Five Health Benefits of Vitamin B
The Vitamin B complex is made up of the eight B vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9, and B12. They all play a key role in keeping our bodies running like well-oiled machines.
These essential nutrients keep us energised throughout the day, helping convert our food into fuel. They all work in tandem to keep us healthy, yet each one has its own specific benefits too, from preventing migraines and promoting healthy skin.
So, what can Vitamin B do for you? Here’s five of its best health benefits.
B1 is needed for release of energy from carbohydrates and enhances circulation and blood formulation as well as optimising cognitive activity and brain function. It’s often called an anti-stress vitamin because of its ability to protect the immune system. When carbo-loading (either to prepare for a big race or just because pizza tastes that good), studies say this vitamin is necessary to help break down those simple carbohydrates.
This B vitamin works as an antioxidant to help fight free radicals. It also helps convert proteins, fats and carbohydrates into energy; necessary for healthy skin and eyes, antibody production and growth. It may also prevent early aging and the development of heart disease. Plus, riboflavin is important for red blood cell production, which is necessary for transporting oxygen throughout the body. Several studies suggest B2 can help stave off migraines, but more research is needed to be sure.
One of the primary uses for niacin is to boost HDL cholesterol. B3 is also needed for the release of energy from food and to aid the function of the nervous system. Niacin, used topically and ingested, has also been found to treat acne, giving you smoother skin.
B6 is involved in more bodily functions than almost any other single nutrient. It’s needed for metabolism of protein, absorption of nutrients and antibody protection. Pyridoxine heavily affects mood and sleep patterns because it helps the body produce serotonin, melatonin and norepinephrine, a stress hormone. Some studies suggest vitamin B6 can reduce inflammation for people with conditions like rheumatoid arthritis.
Because of its association with healthy hair, skin and nails, this B vitamin also goes by ‘the beauty vitamin’. This B vitamin is especially important during pregnancy because it’s vital for normal growth of the baby. It is involved in carbohydrate, protein and fat metabolism and can help people with diabetes control high blood glucose levels, too.
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