The biochemical actions of the Bs are truly multifarious, affecting every organ system and all aspects of our health - Pamela Weintraub
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In the constellation of vitamins, D has been the rising star. Many doctors now accept the D deficit as a cause of bone loss, fatigue, increased risk of heart disease and even cancer, and they routinely test and treat their patients for this deficiency.
Amid the D mania, though, a quieter movement has emerged: An increasingly vocal group of nutritionists and integrative practitioners argue that B vitamins play a critical role in heart health and immunity, and also provide widely effective treatments for headache, fatigue, mood, stress and menstrual disorders.
“B vitamins are real multitaskers and are involved in so many critical processes,” says Kathie Swift, MS, RD, LDN, nutrition…
The ultimate in well-connected catalysts, B vitamins work together to trigger critical biochemical reactions throughout your entire body.
One of the advances that changed the way we look at vitamins was the discovery that too little folate, one of the eight B vitamins, is linked to birth defects such as spina bifida and anencephaly.
These vitamins help the process your body uses to get or make energy from the food you eat. They also help form red blood cells. You can get B vitamins from proteins such as fish, poultry, meat, eggs, and dairy products. Leafy green vegetables, beans, and peas also have B vitamins. Many cereals and some breads have added B vitamins.
There are many different types of vitamin B and they all have important functions. •thiamin (vitamin B1) •riboflavin (vitamin B2) •niacin (vitamin B3) •pantothenic acid •vitamin B6 •folic acid •vitamin B12
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