I never will forget how I felt when I stopped taking my Vitamin B 12. I used to take them on a regular basis, in addition to my daily multi-vitamin. After I stopped taking them, I noticed my energy over time was low. It got so low I couldn’t sit at my desk and do my work. All I wanted to do was sleep. Not to mention, I was not consuming enough veggies and fruit, which was also a contributing to factor as to why my energy was low. Do you ever feel like your energy is low? Do you feel tired all of the time? You are not alone. I’m going to share some benefits of how taking Vitamin B helps your overall well-being.
If you are not familiar with Vitamin B, here is a list of the common B Vitamins:
- B1 or thiamin
- B2 or riboflavin
- B3 or niacin
- B5 or pantothenic acid
- B6 or pyridoxine
- B7 or biotin
- B9 or folic acid (or folate)
- B12 or cobalamin
As a group, these vitamins are known as the Vitamin B Complex.
Vitamin B helps our body convert food into glucose, which provides energy to our body. Vitamin B helps our bodies metabolize fats and proteins and contributes to our nervous system functions.
Some of the common benefits Vitamin B is known for are boosting our memory/brain function, keeping our bones strong, preserving our vision, and boosting our energy.
If you are Vitamin B deficient, some common symptoms are:
- Hair loss
- Muscle cramping
- Loss of appetite
- Numbness and tingling in arms and legs
Vitamin B supplements are not the only way for you to consume the vitamin. You can get your daily doses of Vitamin B by including these foods in your meals daily:
- Dairy products
- Dark, leafy greens (chard, kale, spinach, etc.)
- Whole grains
If you are generally in good health, most health professionals recommend minimum daily doses of 800 mcg of folic acid, 150 mcg of vitamin B12, and 75 mg of vitamin B6. I recommend taking your vitamins during the morning so that the vitamins can release the nutrients to your body throughout the day. As a side note, B vitamins are water-soluble; much of the excess of these vitamins gets excreted through urine. So don’t be alarmed when your urine is a bright yellowish color.
Needless to say, when I started back taking my Vitamin B 12 and incorporating more veggies in my diet, I felt better.
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