B Vitamins and all Their Goodness (part 1 of 6)

B vitamins are essential for maintaining healthy nerves and immune system, skin, eyes, hair, tissues and liver. New studies are always finding new functions of B vitamins and clinical uses of B Vitamin supplementation. There have been studies that show B Vitamins at high doses can alleviate psychiatric symptoms like mild depression, anxiety, nervousness, painful menstruation, and poor memory. In addition, B vitamin deficiencies have been linked to disorders like schizophrenia, depression, delirium and anxiety. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome also appears to respond positively to B vitamin therapy. Because there is sooo much information about B vitamins I`m going to make this part one of six.

Food Sources of B vitamins include: Whole grains like wheat, rice, oats, rye and in liver. Also found in green leafy vegetables, meats, poultry, fish, eggs, nuts and beans.

B1 (Thiamin) was the first of all the B Vitamins to be discovered in the 1920s. Thiamin or B1 is essential in the metabolism of Carbohydrates, it is also necessary for proper growth and the maintenance of healthy skin. There is also some indication that it plays a role in our resistance to disease.

If you are sick, stressed, (emotionally or physically as in surgery or trauma), pregnant or breast-feeding, or have an overactive thyroid, your need for B vitamins automatically increases.

B vitamins work much better together so when choosing a B vitamin supplement, unless other specified by your health practitioner always choose a B Vitamin complex and you should never take high doses of one B vitamin without increasing all the others.

This information is for educational purposes and is not meant to diagnose or treat illness; to do so please consult a licensed physician.

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