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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Which B vitamins are the best?

Written by Tena Moore

To be honest, all B vitamins are important. While some people, and even some doctors, like to think that singling out one certain vitamin by itself is helpful for the body, most vitamins, minerals and other nutrients work as a team to get many jobs done at once. Each vitamin in the family of B vitamins all have different functions, and your body needs all of them.

The vitamin B complex consists of 8 B vitamins: B1 (also known as thiamine), B2 (also known as riboflavin), B3 (also known as niacin), B5 (also known as pantothenic acid), B6 (also known as pyridoxine), B7 (also known as biotin), B9 (also known as folic acid), and B12 (also known as cobalamin). The B vitamins work together to supply energy to the body and brain. They are needed for cell growth and reproduction, metabolism, a healthy immune system and a healthy nervous system.

Some people might say that vitamin B12 is the most important of the B vitamins; it is needed for digestion, energy production, cell function, gene function, metabolism and the absorptions of foods. A lot of emphasis has been placed on B12. Yet B9 helps the body create hemoglobin (very important during pregnancy), B7 helps the body metabolize protein and metabolize fat, B6 helps the body create red blood cells and reduces cholesterol in the arteries, while B2 protects against cancers and is needed to utilize oxygen.

Taking a B-Complex and supplying your body with all B vitamins is the best choice.

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