Vitamin B Group



The vitamin B group consists mostly of eight vitamins: B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), B5 (pantothenic acid), B6, B7 (biotin), B12 and B9 (folic acid). They often can be found in different combinations in products under the expression the 'vitamin B complex'.

All B vitamins are water soluble, and each has a role in metabolism. They help the body get energy from carbohydrates, fat and protein from food, which is why not getting enough B vitamins may result in a lack of energy.


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.

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