May 31, 2016
Among the most important nutrients for the body, B complex vitamins help the body produce energy and create red blood cells. Aside from supporting good health, these vitamins also function to treat and prevent certain health problems. A supplement that contains all eight of the B vitamins, vitamin B complex is especially important for general health and wellness.
What Is Vitamin B Complex?
Vitamin B complex is a dietary supplement that includes all of the B vitamins: B1 (thiamin), B2 (riboflavin, B3 (niacin), B5 (pantothenic acid, B6, B7 (biotin), B9 (folate) and B12. Each of the B vitamins is responsible for maintaining specific bodily functions; however, it is all together that the vitamins work most effectively.
B1 and B2 promote healthy functioning of the muscles, nerves and heart while B3 is responsible for regulating the nervous and digestive systems. Normal growth and development are dependent on vitamins B5 and B12. B6 provides immune support and aids in protein breakdown while B7 helps produce hormones. Vitamin B9 directs the production and maintenance of DNA.
Health Benefits of B Vitamins
Aside from supporting effective bodily function, vitamin B complex also supports the treatment of specific health conditions. Again, certain vitamins are important for specific conditions; however, the complex works together to establish the most effective functioning.
Specifically, B1 helps prevent kidney disease as well as reduce the risk of cataracts. B2 is used in the treatment and prevention of migraines while B3 helps lower cholesterol. Additionally, B6 protects against heart disease, relieves symptoms of PMS and eases nausea related to pregnancy. B9 and B12 are responsible for preventing several types of cancer.
Vitamin B complex is also important for treating a variety of other conditions. Many individuals take the complex to aid in the treatment of anxiety, depression, fatigue, cardiovascular disease, premenstrual syndrome and certain skin conditions.
While not everyone is in need of a B vitamin complex, common symptoms of B vitamin deficiency include tiredness, anemia, loss of appetite, depression, abdominal pain, muscle cramps, hair loss and eczema. A complex dietary supplement such as this one is effective for treating and preventing a wide range of health conditions.
Continue reading to see what our readers have to say about B complex supplementation!
Remedies for B-Complex
I think I read that it was Ted that said: It also takes weeks for the pH to be near normal after taking b complex and baking soda for a week or two. A long term taking of this can also resulted in higher urinary sugar and damaged pancreas, besides damaging the brain.
This freaks me out! I take B complex, 100 mg every day and have done so for decades! I feel that my nerves required it. I love it. Did I read right????
Replied by Gean
Replied by Lupe
Replied by Lima
Replied by Mimi
Replied by Rosemarie
Posted by Connie (Slc, Ut) on 10/12/2011
As you probably know, the whole complex of B vitamins works best when taken together. But the proportions and amounts may vary with an individual's distinct needs. B6, Folate, and B12 have a special relationship as each supports the uptake and action of the other. Some people may need to vary the amounts of individual B's to achieve a balance.
I've been looking for supplements that are supportive of B12 uptake, but I haven't found much information that is specific to this. However; there is evidence that vitamin E protects B12 from oxidation, and helps make it active in the body. Aloe Vera has been found to increase the availability of B12. Improving digestion, of course, would be the most beneficial for uptake, because B12 is the most difficult of nutrients to absorb. It requires a nearly perfect set of salivary enzymes, pancreatic enzymes, stomach acid, and a well functioning set of intestines to be able to do its good business. ( It's something of a diva that needs to be coddled. )
There are many subtances that interfere with its absorption, and these include just about every medication, certain heavy metals, nitrous oxide (an anesthetic), air pollution, etc. Pathogens and parasites compete with the body for it. This is true for all nutrients, but B12 is particularly vulnerable. If supplemented in dosages of 5000 mcg. or higher, it can antagonize potassium. If someone supplements with high dosages of potassium, it may also antagonize B12.
Some foods, such as algaes and seaweeds contain B12 analogues that do not perform the same functions as the active B12. If taken in too high a quantity, these analogues will fill too many receptors and block the uptake of active B12. But these foods are extremely nutritious and healing, so I recommend that they be taken judiciously. This is such a complex subject.... I wish it could be more simple for us.
Posted by D (Sf, Ca) on 10/11/2011
Are there specific supplements or vitamins that should be included, or excluded, when taking B-12 to achieve the most benefits? Thank you.
Replied by Mike62
Replied by Misty
Posted by Americantwin (Indianapolis, In) on 09/14/2012
Choline (often taken w/Inositol) has a noticeable effect on brain function, usually in a short time after starting it. Choline is a B vitamin but is not included in B complex supplements in large enough proportions, ( 1,000 mg ) to help mental ability. Choline is great for the liver! You will notice toxic-overload symptoms (nausea, flu-like symptoms) disappearing in a matter of weeks, also. My daughter and I have taken both for years without any noticeable adverse reactions. A chemist at Now Foods told me that Choline supplements are not made from soy (see posted reaction to soy). However, lecithin (from soy) is a source of Cholin, (sometimes spelled without the "e") as are dandelions and egg yolks. Cholin is supposed to be good for the kidneys and I'm puzzled why its properties aren't more praised among the health-minded groups. It's a supplement I would not be without. However, here are some supposed symptoms of excess: (none of which I have personally experienced)
1.) Excess increases muscle tone, causing temporary stiffness or tension
2) Excess is said to cause a fishy smell to skin
3) Choline is said to lower blood pressure
Be careful. Certain distributers try to trick you by labeling the bottle:
when in fact each capsule is only 250 mg. You'll need 1000 mg daily to really tell a difference in your mental capacity, liver function, etc.
Feedback from others appreciated.
Posted by Marko (Ljubljana, Slovenia) on 12/09/2011
I eat 1-2 egg whites a day for few months. Am I at risk of developing biotin deficiency? Yours sincerely
Posted by Connie (Slc, Ut) on 12/09/2011
Hi Just Chillin ; It is difficult to balance the proportions of the B vitamins. I've also had this problem. It has helped me the most to increase B-12. Although they work in concert with each other, it seems that some of us do have to develop our own type of composition. I take a low dose B complex daily, such as a B 25, or less. And I take a sublingual lozenge of B-12, (methylcobalamin type), 5000 mcg. Daily. (sometimes I take more, to be honest).
Burning feet may be a symptom of B12 deficiency. It is the most difficult of the B's to absorb, so that could be why the symptoms persist even when one takes it in an oral form. Taking it sublingually may be easier to absorb.
Replied by Just Chillin
Replied by Just Chillin
Replied by Maria
Gippsland, Vic, Australia
Posted by Just Chillin (Vannes, France) on 12/07/2011
I need help with taking B vitamins. I was told I had a b1 deficiency, and have been taking thiamin pyrophosphate since february this year. I was suffering from burning feet. It seemed to improve, then began to get worse again. I was then advised to take b5 too, and have been taking that for a few months. I started reducing the b1, as was taking a mix ofbuts etc, with b's in it.
Then just recently I started having burning and prickly in the legs, which is uncomfortable. I went back to my advisor who discovered it was low in the b1 again, even though I had taken it the night before. I also showed low in b6 and b12. She has suggested that I start taking b6 and b12. I said would a b complex be better, but she said I tested ok for b complex. Any ideas on what has happened? Could taking the b1 and b5 on its own have affected the b6 anf b12. I am so confused and just want to get this right, any help please, would be wonderful. Thank you so much
Replied by Kitty