Some of the Ways the B Vitamins Benefit Your Body…

11 Jan

Though you may commonly see foods or drinks touting they contain one or more of the various B vitamins, you may wonder what they do for you. While they play a number of roles in keeping you healthy, here are some of their more important jobs:

  • Thiamine (B1) plays an important role in both the creation of new cells. Like all the other B vitamins, it also helps in the process of turning the food you eat into energy.
  • Riboflavin (B2) helps to transport oxygen throughout the body and also assists in removing free radicals that may damage cells.
  • Niacin (B3) supports over 200 chemical reactions in the body and is believed to improve cholesterol levels.
  • Pantothenic Acid (B5) is critical for the production of the sex and stress-related hormones in the adrenal glands.
  • Pyridoxine (B6) helps produce mood and sleep regulating hormones like serotonin, melatonin, and norepinephrine.
  • Biotin (B7) is called the beauty hormone as it is associated with the production of healthy hair, skin, and nails.
  • Folate (B9) helps reduce the risk of birth defects in developing fetuses and may also help adults lower their risk for depression and memory loss.
  • Cobalamin’s (B12) most important job may be its role in the production, repair, and maintenance of red blood cells.

 

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