Each vitamin in the B group holds specific functions. All of them support metabolism which gives our bodies energy. The vitamin B group:
* assists with cell division which causes tissue growth and regeneration (B9, B12),
* works to maintain healthy skin (B2, B3, B7) and hair (B7 also known as 'biotin'),
* helps our nervous systems function properly (all B vitamins except for B5 and B9),
* assists the immune system (B6, B9 and B12),
* contributes to normal psychological function and reduce tiredness and fatigue (most of the B vitamins).
Everyone can benefit from B vitamins, and it is essential that we intake them on a daily basis, since our bodies cannot naturally store them. Our Western lifestyle and diet have left many of us with some degree of vitamin B deficiency.
Did you know ?
Vitamin B1 for example was discovered as a result of an ailment among some sailors, prisoners and Asians. The ailment, called “beriberi”, the result of a vitamin B deficiency, caused symptoms like mental confusion, high blood pressure, and even difficulties with walking. One way to prevent beriberi was discovered by Dutch physician, Christiaan Eijkman in 1897 who found that a diet of unpolished rice husks prevented the ailment.