B-Complex Vitamins

Vitamin B5

Vitamin B5 otherwise known as Pantothenic Acid is another water soluble member of the B-complex family of vitamins. It is believed to help in the production of energy, helps reduce stress and controls the metabolism of fat.

This vitamin has recently gained in popularity due to the findings that suggest that not only can it boost energy levels but that it can also enhance the immune system and lower cholesterol levels and thereby help keep the heart healthy. It is also believed to encourage the healing of wounds, prevents fatigue and has been linked to the relief of arthritis.

The best natural sources include meat, whole grains, kidneys, nuts, chicken and eggs.

The symptoms of deficiency in Vitamin B5 can include:

  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal Pain

Although there are no known toxicity issues with Vitamin B5 doses in excess of 300mg per day should only occur under the strict supervision of a healthcare professional. Once again this vitamin is best taken in general use as part of a Vitamin B-complex supplement.

Vitamin B6

Vitamin B6 is once again another of the water based vitamins that are part of the vitamin B-complex family of vitamins and is sometimes referred to as Pyridoxine. This vitamin is essential for the production of antibodies and white blood cells.

This vitamin is extremely important as it is essential for the absorption of Vitamin B12 as well as being necessary for the correct functioning of over 60 enzymes in the body. Of all the B vitamins B6 is the most important for a healthy immune system and it is even thought to be of benefit in protecting the body from some cancers.

It is also widely used to relieve the symptoms of PMS and the menopause. In addition it is believed that this vitamin helps to control diabetes, acts as a natural diuretic and reduces muscle cramps and spasms.

The best natural sources of this vitamin are brewer’s yeast, liver, kidneys, heart, melon, cabbage and eggs.

The symptoms of deficiency in Vitamin B6 can include:

Skin problems
Nervous disorders

This vitamin is toxic in high doses and can cause nerve damage when taken in quantities of 200mg or more a day. Should generally be taken as part of a Vitamin B-complex supplement and the use of a time release version of supplementation is considered to be the most beneficial.

Doses of more than 50mg per day should only be under the close supervision of an healthcare professional.

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