If you are leading a stressful life, experiencing fatigue, poor memory and concentration, or facing hair loss problems, you may be lacking in certain B vitamins. Here’s what you need to know:
1. Why do you need B vitamins?
B vitamins help to ensure that various parts of your body are functioning at the optimum. They serve as catalysts for numerous enzymatic reactions and play many crucial roles in maintaining healthy nerves, skin, hair, eyes, liver, mouth, muscle tone, as well as proper brain function. B vitamins are also required in energy production, supporting hormone balance, memory and sleep quality and red blood cell formation.
2. How often should you take B vitamins and why is supplementation necessary?
Although B vitamins can be found in a variety of foods (e.g. leafy greens, meat and dairy products), they are easily destroyed during food processing as they are sensitive to heat and light. For example, simmering meat alone can lower the content of vitamin B1 (thiamine), vitamin B3 (niacin) and other B vitamins by up to 60%. Also, due to soil depletion, vegetables are no longer as nutritious (e.g. lesser B vitamins) as compared to those grown decades ago. Most importantly, since B vitamins are water-soluble, they are not stored by your body, but excreted in urine. What’s concerning is that moderate to heavy alcohol consumption and some medications can further deplete certain B vitamins. This makes it necessary for you to replenish your B vitamins every day through supplementation.
3. Should you take a single vitamin B or multiple B vitamins?
Every vitamin B has a unique function and a deficiency in one usually leads to a deficiency in another. As such, you are recommended to take a Vitamin B complex which contains multiple B vitamins instead of a single Vitamin B to support your overall well-being.
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AFC Natural Vitamin B Complex
Unlike the majority of vitamin B supplements which contain synthetic B vitamins, AFC Natural Vitamin B Complex is a high potency formulation of 6 all-natural B vitamins and Glutathione yeast extract. It contains B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), B6 (pyridoxine), B12 and Folic Acid. These naturally-derived Vitamin Bs have been proven to be up to 4 times more bioavailable and retained up to 2 times longer in the body than synthetic vitamins. They are easily digestible and assimilated in the body to perform their respective functions in a safe and effective manner. AFC Natural Vitamin B Complex helps to promote metabolism, energy production, healthy hair growth and skin complexion, relieve stress, as well as support healthy nervous system and sleep quality. It comes in small easy-to-swallow caplets and is suitable for both adults and children.