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Why do we need B complex vitamins daily?

There are 8 essential B vitamins, which are referred to collectively as vitamin B complex. They work together as a team, acting as catalysts for many vital bodily functions.

B complex vitamins:

  1. Assist break down of carbohydrates, fats and proteins into energy
  2. Coordinate muscle tone in the digestive system
  3. Maintain health of skin, hair, eyes, and mouth
  4. Support healthy cellular, brain and cognitive function
  5. Enhance cell growth and division, including red blood cell formation
  6. Support immune system function.

It is important to consume enough B vitamins every day because they are not stored in the body.
They must be ingested from food or a quality vitamin supplement such as Flightamins. B vitamins are water soluble, so excess amounts are excreted in urine.

Vitamin B may also play a role in regulating metabolism, acting as an intermediate cofactor between the food we eat and the production of energy in the body. 

Could your B complex vitamins be low?

The following factors can lead to compromised levels of B vitamins:

  • Stress
  • Processed foods
  • Medications
  • Compromised digestion
  • Damage to the lining of the stomach or the intestines
  • Cigarettes, alcohol or coffee
  • Pregnancy or breastfeeding
  • A low carb or vegan diet
  • Excessive exercise.

A study completed in 2008 showed that over 4 cups of coffee per day resulted in 11.7%, 14.1%, and 5.5% lower plasma concentrations of folate, B6, and riboflavin respectively, most likely due to increased excretion in urine. (Ulvik A, Vollset SE, Hoff G, Ueland PM. Coffee consumption and circulating B vitamins in healthy middle-aged men and women. Clin Chem. 2008 Sep;54(9):1489-96. Epub 2008 Jul 7.)