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I have lots of friends and family members that take B vitamins every day.

Q. Dear Terry, “I have lots of friends and family members that take B vitamins every day. I’m honestly not sure what B vitamins do. I would like more information before I start taking them. Can you tell me more info about B vitamins and why they are useful?” – Ron P., Grand Forks, ND

A. Dear Ron, B vitamins are crucial to our overall health and wellbeing. They play a role in virtually every system in our body, including: cardiovascular, nervous, muscular, endocrine, digestive, and others. B vitamins are very important for cardiovascular health and help to reduce homocysteine levels and inflammation. Our nervous system also relies upon B vitamins for protecting our nerve endings, which ensures proper communication throughout our brain and body. B vitamins have been shown to be helpful with many mood conditions, like depression. Several B vitamins also play a very important role in overall energy production in our body.

Many people may obtain B vitamins from their diet, but often times they are not in the proper form. Roughly 30% of the population has difficulty converting B-vitamins into their active form.

Plus, many medications can deplete the body of B vitamins like birth control pills, Metformin (used for type 2 diabetes), epilepsy, blood pressure and ulcer medications, steroids, and antibiotics. Even over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen are at fault.

This is why I recommend taking B6, B12, and folic acid in their active forms – P-5-P (pyridoxal-5-phosphate), methylcobalamin, and methylfolate, respectively. These forms don’t require conversion by the liver, so they can go to work immediately to increase energy levels, support heart health, and optimize metabolism.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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