B Complex vitamins
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:
- Assist break down of carbohydrates, fats and proteins into energy
- Coordinate muscle tone in the digestive system
- Maintain health of skin, hair, eyes, and mouth
- Support healthy cellular, brain and cognitive function
- Enhance cell growth and division, including red blood cell formation
- 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:
- Processed foods
- 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.)