What is Vitamin B Complex?
Vitamin B is one of the most essential vitamins and probably one of the most confusing -- there are 8 of them! Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. These 8 vitamins have very distinct functions and benefits. B vitamins have been found to increase mental clarity and focus, balance moods, and promote healthy skin and hair. More importantly, B vitamins support critical functions such as:
- cell metabolism
- energy production
- cardiovascular health
- red blood cell generation
- brain and nerve function
- immune response
With that being said, a deficiency of certain vitamin B strains could be extremely debilitating. For example, a B12 deficiency can lead to low levels of red blood cells, which are used to combat infections. Symptoms of a vitamin B deficiency can present as fatigue, dizziness, shortness of breath, muscle weakness, depression, personality changes, and even memory loss.
The good newsis that vitamin B can be found in many foods such as red meat, dairy, beans, brown rice, and vegetables. The bad newsis that even though there is an abundance of vitamin B-rich foods, Harvard University revealed from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey that 3.2%of adults over 50 years old have dangerously low levels B12 and almost 20%have a borderline deficiency.
Clearly, sufficient vitamin B levels are crucial to having great health. If you’ve been feeling lethargic, unfocused, or under the weather a little more often, you may be borderline deficient in vitamin B.
Can B Vitamins really increase my energy levels?
Yes! B12, or cobalamin, specifically contributes to the conversion of the food you eat into glucose, which is what gives you energy. Additionally, B1, B2, B3, and B5 are crucial to the production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which is your cells’ energy source. B vitamins work in synergy to ensure optimal energy production within your body, which is why it is important to make sure you have enough of all 8 B vitamins.
What do experts say about vitamin B?
Dr. Uma Naidoo, Harvard’s Nutrition Expert and Director of Nutritional and Lifestyle Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital, believes that vitamin B may have significant benefits against illnesses, such as viral infections. She explains that when a virus infects an immune system that isn’t properly managed, the body can overreact causing a cytokine storm, which can lead to more damage. Cytokines are released by immune cells as a response to an invading virus by causing inflammation; this overreaction is responsible for the most severe outcomes and even death from viral infections especially Covid-19.
Dr. Naidoo and Oxford PhD candidate, Nicholas Norwitz, suggest that vitamin B-supplementation could lessen the severity of outcomes in viral infections due to its beneficial effect on the immune system and ability to reduce the likelihood of an overreactive immune response.
Okay, where can I get all my necessary vitamin B!?
Hold your horses, it’s not that simple -- or is it? B vitamins are water-soluble, which means they are excreted from your body daily and need to be replenished on a regular basis. Some people simply do not consume enough essential B vitamins to meet their daily needs. We’re here to help. Our UB Super Food Complex contains all 8 essential B vitamins of which B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7/Biotin and B9/Folate are derived from organic plant based sources and B12 Methylcobalaminat up to 6667% of the recommended dietary intake, allowing your body to absorb what it needs then excrete the rest.
Unlike organically-derived vitamins, synthetic vitamins require othernutrients to be able to convert to their active form in the body. For example, if you take a synthetic folic acid but lack vitamin C, niacin, and B12, your body will not be able to properly convert the folic acid into vitamin B9.
Just one scoop of UB Super Plant Based Protein Superfood Nutritional Shake contains all the essential B vitamins you need in a day and more. Protect your body from the unexpected and fuel your active lifestyle by starting your day with our nutritious, vitamin-packed shake. It really is thatsimple.
Read more about how vitamin B can protect your body and increase your energy levels including how to support your immune system with Covid-19 here: