There are some things in life that just make you feel ‘happy’. For me, a daily dose of Liquid Vitamin B does that. In fact, I will notice when I’m not getting enough, (or perhaps may have been slightly lazy and ‘forgotten’ to take it) as I will feel generally in a ‘slump’/unmotivated/no energy.
‘The greatest wealth is health’
So, Vitamin B, what’s so great about it? How can it be so good, to deserve to be referred to as Liquid Gold?
Firstly Vitamin B Is a water-soluble group of 8 vitamins that are essential for energy production, red blood cell production and my favourite; managing stress. Considering there are 13 Vitamins essential for body functions, the Vitamin B group contains 8; I would rate it relatively important.
Essential for ATP (energy) production from (glucose) Carbohydrates and plays a role in the nervous system.
Food Source: dark green leafy vegetables, fortified whole-grain cereals, Almonds, Lentils.
Promotes growth, metabolism and healthy vision.
Food Source: Milk and milk products such as yogurt and cheese are rich in riboflavin. Asparagus, spinach and other dark green leafy vegetables, chicken.
- Vitamin B3 (niacin or niacinamide)
(My #1 favourite of the B group) Plays an essential role in the metabolism of Glucose, fat and alcohol. It is also essential for good skin & digestive system health. (Often used in professional skin care products to calm, heal and promote optimal skin health).
- Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid)
Assists metabolism of food. Plays a role in the nervous system and skin.
- Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine, pyridoxal, or pyridoxamine, or pyridoxine hydrochloride)
Also referred to as ‘the Mood’ Vitamin, B6 assists normal brain function, immune system and health, and steroid hormone activity.
Food Source: Poultry, seafood, bananas, leafy green vegetables such as spinach.
- Vitamin B7 (biotin)(vitamin H)
Required for energy production, fat & glycogen synthesis
Food Source: Salmon, Avocado (small quantities in fruit in vegetables).
Required to form red blood cells which deliver oxygen throughout the body. Folate is suggested when planning a pregnancy or pregnant as it promotes DNA synthesis and cell growth (can also lower the risk of Spina Bifida in the baby).
Food Source: Leafy greens such as spinach and turnip greens and other fresh fruits and vegetables (think Foliage).
- Vitamin B12 (various cobalamins; commonly cyanocobalamin in vitamin supplements)
Essential for the Nervous system (protects the Myelin surrounding the nerve cells). Great for stress, depression, nervous disorders. Energy production (conversion of Glucose from carbohydrates into energy), can promote ‘good’ overall health.
Food source: Fish, Cheese, Eggs.
Being a water-soluble Vitamin it is easily flushed through & destructed in the body (the body can only store B12 & folate in the liver). It is easily destroyed when cooking and processing food. Stress, alcohol, and poor diets will all deplete (attack) your Vitamin B levels. sugar directly attacks Vitamin B3, reducing its effect.
Vitamin B has been tested and studies are continuing about the effects of Vitamin B to assist depression and anxiety, Vitamin B12 and Folate in particular. Participants who received Vitamin B daily, were more successful at treating the symptoms of depression then those who didn’t. B vitamins are also essential for the production and proper functioning of several neurotransmitters including dopamine (the feel good hormone, pleasure experience).
Feeling stressed? Try incorporating Vitamin B every day (commit, change takes time), and see how you feel. As vitamin B is essential for energy production, normal brain function and Dopamine, it has been acknowledged to reduce stress levels.
Signs that you may be deficient:
*Low energy levels, fatigue.
*Dermatitis, Excema (a general redness over the face particular around the corners of the mouth).
*Stress; ‘on edge’ feeling.
‘To keep the body in good health is a duty, for otherwise we shall not be able to trim the lamp of wisdom, and keep our mind strong and clear. Water surrounds the lotus flower, but does not wet its petals.” ~Buddha
You can have your levels checked at you local GP, if you are deficient they may choose to ‘inject’ Vitamin B (approx. 3 months supply).
I chose to use Liquid Vitamin B (as I’m a little sensitive to tablets) and I believe that Liquid absorbs faster (for myself, remember we are all individuals, find out what works for you).
Now, I’m off to get my morning ‘happy’…
Have a gorgeous day.
Love & Light, Charlie x.
*Please remember; It is important not to self-diagnose a vitamin deficiency because some vitamins can be toxic if taken incorrectly. See your doctor or dietitian for advice.