8 vitamins, numerous essential functions. Here’s why B-complex contains the “building blocks of health”.
If you’ve ever received one of our vitamin injections or IV drips, you have likely benefited from B-complex. This aptly named nutrient is actually a combination of eight B vitamins, each of which has a multitude of health benefits. Of course, like the old adage goes… individually they are strong, but together they are unstoppable!
B vitamins are essential to our physical and mental health and longevity. Often referred to as the “building blocks” of a healthy body, these water soluble vitamins have a direct impact on our energy, brain function, and cell metabolism.
Specifically, each member of B-complex has a unique structure and performs unique functions. Amongst other things, B vitamins promote:
- red blood cell formation
- DNA / RNA synthesis and repair
- optimal energy levels
- good eyesight
- healthy brain function, especially concentration & memory
- mood regulation
- adequate digestion
- proper nerve function
- wound healing
- skin and bone health
- hormone & cholesterol production
- cardiovascular health
- muscle tone
For women, B vitamins are especially important during pregnancy, as they aid in fetal brain development and reduce the risk of birth defects. B vitamins may also help ease nausea, increase energy, reduce stress, and lower the risk of developing preeclampsia during pregnancy.
In men, B vitamins are thought to increase testosterone levels, which naturally decrease with age. Low testosterone can manifest in a variety of negative symptoms, which may be misdiagnosed or missed entirely by medical practitioners.
B complex is also crucial to a healthy immune system. In one particular study focused on COVID-19, the authors indicated that B-complex “assists in proper activation of both the innate and adaptive immune responses, reduces pro-inflammatory cytokine levels, improves respiratory function, maintains endothelial integrity, prevents hypercoagulability and can reduce the length of stay in hospital.”
Now that we’ve discussed the many superpowers of B-complex, let’s break it down.
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine)
The first B vitamin ever discovered!
- A coenzyme in synthesizing fatty acids, nucleic acids, and neurotransmitters
- Essential for brain function
- Contributes to the structure and function of cellular membranes – especially important for wound healing, skin health etc.
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)
- Needed to process amino acids and fats
- Helps to create energy (ATP) by converting carbohydrates to “fuel” for our bodies
- Helps the body absorb and utilize iron
- Regulates thyroid hormones
Fun Fact: Studies have shown vitamin B2 to be effective at reducing the frequency and severity of migraine headaches.
Vitamin B3 (Niacin)
- Plays a role in cell signaling and DNA repair
- Essential for maintaining healthy skin, nerves, and digestion
- Often prescribed to help improve cholesterol levels
One of the most notable functions of niacin is its role in enhancing nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD+), a molecule with potent anti-aging benefits.
Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid)
- Activates the adrenal system to help our bodies mitigate the negative effects of stress
- Converts food into fuel (glucose), used to produce energy
- Used to make coenzyme A (CoA), a chemical compound that helps enzymes break down fatty acids
- May help reduce triglycerides in people who have high cholesterol
- Antioxidant that reduces low-grade inflammation
Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)
- Assists hemoglobin creation, so red blood cells can transport oxygen
- Boosts immune system function
- Crucial for central nervous system development during pregnancy & infancy
- Aids neurotransmitter production (serotonin, dopamine, GABA, noradrenaline, and melatonin)
Pyridoxine’s hormone-balancing benefits not only aid emotional well-being, but also skin health. Vitamin B6 helps maintain normal levels of homocysteine – an amino acid that can become elevated in the presence of emotional stress and which has been linked to the acceleration of skin aging.
Biotin (aka, the “B-eauty vitamin”) has been shown to:
- Improve hair and nail quality, thickness, and resiliency
- Act as a coenzyme in the metabolism of protein, fats, and carbohydrates
- Improve glucose levels in Type 2 diabetics and may reduce pain from diabetic nerve damage
B9 (Folic Acid / Folate)
- Essential for cell replication and growth
- DNA production & repair
- Crucial for rapidly growing and regenerating tissues or cells – fetus, red blood cells, and immune cells
- During pregnancy, may reduce the risk of certain birth defects
Vitamin B12 (Cobalamin)
Is there anything vitamin B12 can’t do?
- Essential for building new immune cells and initiating an immune response
- Boosts energy & assists metabolism
- Needed for a healthy nervous system
- Reduces risk of risk of heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis, and Alzheimer’s disease
- Helps battle insomnia, depression, chronic pain, anxiety, and anemia
While it can be a challenge to get all of your essential B vitamins at home, our nutrient injections and IV drips make it easy to get 100% of your vitamins. Ask one of our licensed medical practitioners which treatments contain B-complex at your next appointment.
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