The complex reasons we need supplemental vitamin B

Eight different compounds make up the Vitamin B complex; we need all of them every day

 

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Vitamin B Complex capsules

A completely natural supplement derived from whole foods without any synthetic substitutions or additives.

The capsules contain a powdered and concentrated blend of organically grown products like citrus pulp, corn and alfalfa to make it easier for you to get all the B vitamins you need in one daily dose.

Even the capsule is 100% vegetable making it suitable for vegetarians.

In fact this product is free from; wheat, live yeast, starch, gluten, milk products (lactose), added sugars, additives, colourings, flavourings, preservatives and GM ingredients.

And because it is wholly natural it is gentle on the stomach and digestive system and easily absorbed by your body’s biochemical systems.

 

Why would I need a supplement?

There is no single vitamin B; for reasons best known to themselves biochemists have categorised eight different vitamins under the banner of vitamin B together known as the vitamin B complex.

Each of them is a distinct and unique entity with its own important role to play in maintaining your body’s vital functions.

They’re all readily available in a wide variety of foods although B12 is only naturally present in meat, fish and dairy products making it particularly problematic for vegans or lactose intolerant vegetarians.

Unfortunately the processing of food rapidly diminishes the vitamin content to such an extent that governments have legally required the fortification of certain processed foods, like flour, with vitamin B supplements to try and artificially replace the natural vitamin content that has been lost.

Most commercially sold breakfast cereals use the same method to add back vitamins lost in their processing to allow them to continue to claim health benefits for their products.

But these re-added vitamins are not natural and nutritional research has long shown that the body has a much easier time absorbing and breaking down vitamins from a natural source than artificially produced substitutes.

If you can you should ensure your vitamin intake by eating a healthily balanced and varied diet including plenty of fruits and vegetables every day.

If you can’t, there’s no better way than our supplement to be sure your body gets the vitamins it needs.

 Vitamin B Complex

It's complex

The official NHS Choices website gives a breakdown and definition of each of the vitamins in the vitamin B complex:

 

Thiamin (vitamin B1)

Thiamin is also known as vitamin B1. It has several important functions, including working with other B-group vitamins to help break down and release energy from food and keeping the nervous system healthy.

Thiamin cannot be stored in the body, so you need it in your diet every day.

 

Riboflavin (vitamin B2)

Riboflavin is also known as vitamin B2. Its functions include keeping skin, eyes and the nervous system healthy and helping the body release energy from the food we eat

UV light can destroy riboflavin, so source foods should be kept out of direct sunlight.

Riboflavin cannot be stored in the body, so you need it in your diet every day.

 

Niacin (vitamin B3)

Niacin is also known as vitamin B3. It has several important functions, including helping to release energy from the foods we eat and helping to keep the nervous systems and skin healthy

There are two forms of niacin – nicotinic acid and nicotinamide.

Niacin cannot be stored in the body, so you need it in your diet every day.

 

Pantothenic acid

Pantothenic acid has several functions, such as helping to release energy from the food we eat.

Pantothenic acid cannot be stored in the body, so you need it in your diet every day.

 

Vitamin B6

Vitamin B6 is also known as pyridoxine. It has several important functions, including allowing the body to use and store energy from protein and carbohydrates in food and helping to form haemoglobin – the substance in red blood cells that carries oxygen around the body

 

Biotin (vitamin B7)

Biotin is essential for the metabolism of fat although very small amounts are needed.

The bacteria that live naturally in your bowel are able to make biotin, so it's not clear if you need any additional biotin from the diet.

(Please note: Biotin is not included in our supplement)

 

Folic acid

Folic acid, known as folate in its natural form, is one of the B-group vitamins.

It has several important functions including working together with vitamin B12 to form healthy red blood cells and helping to reduce the risk of central nervous system defects, such as spina bifida, in unborn babies

Folic acid cannot be stored in the body, so you need it in your diet every day.

If you are pregnant, thinking of trying to have a baby or likely to become pregnant, it is recommended that you take a 0.4mg (400 micrograms) folic acid supplement daily from the time you stop using contraception until the 12th week of pregnancy. This is to help prevent birth defects of the central nervous system, such as spina bifida, in your baby.

If you have a family history of conditions like spina bifida (known as neural tube defects), you may need to take a higher dose of 5mg of folic acid each day until the 12th week of pregnancy. This is available on prescription from your GP. Women with diabetes and those taking anti-epileptic medicines should speak to their GP for advice, as they may also need to take a higher dose of folic acid.

 

Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 has several important functions and is involved in making red blood cells and keeping the nervous system healthy, releasing energy from the food we eat and processing folic acid

Vitamin B12 is not found naturally in foods such as fruit, vegetables and grains, vegans may not get enough of this vitamin from their diet alone.

 

 

One a day every day

Just one of our vitamin B complex capsules will ensure that you have taken more than the minimum daily allowance of each of these vital vitamins.

They even include 10mg of vitamin C (13% if the recommended daily allowance) and bioflavonoids, the powerful antioxidants that help Vitamin C absorption.

Each packet contains 30 capsules in a handy re-sealable sachet.

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