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Vitamin B complex

Metabolism Booster

  • Important for the nervous system and energy metabolism
  • Aids heart by lowering bad cholesterol
  • Helps prevent intensity of migraines
  • May strengthen hair and nails
  • Recommended for vegetarians and vegans

OVERVIEW

Our Vitamin B Complex delivers eight types of Vitamin B, all of which have an important role in healthy metabolism,[1] [2] blood cell creation and growth. They make sure the energy we consume gets to where it needs to go, especially to the brain, muscles and nervous system. These types of Vitamin B can be found in many foods, but if you do not have a varied diet, supplementation is a great way to ensure you get enough of each type.

Product Type: 2 Veggie Capsules
Dosage: Varies

Ingredients

Vegetable cellulose (capsule), rice bran, stearic acid, silica

does not contain

milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat or soybeans

summary of research

  • Help for your heart

    A 2002 study on 30 men and 23 women found that Vitamin B12 and Folic Acid supplementation reduced homocysteine concentrations, which is a risk factor in cardiovascular disease. Another 2012 study tested the effects of B12 supplementation on  heart rate variability on 47 healthy subjects over 60. After three months, the subjects who were given Vitamin B12 showed an improvement in heart rate variability over their placebo counterparts.[3] Additionally, Vitamin B3 lowers triglycerides and bad (LDL) cholesterol while increasing good (HDL) levels.[4]

     

     

    Research Score: Promising

  • May help prevent Age-related Macular Degeneration

    The macula is located in the middle of the retina. Age-related Macular Degeneration is a disease in which the macula progressively deteriorates due to aging, leading to blurry vision, loss of colour and the appearance of

    dark or empty spots in the central line of vision.[5] A 2010 study examined the effects of Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12 and folic acid supplementation on 5442 women aged 40 and above for 7 years. It concluded that long term supplementation reduced the risk of developing Age-related Macular Degeneration.[6]

     

     

    Research Score: Promising

  • Important for the nervous system and energy metabolism

    The different types of Vitamin B are essential for the nervous system and the brain. Specifically, they aid chemical signalling, enhance energy metabolism and create DNA and RNA.[7] [8]

     

    A 2013 study examined the effects of Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) supplementation on fatigue during exercise on nine students who exercised for one hour a day, five days a week for four weeks. It concluded Vitamin B1 supplementation improves carbohydrate metabolism, creating more energy and delaying the onset of fatigue.[9]

     

    Research Score: Strong

  • May prevent migraine

    Low Vitamin B2 levels can lead to mitochondrial dysfunction, which may cause migraines to worsen. A 2015 review examined eleven high quality studies (seven on adults and four on children) about the effects of Vitamin B2 supplementation on people with migraines. The results show Vitamin B2 can prevent the frequency and duration of migraine symptoms without any serious side effects.[10]

     

    Research Score: Promising

  • Recommended for vegetarians and vegans

    Since Vitamin B12 is predominantly found in meat and fish, vegetarians and vegans are at risk of not having enough in their diets. That is why it is recommended for vegetarians and vegans.[11] [12] [13]

     

    Research Score: Strong

  • Recommended for people on gluten-free, low fruit and vegetable, and high alcohol diets

    Although Vitamin B is mainly found in meat and fish, it does also appear in some citrus fruits, avocados, bananas, legumes, seeds and nuts, and dark leafy vegetables. That is why people who do not eat much fruit or vegetable are at risk of being Vitamin B deficient. Also, people who frequently consume alcohol are at risk of Vitamin B deficiency and should consider supplementation.[14] [15] [16]

     

    Moreover, people with coeliac disease or on gluten-free diets may not have enough folic acid, Vitamin B12, and Vitamin B6 in their diets. That is why supplementing Vitamin B Complex is recommended for people who do not eat gluten.[17] [18]

     

    Research Score: Strong

  • May strengthen hair and nails

    Biotin may strengthen hair and nails. A study of 22 people who supplemented 2.5 mg Biotin daily for 6-15 months found improved strength in nails and increased nail thickness.[19] The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) also found that Biotin strengthens hair.[20]

     

    Research Score: Promising

  • References

    1. Interactions of thiamin, riboflavin, and other B-vitamins, Sauberlich HE, Ann N Y Acad Sci. 1980;355:80-97.

    2. Vitamin supplementation and athletic performance., Williams MH, Int J Vitam Nutr Res Suppl. 1989;30:163-91

    3. Sucharita S, Thomas T, Antony B, Vaz M. Vitamin B12 supplementation improves heart rate variability in healthy elderly Indian subjects. Auton Neurosci. 2012;168(1-2):66-71.

    4. Julius U, Fischer S. Nicotinic acid as a lipid-modifying drug--a review. Atheroscler Suppl. 2013;14(1):7-13.

    5. https://www.elderly.gov.hk/english/common_health_problems/others/amd_factsheet.html

    6. Christen WG, Glynn RJ, Chew EY, Albert CM, Manson JE. Folic Acid, Vitamin B6, and Vitamin B12 in Combination and Age-related Macular Degeneration in a Randomized Trial of Women. Archives of internal medicine. 2009;169(4):335-341. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2008.574.

    7. B Vitamins and the Brain: Mechanisms, Dose and Efficacy—A Review, Kennedy, DO, Nutrients, 2016

    8. The Role of B Vitamins in Preventing and Treating Cognitive Impairment and Decline, Martha Savaria Morris, Advances in Nutrition: An International Review Journal, 2012

    9. Choi S-K, Baek S-H, Choi S-W. The effects of endurance training and thiamine supplementation on anti-fatigue during exercise. Journal of Exercise Nutrition & Biochemistry. 2013;17(4):189-198. doi:10.5717/jenb.2013.17.4.189.

    10. Namazi N, Heshmati J, Tarighat-esfanjani A. Supplementation with Riboflavin (Vitamin B2) for Migraine Prophylaxis in Adults and Children: A Review. Int J Vitam Nutr Res. 2015;85(1-2):79-87.

    11. Health effects of vegan diets, Winston J Craig, The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2009

    12. Nutritional Update for Physicians: Plant-Based Diets, Tuso PJ, Ismail MH, Ha BP, Bartolotto C., The Permanente Journal, 2013

    13. Vitamin B12 - Dietary Supplement Fact Sheet, Office of dietary supplements, National Institutes of Health, 2016

    14. Health Benefits of Fruits and Vegetables, Slavin JL & Lloyd B. , Advances in nutrition, 2012

    15. Frequently asked questions – Alcohol, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2016

    16. Relationships between nutrition, alcohol use, and liver disease., Lieber CS., Alcohol Research and Health, 2003

    17. Clinical trial: B vitamins improve health in patients with coeliac disease living on a gluten-free diet

    Hallert C, Svensson M, Tholstrup J, Hultberg B., Ailment Pharmacology & Therapeutics, 2009

    18. Evidence of poor vitamin status in coeliac patients on a gluten-free diet for 10 years, Hallert C, Grant C, Grehn S, Granno C , Hulten S, Midhagen G, Strom M, Svensson H, & Valdimarsson T. , Ailment Pharmacology & Therapeutics, 2002

    19. Treatment of brittle fingernails and onychoscizia with biotin: scanning electron microscopy., Colombo VE, Gerber F, Bronhofer M, Floersheim GL, J Am Acad Dermatol, 1990

    20. Scientific Opinion on the substantiation of health claims related to biotin and energy-yielding metabolism (ID 114,117), macronutrient metabolism (ID 113, 114, 117), maintenance of skin and mucous membranes (ID 115), maintenance of hair (ID 118, 2876) and function of the nervous system (ID 116) pursuant to Article 13(1) of Regulation (EC) No 1924/2006., EFSA Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies (NDA), EFSA Journal, 2009