Do you wonder if you are getting enough B vitamins? Do you know how important B vitamins are to your daily bodily functions? What’s the difference between B vitamins and B-complex? And finally, why is Shaklee B-complex the best B-complex supplement to take? In this article, we’ll answer all those questions and more.
Why You Need More B-Vitamins Than You Think You Do
Doctors often say you can get enough B-vitamins from your daily food intake. But if so, then why does an estimated 16% of United States citizens suffer from a deficiency in vitamin B12?
The RDA values for B-Vitamins were calculated more than sixty years ago during World War II. Their original purpose was not to maximize health and nutrition but to provide the minimum amounts necessary to avoid flagrant diseases of vitamin deficiency such as pellagra (niacin deficiency) and beriberi (thiamine deficiency).
Even worse, over the past century food manufacturers have been producing cereal products and bread that are highly palatable and clean looking. Disappointingly, these foods get stripped of their bran and germ. As a result, they are also almost devoid of B-complex vitamins.
Due to this process, naturally occurring B-complex vitamins are almost absent from most white bread, pasta, breakfast cereals, and other foods made of simple, highly processed carbohydrates.
While most manufacturers add exogenous B vitamins (B vitamins from other sources) to their products, these are not in the perfect balance as nature intended.
Burt Berkson writes in his book, User’s Guide to the B-Complex Vitamins, that most adults could benefit from taking up to three times or more the recommended daily allowances (RDA) of many of the B vitamins.
Vitamin B – The Happy Vitamin
They call Vitamin B the “Happy Vitamin!” That’s because stress depletes B vitamins in your body. As does alcohol, refined carbohydrates, and some antibiotics. Prolonged physical stress speeds up your metabolic rate and can also rob your body of B vitamins.
What stress robs, B vitamins restore.
So if you are finding yourself feeling moody, nervous, anxious, irritable, mentally confused, fatigued or depressed, taking a good b-complex on a daily basis can make a big difference. Personally, when I’m having a stressful day or before a stress-producing event like public speaking I’ll take several B-complex vitamins to help ease the stress.
Other things that may signal the need for more B-complex include cracks at the corner of the mouth, anemia, hair loss, insomnia, trembling and dizziness.
The Many Benefits of B Vitamins
There’s more to the need for B vitamins than stress relief. You also need B vitamins to convert the food you eat to energy. That’s right B vitamins literally helps you get more energy from food!
B vitamins, also reduce homocysteine levels. Homocysteine is an amino acid in the body and an abnormal accumulation of homocysteine can be a marker for the development of heart disease. So, B-complex can help reduce the risk of heart disease.
It also helps in the formation of protective antibodies and healthy red blood cells. Helps power your heart, brain, lungs, and other organs. Promotes cellular energy production. Deficiencies in B vitamins can affect the nervous system, blood, and your skin.
B vitamins can be beneficial for a wide-ranging variety of health issues. Consider a good B-Complex to help support you with PMS, morning sickness, carpal tunnel syndrome, vitiligo, alleviating sugar cravings; even hearing loss!
10 Other Conditions that Can Benefit from B Vitamins
2. Canker Sores
8. Indigestion, Heartburn, and Low Stomach Acidity
10. Premenstrual Syndrome
B Vitamins vs B-Complex
Because there are eight different B vitamins, they often get referred to as a B-complex. A B-complex includes B1: thiamine, B2: riboflavin, B3: niacin, B5: pantothenic acid, B6: Pyridoxine, B7: biotin, B9: folic acid, and B-12: Cyanocobalamin. However, B vitamins work more effectively together than separately. That’s why a well-made B-complex is your best choice.
To get all the eight B vitamins you must eat a variety of healthy foods. Unfortunately, the typical Western diet doesn’t provide enough whole grains, leafy green vegetables, and fish (all high in b-vitamins) needed to provide 100% of the Daily Value. And as we’ve covered earlier, the daily value is outdated and so we need much more!
Also, B vitamins are water soluble, which means they are not stored in the body and easily lost from food. So, supplementation with a well-made B-Complex makes sense.
Each B-vitamin in a B-complex has a fundamentally different purpose and a very distinct chemical structure from the others. Your body needs them all in the proper amounts and in the correct balance to stay healthy.
Shaklee’s high potency B-Complex offers a perfect balance of all eight B vitamins to fortify your body and fill in nutritional b-vitamin gaps.
A lot of other B-Complex vitamins are poorly made and out of balance as to how they are found in nature. Instead, they are made to look good on a label in the store, (called label fluffing) by adding a lot of the cheap B-Vitamins and less of the more expensive ones.
An easy way to check out the quality of a B-Complex is to look at the percentage of biotin. Biotin is the most expensive part of a B-Complex. Biotin should be at 100% of the Daily Value (DV). If it isn’t, chances are the company puts saving money ahead of making a quality product.
Shaklee’s B-Complex vitamin ingredients are plain and simple, balanced and contain all the necessary nutrients, including B vitamin folic acid, biotin, and B12 (which can be particularly hard to find in the foods we eat).
Shaklee’s B-Complex is also made with a patented folic acid delivery system. Folic acid is a critical B-Complex that acts by helping the body produce and maintain new cells. (It also helps prevent birth defects, so B-Complex is a must during pregnancy). However folic acid (dietary folate) isn’t easily absorbed. So, Shaklee developed a patented folic acid coating that makes the nutrient more accessible to promote absorption.
Shaklee’s B-Complex delivers powerful support for vital bodily functions including brain, heart, lung and other vital organs. And it promotes cellular energy production to give you more energy and less stress.
Note: If you are under a lot of stress, have a family history of heart disease, or are dealing with any of the health issues outlined in this article then consider further B-Complex supplementation beyond the recommended serving with Shaklee’s B-Complex.
As you can see, there’s a lot to be happy about when it comes to the Happy B Vitamin! Increasing your health span (the part of your life you’re healthy) by keeping our organs healthy is key when it comes to leading a quality life. That’s why it’s so important to add supplements like Shaklee’s B-Complex to our daily diets. By ensuring that we’re giving our body the right nutrients, we can keep our body healthier longer.
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For more information on Shaklee’s Vita-Lea multivitamin read our article, What Makes a Great Multivitamin and Why Shaklee Vita-Lea.
For more information on the advanced B-Complex found in Vitalizer and Life Strip read our article, Beyond the Multivitamin.
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