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Vitamin B – What’s in it for you?

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There are eight B-group vitamins and they are essential for energy production, red blood cell synthesis and, well, lots of other things. These are all different chemicals and having just one means you’re not getting the rest. Here’s a quick break down of what each of those B-s stand for.

B1 – Thiamine; converts carbohydrates into energy, involved in DNA production and nerve function

B2 – Riboflavin; energy production

B3 – Niacine; metabolises glucose, fat and alcohol

B5 – Pantothenic Acid; needed for the oxidation of fatty acids and carbohydrates plus the synthesis of amino acids, ketones and antibodies

B6 – Pyridoxamine; metabolises amino acids and haemoglobin

B7 – Biotin; metabolises lipids, proteins and carbohydrates

B9 – Folic Acid; needed for cell division, particularly during pregnancy and for red blood cells

B12 – Cyanocobalamin; needed to produce blood cells in bone marrow, nerve sheaths and proteins

So if you’re going out to buy vitamin supplements, make sure those pills have all these goodies in them, because, face it, this is one lot of vitamins that are group, not an individual…

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Vitamin B – What’s in it for you?

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