recommends Riboflavin (Vitamin B2) by Lamberts Healthcare

Vitamin B3 - Niacin

Vitamin B3 also known as Niacin is useful for many functions in the body including maintenance of normal mucosal membranes, normal skin and normal energy yielding metabolism. Vitamin B3 also contributes to normal psychological function and the reduction of tiredness and fatigue.

Shabir recommends Vitamin B3 (Niacinamide 100mg) by Biocare

Vitamin B5 - Pantothenic Acid

Vitamin B5, also called pantothenic acid is regarded as an energising vitamin. Pantothenic acid is important for many processes in the body, particularly releasing energy from food and supporting the health of the bones, skin, hair and nails. 

Shabir recommends Pantothenic Acid by Higher Nature

Vitamin B6

Vitamin B6 plays a vital role in amino acid metabolism, formation of red blood cells and muscle coordination. Adequate intake of vitamin B6 through diet or supplementation is necessary for the proper functioning of the nervous system.

Shabir recommends Vitamin B6 100mg by Health Aid

Vitamin B7 - Biotin

Vitamin B7, also known as Biotin is frequently used for strengthen hair and nails.  Biotin is a water-soluble B vitamin that has important metabolic functions as it works as a co-factor therefore allowing many enzymes to work efficiently.  Taking Biotin orally is being tested for a number of cosmetic uses and it is reputed for its ability to promote the maintenance of normal, healthy hair.

Shabir recommends Biotin 5000ug by Solgar

Vitamin B9 - Folic Acid

Vitamin B9 also known as Folic Acid is used in the body for the production of nucleic acids and DNA. Folic acid tablets help in the utilisation of sugar, amino acids and the division of body cells. Folic Acid or Folate is required during the period of infancy or pregnancy for the rapid cell division and also involved in the synthesis; repair and functioning of DNA.

Shabir recommends Folic Acid Tablets by Health Aid

Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 helps contribute to the normal energy metabolism and normal psychological function and helping you to feel energised by reducing adrenal fatigue and exhaustion. Vitamin B12 also contributes to normal functioning of the nervous system, red blood cell formation and supports the normal function of the immune system. Vitamin B12 naturally occurs in animal products, like meat and dairy, and can also be found in fortified vegan foods like plant milks, faux-meats, breakfast cereals and yeast extracts. As it is predominantly found in animal products, B12 supplements are recommended for those following vegetarian and vegan diets and Pernicious Anaemia sufferers.

Shabir recommends B12 Elite by Life Extension

Vitamin B Complex

In general, dietary supplements containing all eight B Vitamins are often referred to as a vitamin B complex.

Shabir recommends Vitamin B-100 Complex by Lamberts 


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