B Vitamins

What they do and why they matter to your health.

B vitamins play an important role in your health.  I had no idea how much this was true until I began to study and research them a little bit more.  What I found was fascinating.

B Vitamins #1-4

Like many things, B Vitamins are a part of a family (known as B Complex Vitamins) of common vitamins that play an important role in your overall health.  (This is a family-focused blog, so I’m a big fan of all things “family”!)  This article will look at 4 B Vitamins in this family and why they matter (and where you can find them).  In general terms, B Vitamins help your body convert food into fuel and gives it the energy to function and operate at its best.

Here are the first 4 B Vitamins in this family and how they can help you and your family to thrive at life.

B Vitamins #1-#4

Technically speaking, the B Vitamin family is made up of 8 B Vitamins.  For time sake, we’ll look at the first four.

  1. B1 – Thiamine:  This vitamin helps your body produce energy for your cells to work optimally.  Since you are basically a conglomeration of cells, (weird to think of, I know) this function is extremely important to your overall health.  Thiamine also helps support your nervous system (which is made up of your brain and spine and controls most functions of your body).  Again, this is critical to how well your body operates and works.  You can find Thiamine in lentils, whole grains, and pork (to name a few of the best food sources).
  2. B2 – Riboflavin:  This vitamin also plays an important role.  When you eat food, it must be broken down and absorbed into the body for energy and proper functioning.  Riboflavin is one of the ways this is best done.  It helps aid the body in the metabolizing of food and converts it into usable energy.  You can get B2 Vitamins in several sources, such as milk, eggs, salmon, and spinach.
  3. B3- Niacin:  Along with B1 and B2, this vitamin also helps the body with its cellular energy production.  But it also has some properties that some believe can help with diabetes and controlling blood cholesterol levels.  You can find Niacin in several sources, such as beef, poultry, and fish.
  4. B5 (yes, not B4) – Pantothenic Acid:  This vitamin also helps the body create energy at the cellular level.  However, it is also thought to help with metabolism (the energy created from food) and also helps lower blood pressure.  It is even thought to help stave off nerve damage and pain.  You can find B5 Vitamins in organ meats (such as liver and kidney) and egg yolks, whole grains, and avocados.

**Interesting note on the B4 issue and the B Complex Vitamins:  B4 is a vitamin as well.  In fact, there are many other B Vitamins.  However, many of them can be toxic to humans.  When you hear about the B Vitamin Complex, it includes 8 of them – B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9, and B12.

While many people may think that a study on vitamins is not a big deal, they would do so at their own peril and fail to realize how important our physical health is to our desire or ability to thrive at life.  The more we know, the more we grow.  Not just in our physical health, but in every other area of our lives as well.

Looking for a great way to get your B Vitamins?  Check out this supplement that my family and I use every single day!

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