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Vitamin B

By Dean Brooks

Vitamin B is actually no single vitamin but a container of several vitamins.

The B1 Vitamin

A main component of vitamin B supplement, vitamin B1, also known as thiamin or thiamine. This vitamin is necessary for our body to produce enzymes, as well as break down carbohydrates. As all the other vitamins in a vitamin B supplement, B1 is also helpful for reducing stress and boost the immune system, making it stronger in fighting infections. The B1 Vitamin deficiency may cause the disease known as Beri-beri, which leads to the tingling and swelling of hands and feet, nystagmus (flicking eye movements) and breathing problems due to the fluid in lungs.

B1 vitamin can be naturally found in foods such as whole cereals, brewer's yeast, wheat germ and organ meats.

The B2 Vitamin

Another name for this vitamin is Riboflavin and has an anti-oxidant activity and scavenges free radicals in the body that can damage the cells. B2 also helps breaking down carbohydrates, just like vitamin B1. It is contained in many foods, so deficiencies are very scarce in developed countries. However, a deficiency in this vitamin can cause skin diseases and light sensitivity.

The B3 Vitamin

This also helps break down carbohydrates and is known as niacin as well. You can find B3 mostly in meats, including fish and poultry, as well as yeasts. If you are a vegetarian, you can find it in nuts. B3 deficiencies may result in skin conditions and digestion problems - a condition often referred to as pellegra.

The B5 Vitamin

B5 - also known as Pantothenic acid - can be found in most foods. For this reason, it is very improbable to have a deficiency of vitamin B5 alone.

The B6 Vitamin

The vitamin named B6 is yet another significant component of a vitamin B supplement. It plays a major role in the processing of proteins, helping maintain the normal blood sugar well as contributing in the production of hemoglobin; the substance that carries oxygen in the blood. A deficiency of this vitamin can often cause in anemia and affects the immune system negatively. Unless you're over 55 or you are on a poor diet; you are unlikely to suffer from a vitamin B6 deficiency.

The B12 Vitamin

B12 is also a very important component of a vitamin B supplement. It is known as cobalamin as well. Its function is to contribute in the producing of red blood cells. It helps the growing process in children and plays an important part in the protein and carbohydrate metabolism as well. In addition it is also vital in keeping the nervous system healthy. B12 deficiency can have several negative consequences. It may be the first step of developing pernicious anemia, with symptoms of impaired nerve function, such as numbness and tingling. Aged people who have a low vitamin B12 level are also more likely to develop depression symptoms.

The vitamin B complex plays a significant part in the good functioning of our body. It is normally hard to absorb but vitamin B supplements are very effective in maintaining a proper vitamin B level and keeping us healthy.
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Dean Brooks is an internet publisher who likes to publish information about vitamins. You can go to the website for more detailed info.

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