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.
Terry . . . Naturally
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