Vitamin – B 101
Vitamin B1 – This will enhances blood circulation, helps in blood formation and metabolism of carbohydrates, maintaining appetite and normal digestion. Essential for a well functioning nervous system as well as helps proper function of the heart and muscular system.
Found In: Whole grain cereals, peas, beans, peanuts, legumes, brewer’s yeast, almonds and egg yolk.
Vitamin B2 – Helps body break down amino acids, regulates energy, growth, hormones and formation of red blood cells. Supports cellular breathing. Prevents red, cracked lips and burning tongue.
Found In: Egg whites, lean meat, fish, wheat germ, almonds, mushrooms and milk.
Vitamin B3 – This one is important for fat synthesis, protein and carbohydrate breakdown, tissue respiration, health of skin, tongue and digestive system. Higher doses may help manage cholesterol.
Found In: Yeast, lean meat, chicken, salmon, tuna, legumes, whole grain cereals, peanuts.
Vitamin B5 – Helps body metabolize carbohydrates and fats. Offsets deficiency-related dermatitis and ‘burning foot’ syndrome.
Found In: Eggs, chicken, avocados, soybeans, whole grains, peas, sweet potatoes, yeast and broccoli.
Vitamin B6 – Helps the body to absorb and metabolize amino acids, to use fats, and to form red blood cells. Vitamin B6 is involved in the metabolism of protein and carbohydrates as well as production of insulin.
Found In: Chicken, fish, pork, eggs, rice, soybeans, oats, whole wheat, peanuts, walnuts, bananas, avocados and carrots.
Vitamin B12 – Red blood cell health and development, treats ‘pernicious anemia’, used in management of neuropathy. Vitamin B12 is necessary for proper utilization of fats, carbohydrates, and proteins for bodybuilding.
Found In: Meat, tuna, milk, cottage cheese, yogurt, eggs, soybeans and soy products.
I hope after reading over this list you can see how important taking just a few types of Vitamin – B can help. It’s always important to make sure we are at our best if we want to beat the rest!
Article written and submitted by:
Timothy B. Roberts
NASM CPT FNS
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