The Vitamin B Complex
Unlike other essential vitamins, Vitamin B consists of several, molecularly distinctive components, each tasked with addressing specific biological processes and functions. While non-essential vitamins are produced by our bodies independent of what we consume, essential vitamins come from food sources or other external means. In order to maintain a healthy metabolism and true homeostasis, we need to eat varied foods, rich in each of vitamin B’s components. Though there are times when a vitamin B supplement or intravenous administration may be required, food consumption is the generally recommended way to make sure you are getting the right amount of vitamin B.
The B Vitamins
Summarized and divided into distinct units, the Vitamin B Complex consists of:Thiamine (B1)
Vitamin B1 allows the body to convert carbohydrates into energy, assists in brain development, maintenance of the muscles and nervous system, and plays an important role in cellular function. Riboflavin (B2)
Vitamin B2 is critical to the production of red blood cells and maintaining healthy skin, nerves, and eyes. Niacin (B3)
Vitamin B3, much like it’s B1 and B2 counterparts, helps convert food to energy, assists other B vitamins in their respective jobs, and plays a role in the production of certain hormones. Pantothenic acid (B5)
Vitamin B5 allows the body to use other vitamins and assists in neurotransmitter and endocrinological functions. Pyridoxine (B6)
Vitamin B6 aids in liver and muscle function, mood regulation, immunity, and the construction of hemoglobin. Biotin (B7)
Vitamin B7 enables the body to create necessary fatty acids and supports bone and hair health. Cobalamin (B12)
Vitamin B12 plays a significant role in the formation and health of red blood cells and metabolism of certain proteins. Folic acid
The last of the B vitamins, Folic Acid, is crucial for pregnant women as well as those who may become pregnant, as it controls cell function, tissue growth, and is necessary for proper DNA development.
Why is Vitamin B So Important?
While all vitamins are important, it is clear that vitamin B, whose components can be found in nuts, leafy greens, fish, and dairy products just to name a few, seems to have a healthful stronghold on our immune system, as well as a host of vital metabolic functions. Vitamin B is so critical to our overall health, that in addition to blood disorders and gastrointestinal diseases, deficiencies in the vitamin can wreak havoc on our mental health, too. It seems as though vitamin B has its hands, if you will, in so many aspects of our very existence. As such, this is probably the most significant reason we need to maintain proper levels of each part of this vitamin compound.
Immunity and Vitamin B
The immune system protects the body against infections and diseases by ensuring that organs, tissues, and nerve cells work properly and in concert with one another. In order to maintain a healthy immune system, it is critical that we cultivate healthy diets by not only eating well, but living fully and mindfully of the dangers of over consumption. And not just an overconsumption of food, but medication, sun, alcohol, and even sleep.
Without proper balance in at least most areas of our lives, we are at greater risk of infections, slow healing wounds, mental health disorders, and a susceptibility to a wide variety of diseases. In fact, excessive use of alcohol can cause brain trauma and liver disease as well as immunodeficiencies that can lead to yet more illness. Eating foods of poor or limited quality, especially those lacking in B Complex components, can lead to malnutrition, metabolic diseases, body odor, depression, anemia, and birth defects.
With so much riding on this vitamin, both in parts and as a whole, it is clear that the grains, vegetables, and proteins that are designed to sustain us, are so structured with very good reason. In short, a healthy diet is one of the key ingredients to immunocompetence and the ability to fight disease.
Increasing Health and Boosting Immunity with B Vitamins
Despite the vital role Vitamin B plays in our health, it is crucial that the public understand the safety concerns and dangers involved in overdoing it. Excessive vitamin B intake can present an entirely different set of health risks including nerve damage, light sensitivity, and liver toxicity. While the old adage of “if a little is good, a lot is better” works for some things, the consumption of B Complex vitamins and supplements is not one of them. The good news however? You cannot “overdose” on foods rich in Vitamin B.
Building Health, Vitality and Immunocompetence
In order to maintain maximal health and truly live your best life, you would do well to have your Vitamin B levels checked on an annual or other time- determined basis. Customized medical assessments tailored to your specific health needs can be used to evaluate Vitamin B levels, as well as determine immunological health and welfare.
With Dr. Shahen Kurestian, DC at the helm of Body Systems Wellness in Glendale, California, you are sure to learn how to boost your immunity, when it may be time for an immunity IV treatment, and additional, practical, ways to get vitamin B into your system. Both your convictions and dedication to your treatment plan, as well as the support garnered from Dr. Kurestain’s team, will help you establish healthy levels of Vitamin B and an immune system that supports, defends, and protects.
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