- B1 – Thiamin. Converts food to energy.
- B2 – Riboflavin – Necessary for red blood cells and cell growth.
- B3 – Niacin – Another necessary to convert food to energy.
- B5 – Panothenic Acid – Metabolism, how efficiently the body burns calories, support.
- B6 – Pyridoxine – Supports healthy brain function.
- B7 – Biotin – Promotes healthy skin, hair and nails.
- B9 – Folic Acid – Helps develop central nervous systems in fetuses and repairs DNA.
- B12 – Cobalamin – The body does not produce this vitamin. It keeps blood cells healthy.
If you have read our previous blog on nutrition, you will note we covered the three big elements of a healthy diet. What we did not cover are the other elements of a healthy diet, chiefly vitamins. There are 13 vitamins necessary for the body to function. There are two categories of vitamins: water-soluble and fat-soluble. Water-soluble vitamins cannot be stored in the body, and it is important to eat them every day. The most important of the water-soluble vitamins are the B-complex vitamins and Vitamin C. Vitamin C is probably best known because of the common cold. Studies show that Vitamin C can help fight a cold in its severity and length while also bolstering the body’s immune system to fight infectious diseases. Vitamin C also goes by another name – citric acid – so named because the vitamin is found in citrus fruits like oranges, grapefruits and lemons. B complex vitamins are called such because there are so many different types in the family. The body needs all of these daily. This is one of the reasons why B complex vitamins are often sold as stand alone vitamins. The B complex vitamins are: